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1: Vacuumed and cleaned today, and got to spend all day with that feel-good feeling of a clean house around you. ^_^

2: The weather was stunning today, and I had nowhere better to be than lounging around in it.

3: I truly do have an amazing job.  I enjoy it, it challenges me, and I know I'm making a difference, both for the bottom line of the college where I work and for the students and scientists.  It's the kind of job that people talk about when they say, "If you love what you do, then it never feels like work."  Well...truthfully it does feel like work, but it feels like work you WANT to do, which makes all the difference.  I had a hell of a week this past week, but I knew it was only in passing, and that furthermore a lot of it was due to the overabundance of success in the past couple of weeks, and most importantly that it was WORTH it.

If you're wondering how you get a job like this, incidentally, I got mine by working my butt off for it.  I decided somewhere around 2006, working a job that was already beginning to impact me from long-term stress and unhappiness, that I wasn't going to rest until I got a job and career I loved.  I then spent two years searching for a field that I could both enjoy and make money in, another year and a half preparing and researching for grad school, another two years mining grad school for everything I could get out of it, and finally a year on the job market while I filled my time with short-term freelance work, refusing to settle for positions that sounded only kind of okay.  It took a lot of preparation and a fair amount of luck, and more than once I had months of abject terror and anxiety as I jumped into the void and trusted that I'd land safely.

It was not easy, and I did it because I knew that my long-term happiness and security were at stake.  I am not a person who CAN work in a job I don't love for very long without it impacting my physical health.  It all started with me confronting that and admitting to it, and then deciding what I needed instead.

But listen.  It wasn't ONLY luck.  Those times when I cast myself into the void, it wasn't at random.  I looked at my goal and what it would take to get there.  I lined up the skills and resources I'd need.  I looked at the risks and did things to minimize or survive them as much as possible, lined up as many points in my favor as I could manage, and then sweated through the wait and anxiety attacks to discover the fruits of my work.  A change like this is terrifying.  A goal like this is huge.  But it IS something you can orchestrate.

Date: 2014-09-20 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asheissketchy.livejournal.com
Well said. Those words about work could not be more true. Work always feels like work, but when it's something you love (or even mildly enjoy), it's the positive type of work stress and that's fulfilling.

Trying to get myself into that state of long-term happiness right now, and it has been an arduous venture. But nothing ventured, nothing gained. And the end goal is always more fulfilling and appreciated, when you've worked hard to get there.

Date: 2014-09-20 11:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trobadora
If you're wondering how you get a job like this, incidentally, I got mine by working my butt off for it. I decided somewhere around 2006, working a job that was already beginning to impact me from long-term stress and unhappiness, that I wasn't going to rest until I got a job and career I loved. I then spent two years searching for a field that I could both enjoy and make money in, another year and a half preparing and researching for grad school, another two years mining grad school for everything I could get out of it, and finally a year on the job market while I filled my time with short-term freelance work, refusing to settle for positions that sounded only kind of okay. It took a lot of preparation and a fair amount of luck, and more than once I had months of abject terror and anxiety as I jumped into the void and trusted that I'd land safely.

You have no idea how much I admire you for that.

Date: 2014-09-20 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prettyarbitrary.livejournal.com
It's scary! I'm not going to say something like, "Everybody should do it!" because it is scary and it is a risk, and depending on individual energy levels, resources and risk factors and comfort with taking a chance, it's a math everybody has to do for themselves.

What makes me sad is that I think for a lot of people, what's holding back is primarily their lack of confidence in themselves. There were swathes of time in there where all I could rely on was my confidence that I had lined up what I needed and that when the moment came, I'd be ready for it. And I think that for a lot of people, when they try to imagine changing their lives, those waiting periods are where it crumbles for them. Not in their actual skill or ability to plan and prepare, but in their sheer ability to trust that their work will be strong enough to stand up to the test and the fear that comes with waiting.

Date: 2014-09-21 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mugenmine.livejournal.com
Yeah, once you have a job you love the bar is always set high. I had a job I loved but the job morphed when we were acquired so it's the not the same job anymore. I'm in that state now, looking while enduring, trying to be picky, and trying to shore up the confidence. (VERY HARD) Refusing to settle is the key. It's heartening to see that it worked out for you, as I push towards my next career move. I have to love what I do or it's really not worth doing... :-)

Date: 2014-09-21 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prettyarbitrary.livejournal.com
Eagh, yeah, I've seen that happen to people.

You are awesome! You can TOTALLY kick ass and land the right job for you.

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