I. Got. A! Job!
This afternoon I got a call from Compass Health’s Child Intensive Services team. My new supervisor offered me a position as a Child & Family Therapist. I stoically accepted. I was in shock. Morgan, my new boss, asked if she was the only one excited on the phone. I told her that I’m excited and in shock!
Here’s why I’m excited:
I get to work with children/adolescents & families. I love working with families. Working with parts of the family and the whole. There are some many different ways to approach family work and I like that flexibility. I love the “ah-ha” moments of growing up and helping kids pass through them is truly rewarding.
Anyone who’ve I’ve talked to that has worked at Compass speaks highly of the organization. I like the morale and the atmosphere I keep hearing about. Now I get to partake and contribute to it.
I get to have a working rhythm again. It’s been 5 years since I had a full-time job and it will feel good to get back at it. To have nights and weekends back sounds great! And most of the people I love have those off too.
Team approach. The teams I’ll be a part of are in the wrap-around model. I haven’t heard of a more intense way of doing as I get to be a part of. It’s like a therapeutic dog pile on our clients. I’m excited to be a part of that!
I will no longer be a Master of Arts in Pizza Delivery. I will miss my discount though.
I have a commute. (You’re like, “What?”) I grew up 20 miles from church, school, and soccer. The long drive home is a part of me. On my way to work I’ll be going opposite of the rush. When we were living in Greenville Michigan we lived 3 minutes from the church I was working. At the end of a hard day I’d often turn north, in the opposite direction of home, so I could have some transition time. When we were living in Saint Joseph Michigan I’d often go walk the pier at Silver Beach before I came home. If I was short on time I’d cruise by the white sandy beach awkwardly slow. Sometimes I’d get honked at when I did. I didn’t care. I was soaking the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. So podcasts and audiobooks here [hear] I come.
Here’s what I’m not excited about:
New jobs often suck at first. You do things slower than you want. You don’t know where anything is. I know it takes a long time to adapt to a new culture. At least now I have shed most of the contempt I used to hold for myself in those situations. New is exciting, yet unnatural.
The commute. I know, I just said I was looking forward to it. I love to drive, but Seattle drivers often frustrate me. I’ll take my own therapeutic advice and do some deep belly breathing as I white-knuckle my way home.
The paperwork. I don’t know many people who enjoy the paperwork of their job.
Well, here’s to a new adventure! Thanks to those of you that have prayed, called, bought me a beverage or meal, or sat with me over the past few months. I’ve really needed your support, and I’m grateful for it.
Thanks for stopping by. Be uncommon.