Thursday, January 24, 2008

Snow and Tough Decisions

It's snowing!!!! This is the first time I have seen snow in Clarksville. Well, snow that actually sticks to the ground. Okay, so it's only flurries...but it doesn't take much to get me excited! I have only been to work for about 45 minutes this morning and I've been distracted the whole time looking out my window. Yes, I'm fixing to turn 25 not 5. I know this is a carry-over from my childhood. You know what I'm talking about. Crossing your fingers and constantly watching the TV and listening to the radio at the same time to see if maybe, just maybe school will be delayed. Or even better, no school for the day. I guess there is always hope, right? Now I know why northerners laugh at us in the south. "We" stock up on milk, bread, and beer (okay, not me, but most) if we hear of a little snowflake. Not northerners, they strap on the chains and plow there way to work. Haha, I'm laughing just thinking about it. I'm going to stop talking about this because as I type, the flurries are gradually decreasing. Oh well, I'm going to keep the hope alive!

Now on to my tough decisions. Every time I open my planner I am compelled to look ahead at the next 3 months and it makes me want to cut off my left big toe! I have sooooo many nightly activities in the coming semester and I HATE it! My job has so many wonderful benefits, but I must say, the part I despise most is working over...specifically nights and weekends. Yes, I know, I know, that is part of my job. And yes, I knew that coming into the position. But, I didn't say I had to like it OK? But, I am reminded what my aunt Libba told me once, "It's called work for a reason. If it was that easy, they wouldn't call it work!" So, I admit it...reality can really suck! Anyway, tough decision. My boss told me a week ago to start thinking about the direction of my position. I am assistant director of programming (planning student activities) and service (planning community service opportunities for students). I have a coordinator for service that I supervise, so I really don't do much with the community service aspect. However, that is what attracted me to the position, b/c I thought I would be working directly with service. Since I started, I have learned all about programming. I finally feel like I am beginning to understand what needs to be done. So, anyway, my decision is this: Do I want to stick with programming and keep a service coordinator, or change my focus to service and hire a programming coordinator?!?!? Decisions, decisions. Honestly, this long post is really me just trying to think aloud. My boss wants me to let her know what I'm thinking by today!!!! Yikes! I think it would be great to learn both components completely. (You know, for future job searches.) But, I just don't know.
Please say a prayer for me as I figure out the direction of my job!

Disclaimer: As I re-read this post, it sounds like I truly hate my job. That is not the case. I absolutely LOVE working with the students. I really feel like this might be my calling. I love my co-workers. I just don't love salaried overtime. But, who really does?!? I still feel very fortunate to have found such a great working environment for my first job.


Lena Warnock said...

Sweet Missy! I'll say a prayer for you - I know how hard it is to work with TWO different things - you get pulled in so many different directions that you really can't figure out what it is that YOU want to do! Let us know what you decide! Praying for you, sister!

Lindsey said...

girl if anyone can do it.. it is you. our student activities director here at school is amazing, but i hate when i see my friend working too much! she is single so it is much different, but still hard for anyone :) get you some help girl!!!