Monday, January 31, 2011

Worst Critic

I feel like my brain is going to explode due to the information it’s been downloading since Wednesday morning. Don’t get me wrong I’m incredibly thankful for this opportunity and the fact that I found a job so quickly after the big move … But, I’m nervous that I’m going to crack under pressure before this Wednesday when my training is supposed to be compete. (I thought writing for The Collegiate and On the Town Magazine was stressful, but after seeing the size of checks I’m dealing with on a regular basis I’m starting to feel the pressure!)

My regular day starts by cleaning the break room and front office, checking voicemails, attending meetings, logging mail in and out, writing letters confirming appointments, making phones call, summarizing meetings, scanning and uploading documents, and paying bills all while I’m supposed to greet clients, answer the phone, and file very important documents. 

I know I can do this! I’m strong, educated, independent, and very organized, but I’m having a hell of a time figuring out what tasks I should start and finish first. I want to throw the stack of papers that accumulate every second on my desk up in the air like the actors do with money in the movies.

However, today one of my bosses complimented me on how I was catching on so quickly, my work ethic and my organization skills. I think I need to look in the mirror and as corny as it sounds talk myself out of this ridiculous feeling. I need to relax, slow down, and enjoy that fact that I’m learning. 

They hired me for a reason, right?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Hello Santa Fe

We are finally settled in our new home after a long week. Andy, Joe, Deb (my in-laws), and I arrive last Friday to sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico. The moving company showed up early Tuesday morning and now mostly everything is unpacked and organized (thanks to Andy’s parents). I can’t express how thankful I am for their help and support, thank you guys SO much!!

Andy and I (Kimber too!) are really starting to love it here. The weather is perfect, people are incredibly kind, and the restaurants are to die for! Being 1500 miles away from my friends and family hasn’t hit me yet since we’ve been so busy being tourists, learning about New Mexico, and all the work we’ve done on the house so far. I’m sure the “common homesickness” will hit me eventually. When it does I’ll be positive by staying busy and connected to all the wonderful people in my life through the internet, phone, and maybe some snail-mail. 

With that said, I can share the most recent exciting news that will take up 40 hours of my week … I GOT A JOB!! It isn’t an amazing life changing position at a non-profit organization that I wanted, but that doesn’t mean I can’t volunteer my spare time. I’ve been looking for almost four months and couldn’t find anything in the non-profit sector. I knew limiting myself to just one avenue was a bad idea so I applied to an ad on Craig’s List. I had an interview this morning, within a few hours I received a phone call and was offered the job.  I’m the newest secretary at Ameriprise Financial Group in Santa Fe, New Mexico starting Wednesday, January 24th at 8:30am. I am so happy to say I’m finally employed ... maybe one day I’ll move up and become a financial advisor ;)

Friday, January 7, 2011


I saw Andy in professional-mode for the first time yesterday. He finally presented his thesis after almost two years of sleepless nights collecting and interpreting data, traveling, reading, studying, writing, etc ... I barely recognized him in his Kenneth Cole suit as his spoke of combustion, acceleration, and windowing. He was very articulate, organized, and knowledgeable; I actually understood some things he said!! I am so proud of him and all his accomplishments and am ready to see him excel within his new career.

With that said, the anticipation of our move has finally hit me, maybe it’s because Andy is almost done with school or because of all the snow that has fallen … I don’t know, but I do know that I am finally ready to move.

A few weeks ago I read a comment on a previous post from my best friend; she helped me realize that it is okay to be thrilled about the move. She said, “Don't be sad about your situation ... be excited about all the new opportunities! Yes, life at home will go on without you and there will be things you will miss ... but if you don't go out and make a life for yourself and Andy, then you will also miss out on great adventures for the both of you!” This alleviated a lot of stress, because it made me recognize that this move is more than a move, it is a chance for and Andy and I to get to know each other even better without any distractions or influences.

We’ll be leaving Michigan in less than a week and I am so thankful that I can finally say that I’m excited. I know that we need to do this, we need to free ourselves from the bubble that we’ve grown so accustom to. We know that our friends and family will miss us very much and will be sad to see us go, but like my BF said, “If you don’t go out and make a life for yourself, you will miss out on great adventures.”  We don’t want to miss out on anything ... SO bring it on New Mexico, The Morello’s are on their way!!!