September 23, 2008

Long Time No See!

For the one or two readers who still might have me on their feed reader lists - how the heck ARE ya?!??

I haven't been terribly compelled to blog over the past couple of months - really not in the past year, it seems. I can't really come up with an adequate or accurate excuse, especially due to all of the exciting things that have happened since this time last year (moving up here, getting a new job, adopting a dog, buying a house, etc.), but saying that it's "because I'm still adjusting to the move from L.A. to Seattle" sounds good.

And I haven't been completely off the radar - I have been micro-blogging, thanks to the lazy-blogger's best friend, Twitter. It's somehow easier to post in quick bursts - especially when I can do it from my ubiquitous iPhone. I was actually pretty averse to Twitter for awhile, but after giving it a shot, I quickly became addicted - even moreso when friends signed up. Now, it's almost a virtual chat-room; SMS without the extra cost.

So what's going on with me? Well, I'll be leaving my job in a few weeks. The company's going through some serious down-sizing to survive in the slow economy. They've been really good to the ones they're letting go of, though.

Everyone had at least a month foreknowledge - most of us longer - we were told at the end of June, so I've known for months now. They've sprung for job-hunt workshops for us, and are providing a pretty decent severance package. I personally can't complain about it. I've been through my share of lay-offs, and this one was the best-handled (in my opinion).

Plus, this gives me the opportunity to go back out into the market and see what else is out there for me. I sort of rushed into employment upon my move up here - I didn't know much about the environment coming up, and was more worried about paying the bills after an expensive move (even with Erik's healthy relocation package, we still managed to spend an atrocious amount of money on getting setup with furnishings and what-have-you). This workplace seemed like an interesting change of pace, and of scale, and of culture - and I'm certainly glad I spent some time here.

So on the job-hunt I go! I've been randomly browsing the internets for job postings over the last few months, but haven't really wanted to exact my search until the last week or two (I don't get my severance unless I stay until mid-October).

It was looking pretty dismal for awhile - the listings didn't inspire - but wouldn't you know? In the past week I've found not one, but three positions that seem perfect for me, in roles that hearken back to my true skills, qualifications, and interests, thank goodness! And to top it off, I have even found a connection to one of those roles from one of my internal clients back at Universal. It's all seeming rather serendipitous at the moment.

It's exciting times like these - when I'm pushed out of my comfort zone in pursuit of goals that ignite my enthusiasm - that I'm really inspired to come on here and shout out to the faceless blogosphere... Keep your fingers crossed for me!


posted by julie at September 23, 2008 04:42 PM

things people have said

yay julie's back!

so said: boutch at September 28, 2008 09:15 PM


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