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Gratitude Friday: It Has Been ONE YEAR Since…

… I started my “new” job! img_3197.jpg

The bookshelf in my office AFTER I organized it. Obviously, it still needs work 🙂

Is it weird that I’ve been at my job for a year and it still feels new? It seems that I’m learning every single day, which is positive for me. I get bored easily and enjoy being on my toes. Sometimes, I let the stress get to me, but I am working on managing this. Most of the time, I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe it’s not a dream that I get to have this unique relationship with 50 (yes, FIFTY) clients. For those who do not know, I’m a mental health counselor at a nonprofit. Before and during graduate school, I worked various positions at a bank for a total of 4.5 years. Leaving a place I was so familiar with to work in my new field was so hard; I wrote about leaving the bank in this post. I’m grateful that the way I make my living now is by helping people rather than by selling financial products. I am truly living the life that I only dreamed of when I started grad school in 2012. I’m grateful for all the work I put into changing careers. My life did NOT change overnight. I spent 3 years attending night school while working at the bank during the day. I lived in a dingy basement apartment in order to afford school. My weekends involved a lot of paper writing instead of spending time with friends. This endeavor involved sacrifice, but I wouldn’t change how things went for the world. I’m grateful that my “new” coworkers are just as amazing as my old ones. I had some amazing coworkers at the bank and had difficulty believing that my new coworkers would be able to fill their shoes. It turns out that I had nothing to worry about. My work has the best team. I have had some horrible bosses/coworkers in previous jobs, so I never take it for granted that I’m surrounded by good people. img_3519.jpg

My former boss always gave people their favorite candy on their birthdays. We went to Olive Garden on my last day at the bank and my boss gave me tons of Reese’s since I wouldn’t be at work on my birthday in May.

I’m grateful that I still talk to my former coworkers often. One of my coworkers moved out of the country, two others quit a month after I did, and the branch of the bank that I last worked at is closing next year. This is so sad, but you can’t stop progress. I am so happy that I’m able to communicate with my old coworkers on Facebook and we get together when we can as well. Change is hard for me, but the best parts (usually certain people) of every past experience usually stick with me.

I’m grateful for how much I have learned this year. I am a better therapist than I was one year ago. My clients are making so much progress and I feel more confident in my ability to facilitate this progress.

I’m grateful that I found a career that suits my personality and, honestly, just MAKES SENSE for me. I’m very lucky and can finally see that this career path is where I belong right now. In high school, one of the careers I thought of was being a psychologist. In college, I studied Psychology and Spanish, but was unsure about which career path I would choose. A memory showed up on Facebook the other day. An old friend wrote on my wall after I declared my majors. He said: “So, what are you going to do? Become a Spanish Psychologist?” This was 9 years ago, mind you, but it’s funny because this is almost exactly what I’m doing (I provide at least 1/2 of my clients with services in Spanish). OK, so psychologists are not the same thing as therapists, but that’s close enough. I can’t believe I’m in this position now, but at the same time, I CAN.

As I posted one year ago, it turns out that Steve Jobs was right:

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As a kid, I was never sure of what I wanted to be “when I grow up,” but things have worked out pretty well. Every moment in my life has lead me to this position, and I am so grateful.

Does your job just “make sense” for you?

Are you as obsessed with paying attention to anniversaries/milestone dates as I am? Sometimes I get excessively nostalgic. They basically invented Timehop for people like me 😉