Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stepping Down

I think not many people update their blogs anymore (including me).  It's probably good to update it at least every few months anyway.  :)  The latest about me is that I have decided to step down from being a Project Manager.  After 6 months, it just wasn't getting any easier and I don't think I have the personality or mindset for it.  I'm grateful for the things I was able to learn and for the opportunity to grow in the position (yes, stress helps me to grow and helps me realize I can do anything... almost).  The past 1 1/2 weeks, I've been helping my replacement off and on and also helping with team samples to be caught up.  Starting Monday (maybe before), I will be a Team Leader again (much less stress than a Project Manager!).  Having that stress just wasn't worth the money.  I am hoping Jeff and I will still be able to save money with him doing full time school and part time work.  We'll sure try!  It's only for 2 more years (starting in January) and then he'll graduate!  I'm so happy we have a definite countdown now instead of wondering how much longer it will be.  :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Hate Naps!

I really hate naps. Especially long ones. I was tired after work, so I went to lay down, thinking I'd just rest my body and eyes for a bit, then next thing I knew, Jeff came home from work, but I went right back to sleep and woke up a while later, giving myself maybe almost 2 hours of sleep. Now it's late and past my bed time and I'm not tired. That's why I hate naps. At least tomorrow is Friday.

I've been in my Project Manager position for 2 months now. It is stressful at times, but very rewarding, not only with higher pay than my previous position of team leader, but also the experience I'm getting. I produced a sales sample for a library a couple weeks ago and found out yesterday that the library will be signing soon, so that was exciting to find out. :) Still a LOT to learn about this position, though!

Hopefully I'll be able to fall asleep soon ....

Thursday, March 22, 2012

2 weeks as Project Manager

It's been two weeks since I started my new position as a project manager at my work. It's been a little overwhelming as I don't know what I'm doing most of the time, but other project managers and the product manager over the project managers have been a big help. It will be a while till I'm comfortable with everything, but I'm learning more and more every day.

I was ecstatic to get this position. I've been with the company over 9 years. Six of those years was as a data technician in which I received an award as one of the top data technicians every one of those years. Almost 3 years I've been a team leader. That position definitely helped me to grow. I know this project manager position will help me grow even more. I'm a fan of Chalene Johnson (who does those Turbo Jam videos I like to exercise to sometimes) on Facebook and this past Monday she posted a sound clip of a "Motivational Monday" short message she gave. Click here, then press the play button. Her message is exactly what I needed to hear. So I am trying my best at learning all I can in this new position!

This position also came at a good time because come next January, Jeff is planning on doing fulltime school and part-time work, so the raise that came with this new position is greatly needed! I am hoping and praying that the sales department will get more work in for the department I'm part of. Right now, there are 2 project managers in the retrospective conversion department (I'm one of them) and 2 project managers in the cataloging department. If they don't get more work later this summer, my position will no longer be needed until they do get more work that one project manager can't handle... then if they need a 2nd project manager again, I will definitely apply again. I was assured in my interview that I would go back to being team leader if my position wasn't needed. But for now, the raise is definitely welcome and I am trying my very best at learning all I can!