New job. New outlook. Two new jobs, actually.
I recently made the tough decision to leave the hospital I've been working at for nearly four-years. The decision to leave was so difficult because I'd grown very close to my coworkers. The clientele was difficult, challenging at times, but almost always difficult to work with and it was the other staff members that made good work happen. Without the camaraderie and perpetual "back watching' we did for each other that job would have been impossible to manage.
I'll be taking on a new position in the emergency department of a hospital two miles from my home. My commute will be cut substantially as will the cost in fuel and parking (parking at the new job is free!). Working in an emergency department is what I've always thought I'd do and going after that opportunity now feels comfortable on many levels. My roots are in emergency services and I've worked with many of the staff members at this hospital in my prior career. The transition should be smooth, albeit with a sharp learning (relearning) curve.
I mentioned two new jobs; the new nursing job and...a coaching position with a rapidly growing running/fitness store; Fleet Feet Sports. Fleet Feet offers a wide variety of instructional programs and running camps throughout the year. I've been selected to coach the Speed Camp! Just getting an interview for Speed Camp was exciting for me. Getting the job simply makes my heart sing. Coaching is something I've come to enjoy over the last several years. I've always enjoyed teaching and public speaking and found that many (if not all) the principles of leadership and instruction translate well into coaching. I'll continue to coach my junior high and high school teams while looking forward to making the switch to coaching adults.
A very windy run today. The good news is the temperatures have finally moderated into the mid-50's and I feel like I'm running well. The not-so-good news is we're in the middle of a wind storm with gusts of 40-50 mph.
I've put my writing projects on hold for a few weeks while I transition into this new job. I'm still making notes and doing scene work, character development, but holding off the actual writing of both the fiction and non-fiction works in progress. We'll be blogging and journaling throughout it all and I may post a few scene previews from the fiction work here.