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“Little by little, one travels far.” – JRR Tolkien

I managed to sneak in a workout today. It’s been awhile. But it felt good to get the blood and sweat pumping. Now I just have to get my eating habits under control again. Slowly, but surely, I’m getting myself back to where I need to be.

I realized something today. Well, this week. Anyway. Through this job I’ve made a couple really good friends. One was a woman I was in training with. We’ve kept in touch, mostly just checking in every so often, but we’ve also had longer conversations both on the phone and by text. But it’s nice to have someone that’s in my shoes – new to the company, new to her store, going through the same struggles that I am right now.

The other is a guy that’s in the same position that I am in another store. Our paths crossed for a few weeks during training, but we didn’t interact much during that time. Then after I was done with training I was spinning my wheels at his store for two months. We became friendly during that period, but over the last few weeks he and I have gotten really close. When we’re at work we text throughout the day, we’ve bitched over the phone to each other, we just talk. And not just about work. We talk about our relationships, our families, our pets. Doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot off of the table. It’s nice to have a friend that I talk to with that kind of regularity that just gets it. Work, personal stuff, whatever. We just seem to understand each other.

I know most people would think that we’re playing a dangerous game, but I don’t see it that way. We know where the boundaries are, and both respect them. No one is going to, as they say, catch a case of the feelings. My husband and his fiance are both aware of the friendship and everyone’s cool with it.

But it’s nice to have someone other than my husband that I can just talk to. A lot of my friends just don’t get it. Sure we have stuff to talk about, but I feel like a lot of them – especially the ones I went to college with, look down on my job. They seem to think that I’m wasted in what I’m doing. They know that this is just the start of my plan, a way to start to get my feet under me and get some experience, and then move on. Either with the company that I’m with, or with another company doing something different. I don’t plan on staying in my current role forever. This is a place to learn and grow, and then move on.

In some ways, while I feel like I’m finally getting settled, my life is still very much in flux.

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