Back in the fall, I spoke about a particularly bad day. I found out I was getting a bad performance review at my job, and the same day I received a letter from the diocese asking me to withdraw from the discernment process for a time. Some important updates have happened since then…
On the job front, right before Christmas when my compensation for the year had been settled (and more importantly, the check cleared!), I told my boss that I wanted to transfer to another department. He agreed, and when I got back from vacation two weeks ago, I started interviewing for other positions in the firm. I spoke to HR and said that regardless of what position I took, I wanted to “try it out” for a couple of weeks and if it didn’t work for whatever reason, I would go into the floating pool (which is kind of like temping but you are fully employed by the firm) until I found something that would be suitable, and they were agreeable. After all, I have been with my firm for over 5 years and worked for my former boss for 4 of those years, and so they were willing to do what it took to keep me.
I am going to be taking a position in the Marketing/Investor Relations area of the firm where I’ll be supporting two people who help raise money for our Private Equity and Real Estate funds. Though there will be a personal assistant-type component to the job, I’ll be responsible for doing other “real work” stuff as well that requires you to use your brain. After a couple of weeks, if I like it (and just as important, they are happy with the quality of my work) I will stay with this group. In the future, I will probably be attending group meetings to put in my two cents to help streamline the work flow and general how-we-get-things-done type of things. Most importantly, it seems like a good environment, and I know some of the people in the group already, and I think it will be a very positive change.
On the discernment front, the diocese said they wanted me to get some leadership experience and they want me to see a therapist. I have never been in therapy (except for the bar called therapy near my apartment), and the diocese likes all of their aspirants to have spent some time with a therapist on a regular basis. On the leadership side, I’m running the new Integrity chapter in NYC, which is going well, and I have found a therapist whom I feel comfortable with and my health insurance will cover a good chunk of the cost. I’m pulled back from some of my duties at my parish, Immaculate Contraption so I can focus more on iNYC. I’m also in the market for a spiritual director I can see once a month or so and I believe I am close to finding one. I’ll also be meeting with Immaculate Contraption’s discernment committee every month for a brief touch base.
The challenge, like all things in NYC, is maintaining a sense of balance between work, outside activities, and social life, as well as scheduling!
So, it’s all good things 🙂 2008 is off to a great start. Lots of transition, but life is all about change isn’t it?