I had a bad day a few weeks ago. In one day my computer died, I dropped my Blackberry face down on gravel cracking the face, and I killed my husband’s power sander. Whew! What a week!! I feel like Alexander in that great kids book, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”!
Good thing I have some time on my hands, being in transition and all.
So off I tramped to Verizon for a new phone. Now I have to figure out how to use a Droid. I started the horrible process of retrieving data from old computer and loading onto new computer. Of course not everything was saved but I think I finally figured out how to update Quicken without entering 11 months of data. And I found all my contacts and successfully loaded them into Outlook so I am not alone in the world. I saved the recently updated resume, thank goodness, but where are those blog articles I wrote? Gone.
Ever find yourself starting again somewhere in the middle? It is sort of like being in transition. You have some pieces/parts. You know where you have been but you are not exactly sure where you are going. Everything feels a little bit off kilter.
This has happened to me before. I have been in transition, looking for the next opportunity, learning new equipment, installing a backup to put myself back on the right track. It always works out. It is sort of like rebooting yourself. Not bad, just a little awkward for a while.
Just like Alexander, the trick is to turn to your friends, colleagues, and family for support. Having a positive attitude helps. Being curious helps even more.
I have been networking a lot. I connected with an old friend, Dan Toussant to do some work with The Interview Doctor, www.interviewdoc.com. After all, who better to give advice about interviewing and transitions than someone who has been there as many times as I? I will be sharing my thoughts on interviewing, job search, and my crazy life.
Starting again, somewhere in the middle is a good place to begin. Exploring where you want to go and what you want to do is a luxury, liberating. I choose to share with my friends and give back a little if I can help.