I survived! My first day is behind me.
I left home an hour early & I'm so glad I did.
Driving into downtown is a fun adventure that I forgot about... even worse is the adventure of getting OUT of downtown at the end of the day. I'll get to that later.
|That building in the center... my new home
But I pulled into the parking garage & now I have a little walk from the garage to the building.
I got to my new building & went to get on the elevator & go up to the floor I needed.... except the elevator wouldnt take me there. It just kept turning the light off the floor I was hitting & the doors would open & close.
LUCKILY ... soeone else got on the elevator with me that was needing to get to that same floor.
She figured out she could use her badge to get us to the floor one under - which is the same business - & she took me in & showed me the stair case so I could walk up to the floor I needed.
I told her it was my first day & she said, "oh, this isn't a good omen, is it?"
BOO ON YOU MA'AM!!!! Don't jinx me.
I just looked at it as a good adventure kicking off & hey, I made it where I needed - right?
& I thought it was all a blessing of being in the same elevator as this lady who got me where I needed.
Perspective is key in life, I'm telling you.
I waited for my new manager to come get me & I just got to take in the beautiful views while waiting.... look at this!!!
The manager came & got me & showed me my new HOME...
& she apologized that my name tag had the "Jo" added on ... I love it actually.
& funny side note, found out her middle name is JO too! ;)
We're meant to work together.
The morning sped by with all the different appointments they had set up for me with different people in the company. The main one - meeting with the Human Resources department & going over all the benefits.
Y'all... I totally teared up when she went over it with me.
I apologized & told her that i honestly felt like I hit the lottery to have options of benefits like these.
If you have health insurance through your work, you may not realize how blessed you are to have it...
I know it now... & I am just in awe that I have not only health insurance - but amazing dental (Y'all KNOW I need some good dental insurance) & I even have vision insurance!!! & other insurances that I didnt even know existed!!!!
Before I knew it, it was time for lunch & two of the ladies took me out for lunch.
It was just great sitting & talking to them getting to know them as people.
The rest of my afternoon was full of learning more things & seeing new faces & it all just went really well.
|The view out of my own window....
there's an ice rink right now down below ... HOW FUN!
EVERYONE was SOOOO nice.
Like, I couldnt imagine such a friendly group of people - & there were SO MANY PEOPLE!
& honestly, every single person I came across was just so welcoming & kind & warm.
At the end of the day, I even had 2 ladies that walked with me to the garage, which was nice.
My only issue for the day was leaving.
First, I had issues with my new parking pass & I had cars piled up while I had to call for assistance & try & talk through the worlds word 1970's speaker... but got out of the garage
... only to sit in traffic.
Oh man... miserable.
My hours changed from what they originally had me at & I'm getting off an hour later than I did before at my last job... which would be OK, except half the world gets off at 5pm & downtown is a hot mess. & PLUS, its dark at 5:30 & by the time I got home, I was beat & felt like it was nearly midnight.
The time change is going to be an adjustment.
Who knew an hour could make such a difference in a world?
It totally can.
The best part of the day for me?
Soooo - through my whole process of going on job interviews & making decisions on this job, I never really said the name of the company to my Joysters - just always asking for prayers.... & after I found out I got the job, I found out one of my Joysters actually WORKS there!!! How funny is that?!?!?!
& this mroning, when I was in between meeting office staff, she came up & found me in a conference room to give me a hug.
BEST WELCOME EVER. She helped so much make it feel like home already.
So I have to say, I couldnt imagine a first day going any better.
& I know all your sweet words of encouragement & prayers made a BIG difference in that as well!!!
So thank you - truly - thank you.
& I'm still going to have to learn how my new life is going to look.
Getting home later - when I'm going to get my workouts in - my lack of day time internet access & how it is going to effect my blogging... it's just all changing & I've got to settle in
... but I have benefits at my job!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All worth it!