Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Job excitement, anxiety

It has been a pretty jam packed two days. It seems like forever ago, but yesterday afternoon I a very pleasant experience at the farmers market. I got off work early and was home in time to walk through the farmers market that happens every Monday and goes until 6 pm. I sampled some of food, had a nibble of Taza chocolate and spilled strawberry jam on my shirt. The last stall I stopped at had a lot of fish products, but also hummus. I tried the hummus which was fantastic, as far as hummus goes and exclaimed to the gentleman working at that stall that I was excited to be able to come to the farmers market since by the time I get home the farmers market will be over. He asked what I did for work and proudly exclaimed that I worked for Americorps! He didn't know what that meant so I told him. It was the first time in my work history that I have been excited to tell someone what I do for work. In the past I have always been embarrassed about my job, and granted a job is a job and sometimes they are terrible and you just do it to pay your rent, but I am soooo happy to have a job that I love. I am excited to get up and go to work everyday. Its a really great feeling that I savor every second of the day. I never look at the clock and count down the minutes. Sometimes different parts of the day can drag on but on the whole I love my job so far.

That being said, I am still in orientation and haven't started the actual position that will occupy 1785 hours of my life from now until June. Too many people want positions in the Elementary school and not enough people want to work in the preschool. I have gone back and forth trying to weigh the differences and pros and cons between the programs. Part of me thinks that it might be fun to work in the preschool and that I should just volunteer to choose that position, but the other part would really enjoy working at the elementary school. I have decided to leave it up to the program directors to decide for me. I will make the best of what ever position I get. It's one of those situations where you just can't have it both ways and will miss out on somethings but there is good to be had in both situations. I will write more on the topic once I know my position. That being said, I REALLY hope I get the elementary school. I really want to tackle all of the challenges it poses, but preschool could be fun and I would get to reach out and help more kids with that program.

We had a really engaging training this afternoon. It was all about asset development. It discussed the 40 assets that kids need to develop to thrive and grow in to successful adults. We talked about which assets we developed in our youth and discussed ways to help foster assets with the kids we will be helping. I really liked how it was broken down into 8 different areas. I liked seeing it on paper, because a lot of the assets are things you know a kid needs like love, shelter and support but it broke down the reasons as to why these were needed and how they helped a child develop in to a well-rounded adult.

On an entirely different note I wanted to mention how much fun I had last night at Grendel's Den with Ryan, Mariana, Erika, Annabell and Sasha from Russia. I went intending on only having a beer and socializing for a short while, but it ended up with Sasha ordering us many a beverage. I had a lot of fun talking with so many different kinds of people and drinking drinks that don't usually indulge in. It was a memorable night full of excitement and laughter.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

More about my new job!

My new job is not just with Americorps. It is co-funded and sponsored by Leaps in Literacy, Mass Service Alliance, and the Old Colony Y. Just FYI.

Americorps is Great!

I am Americorps member and I will get things done! I have finished the first week of Americorps orientation. Being there with my fellow corps members is even better than I imagined. Everyone is really nice. We have been doing some really good team building exercises. The first day was pretty dry. Our program directors, Michelle and Matt read out loud our entire contract, which is over thirty pages long; and that was only part of the day. Ryan, one of my CMs, (Corps members) arranged a get-together the Saturday before we started so I was able to meet almost everybody before our program started. I am really enjoying learning more about each person. We have done all kinds of exercises involving name tags and different directions. I am getting a lot of great leadership training. I have also been learning about how to be reading coach and become a better listener. I am so excited to meet the kids I will be helping. It is soo great to FINALLY be excited to go to work. On that note, I am going to pick up my love, so we can go to bed, and I can start my second week of Americorps!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dinner with friends

I am so grateful that I had the chance to go out to dinner with my great roommates. I got off work early tonight and I didnt have to fight an insane amount of traffic on the way home. We ate at Jose's Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge. There are few things I like more than great company and food, especially when they are together. Yesterday was a bit more frustrating but I have two very patient friends that waited for me at Spice and Rice while I was stuck in massive traffic on the pike. Eating sushi and hanging out with Sherri and Jenae was great.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Some thoughts on hard work

1 Gary Sinise:
Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on schedule. The key is to keep working the engines

2 John Capuzzi:

A free lunch is only found in mousetraps

3 Liane Cordes:
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.

4 Lee Iacocca:
Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.

5 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

6 Franklin D. Roosevelt: Quotes:
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

7 Thomas A. Bennett: Quotes:
Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.

I found these quotes when I was looking for inspiration and explanation about hard work. I am trying to make sense my continual movement into the working world.

Quote number one really speaks to my career experience thus far. My engines need a lot of work. I am still trying to find a rewarding career that pays the bills. I equate work to being hard and boring, I know that can be part of that, but I am still trying to find a job that I am proud of, one that I am excited to go to each day instead of dreading of going there.

I have had a lot of free lunches that quote two speaks of, and am trying to break free of the biggest mouse trap of them all. I really need to FULLY support myself. I want to not worry about having enough money to pay for gas, a night of delivery food, or the electric bill.

I really like quote number 7. I think it tries to explain that its all worth it, all the hard work and the the long nights are worth it. I hope to get to that point. I think I need to test myself and see how hard of a worker I can be. I am going to try and not underestimate my abilities and be to hard on myself.

Quote number five is what I really strive for. I really want to work to "uplift humanity" I am excited to work like hell and help others. I dont want to get to anxious but I want to find a good paying fulfilling job after Americorps, I am just putting that out there in the universe, but one thing at a time I suppose.