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One Year Later

It's hard to believe that today is my one year anniversary at my job.

It's honestly gone by SO fast!

One year ago, I started my job Monday, completely worn down by my constant travel schedule at my old job and hopped on a plane to Orlando for our annual conference on Tuesday.  I remember telling this to friends and receiving confused looks since one of my reasons for leaving my old job was the exhausting travel schedule...and here I was traveling the first week.  I had to explain it wouldn't be constant.  I've traveled for work four times in the past year, and I'm perfectly comfortable.

I was thrown in with people I didn't know, who all knew each other, to work a conference where I didn't know anything about the association.  But I learned a lot.  And now, some of those people are great friends.  I love the community.  It's so different from anything I've experienced before.
day 3 on the job
One thing I would say about starting a new job is don't rush anything.
Don't rush friendships.  Don't think you'll know everything right away.  Take a step back and watch, but be willing to offer your fresh eyes to existing processes, gently.  A program you think doesn't make any sense may be the baby of the person you're talking to, and when you're new, you have no idea.  Enjoy the learning process.

I love that we have many annual events so all year I was doing different things, not the same thing over and over.  (Except for the monthly financials, which is my least favorite task, and we don't need to talk about that.)  I'm excited to have experienced these events once for this coming year and come up with new ideas.  

The business I work for mails out one year anniversary cards and my two bosses wrote such nice (and true) notes inside!  I think I'll leave it up all year long.

I think the fact that I'm excited for the next year says it all.
And next week I head to San Diego for our annual conference and I can't wait to have the experience with the knowledge and understanding I've gained in the last year.

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  1. Happy Anniversary!! (Sorry it's a week late!)

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