So that was August and it was a month to savor. I made the decision to step away from social media and blogging, knowing it was entirely possible my life was going to go through a dramatic change in August. All throughout July, I had been sending in writing samples and interviewing for a new position and it was on the first of August that I was offered the job.
August was a Month. It was a month of goodbyes, of hellos, of changes, of fun events and adventures, of rediscovering myself and what I want. I always feel a little lighter when I come back from a media fast. Life is fast, but life is slow. No more needing to Instagram or tweet or blog about all my moments. They were… there. Just there. It was a nice break, but I am oh-so-happy to be back.
Oh, it’s been a month. That’s for sure. Highlights, anyone?
> My last two weeks at my old job flew by in a flash. The first week was spent wrapping up all my projects and tasks and the second week was spent working with my boss to make sure my leave was as seamless as possible. Leaving the job itself wasn’t difficult, but leaving my coworkers broke my heart, because they were never just my coworkers. They were my friends. There was a good-bye lunch with all my favorite
coworkers friends, a surprise celebration with death-by-chocolate cake, and lots of hugs and sadness all around. I miss them terribly, but since my workdays end at 11:30am on Fridays (I KNOW!), I’ll be able to meet up with them for lunch often. Yay!
> I’ve been at my new job for almost three weeks now and everything has been going really well. It’s a completely different office environment than I’m used to and I’ve been slowly figuring out my place in it. It took me a long time to feel comfortable at my old job, so I know it will take more than a few months for me to fully open up and be myself at this one. I’m a painfully shy, socially anxious introvert so being quiet while testing the waters is just what I do. The writing aspect of it is going well. I’m actually really enjoying it but I am fully aware I’m in the honeymoon phase where everything is WONDERFUL and BRIGHT and EXCITING. It will pass, of that I am sure. For now, though, things are going well and I’m so, so happy I took the leap with this position.
> I quit Project 333 a few weeks early. Once I accepted my new position, I needed to figure out my clothing situation because I was going from a job where our dress code was to “wear clothes!” to a much more business professional dress code. After two years of a casual dress code, I had to do some shopping! I ended up buying two dress slacks, two cardigans, and four new dressy shirts. I enjoyed doing the challenge, but I also am enjoying my bigger closet again. So I’m not sure where that leaves me with Project 333 and keeping my closet minimalized. That’s all I really have to say about that.
> I spent one Saturday morning in August volunteering at my local Feeding America food bank with my mom and her coworkers. I really had such a great time. Our job was to unpack boxes of food and place them in specified boxes, according to what type of food they were. (For example, anything pasta-related had their own box, canned veggies had their own box, juices had their own, etc.) We spent 4 hours there and I just really enjoyed myself. There were a ton of people. It was an event hosted by the Tampa Bay Rays for season ticket holders (which I am not, but I came along for the ride anyway) so there were a lot of people in a small warehouse. It was hectic and crazy and hot and very, very fun. The four hours flew by and before I knew it, I was signing my name on their volunteer wall and saying good-bye. It wasn’t hard work, but it was enjoyable and I loved the feeling of giving back. I’m definitely searching for another opportunity to volunteer for this wonderful organization!
> Dutch had his first dog beach experience! I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to take him (he’s not the best at car rides) but on Sunday, my mom and I made the trek to Fort De Soto and we all had a blast. Dutch wasn’t a big fan of the water but I forced him into the ocean a few times. Mainly, he loved just exploring the beach itself and making friends with new dogs. The dog beach, though, goodness it’s just such a fun little spot. As my mom said, it’s impossible to not be happy when you’re there! So many dogs and they’re all so excited. We only stayed for a few hours but we’re planning on taking him again soon!
> I read 12 books in August. Reviews of all books will be coming next week, but let’s just say I am killing by book goal this year and I don’t think I will have any problems achieving my goal of reading 100 books this year. CRAZY! (I’m not sure if this means I have no life or if I’m just a fast reader. Probably a bit of both.)
> Because summer TV is pretty boring (aside from Big Brother and So You Think You Can Dance, of course!), I’ve been recording episodes of Friends. I have this goal of one day owning the series and watching it from start to finish, because I never really watched it when it was on TV. So I’ve been recording random episodes here and there and it’s just very lovely. I love Friends. (How could you not?) And it’s just really, really funny to realize how “nineties” that show was. What with their pagers and landline phones and bad hair and all that. And Phoebe is still my favorite Friend.
And, really, that was my August. Quitting a job, starting another, and doing a lot of little things in between. It was a good month but I am so, so ready to be back in the world of blogging and social media. I missed it more than I imagined I would! I’m inspired and happy and so ready for what the rest of 2013 holds for me.
How was your August? Any big, or little, changes happen in your life?