This is what is on the door of my office at work.Passion is this year’s theme at work. Every year, the Sixth Grade class (the “seniors” of the school) chooses a theme. My first year, it was Live, Love, Laugh, Learn. The second year, it was Perseverance. Last year, it was Optimism.

I can hardly believe that I’ve held this position for almost a year now! It’s definitely been a learning experience in so many different ways. As with any job, there are days when I could just pull my hair out and scream, but overall, I love what I do, and that’s a good feeling. I don’t dread going to work. Don’t get me wrong. I dread waking up early, and I usually dread dealing with people (not my favorite thing in the world), but it’s nice not to dread actually going to work.

I’ve learned:

  • Sometimes you just have to say no.
  • Not everyone is your friend. There are people who want to see you fail.
  • Most people prefer to give you compliments behind your back. ☺
  • Some people will not EVER say “thank you”, no matter how much you do for them.
  • Work can not completely consume your life. You have to make time for yourself and your loved ones. Perhaps I should put this under the “I’m Learning” category.
  • I can completely manipulate graphics (Adobe Photoshop) that I never thought I’d be able to, in order to get the job done.
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop – I haven’t even TOUCHED the others!) is NO JOKE!
  • I am way more capable than I gave myself credit for prior to stepping into this position.
  • I actually don’t like a lot of public acknowledgment. However, don’t confuse that with appreciation.
  • A 1-terabyte hard drive is not as big as you think when working with lots of videos.
  • Most days, you just can’t get it all done.
  • Email is the best way to reach me.
  • Drinking 4-5 cups of coffee in one morning is not at all excessive.
  • The BlackBerry is referred to as the CrackBerry for a very good reason.
  • I could not survive without my task list.
  • It’s even more important to exercise with a job like this, which is why I finally started back swimming a few weeks ago. ☺
  • Having a laptop stolen when your entire job depends on it SUCKS!!!!!
  • It’s not entirely impossible to have a productive day when operating on less than 2 hours of sleep.
  • There are some people who simply refuse to knock on a closed door.
  • Lunch time is no longer sacred. However productive it may seem, eating lunch in my office is not always the best choice, because most people don’t care.
  • The iPhone is much better for taking notes during a major production, since it doesn’t click like a BlackBerry. Thanks, Lee! ☺
  • Macs are simply superior. Period.
  • During those seemingly endless weeks (like this one), there’s always the weekend to look forward to!!

This list is in no particular order, and I’m sure it’s not comprehensive, but overall, it sums it up.

This was sent to me in an email in October of last year. It was from a parent of a child that I taught about 3 years ago.

Glad to hear you love your job! I could tell just by the sparkle in your eye when we’ve seen you in your office…

I still have that passion after almost a year. Let’s see what lies ahead…

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