Monday, March 23, 2009

Ch-Ch-Ch- Changes

So many things have happened in the last two weeks and I decided I wouldn't write until I had some sort of outcome. First of all, I quit the job that I had taken to pass the time while I searched in the medical field, without having gotten a job to replace it with. At first I thought it was a pretty cool place to work and I am actually a consumer of it's product and have been for years. After about a month or so, things changed, drastically. They brought in a new VP that wanted to run things the way he did at his former place of employment. In my opinion, if he liked the way the old job was working for him, then he should have stayed there. It was horrible, I went from being treated like an adult to being micromanaged. I wasn't eating or sleeping well. I found myself turning into a moody person and I am normally a very positive happy person (unless you piss me off, of course, haha!) but seriously, it was beginning to affect my health and well-being, so I had to make a decision. It was difficult on me because of the health benefits I would be losing and we all know that not having health insurance in this country is like walking a tightrope, and given my health history, I would be taking a big risk. Add to that the fact that me not having a job would prolong the Italian's arrival. I seriously cried on the phone to the Italian the morning I decided not to go to work anymore. That was exactly two weeks ago today.

Yesterday I went to lunch with some friends from school and out of the four of us, only one had found a job in the medical field, but she was offered a really low salary. I honestly don't know how she is going to survive on that. Admittedly, I panicked a bit, but as soon as a worried thought enters my mind, I try to follow it with a positive one. I decided I was going to do what I could to market myself well and not sell myself short at the same time.

This morning I woke up and decided I was going to call a woman I had interviewed with back in November and again about 3 weeks ago. We had been going back and forth about this job for 3 months. This was going to be the last phone call. If she didn't respond or gave me the run around, I figured today would be the end of it. When I called, the receptionist acted as though she was waiting for my call and put me through to the woman I interviewed with. She told me she was so glad I called because she had been thinking about me over the weekend. Long story short, she offered me the position. Finally, after 3 months of back and forth, I finally got the job with the pay that I was hoping for, and after 90 days, if all goes well, possibly a raise. Although one might be leery given the history of the pursuit of this position, I am going to be cautiously optimistic and hope for the best. I really feel a sense of relief and I am so happy.

Now the only thing that is missing is the Italian. I hope the 90 days go by fast so that we can expedite his arrival. I miss him so much! I am also thinking of getting a new place before he returns. The rents are decreasing and there is so much out there right now. I want to stay in the same neighborhood though. I just love my neighborhood and so does he. New job, new home....and next a new..... :-)


joe@italyville said...

congrats on the new job! Spring has a way of making "new" happen doesn't it?

Piccola said...

Thanks Joe! Definitely! This year is going to be full of new things for me, for both Ale and I and I can't wait for it all to come to fruition.

Amber~ Care and Feeding of Wild Things said...

That is fantastic news. At first as I was reading I was going to encourage you for giving up the job that was unhealthy for you. That was brave, and smart. As I kept reading I was overjoyed to see I can congratulate you on a new job!!! Keep us posted! I can't wait to see all the good things in store for you and Ale in the future!

Astrid said...

Congrats on the new job!! :) Are you starting straight away?

Good luck :)

fromtheworld said...

Wow, this is such a nice inspiring story!!! see, you are right, being optimist and positive pays! congratulations!!! I know how it feels when you miss someone who is far...but 3 months are not too long, if you can think that after you will be in his arms again! Good luck for your new job!

Leanne in Italy said...

Next a new...what? I knew what! Is the Italian moving to the states or is he just coming for a holiday. Are you getting married! Is that what you wanted to write.
(I know I am such a curious person!)

Piccola said...

Amber-Thank you so much! I am so excited to start working. I went on a mini shopping spree today and it felt really good! I will definitely keep you posted on how it goes and other things coming up.

Astrid-I asked if I could have a few days to get some things taken care of before I start, so I am actually starting on Thursday. I am so excited!!

fromtheworld-Thank you! Yes, the power of positive thoughts can move mountains. I firmly believe that. You are right, 3 months will fly by, especially now that I will be busy with work and my other activities like tennis and Krav Maga.

Leanne-Haha! You are like me, curious by nature and can't wait to know what is going to happen when someone starts hinting. Ale is moving here this summer and let's just say that you've got the right idea, but nothing is set in stone yet. I mean, no set date or anything like that. You'll know more when I know more!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you! Sometimes we have to take chances in life and the results can surprise us. You got the job you wanted! It's it scary to quit a job without having another one lined up but you went with what you thought was right. Yay the Italian is coming...congrats!.

Leanne in Italy said...

I am so happy for you! You will both finally be together. The old wedding thing is the least of your long as you can be in the same country - that is the important thing!