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Panic!

No, not really. Nobody panic. Especially not me.

Although I do happen to feel a little panicky right at this moment.

Know why?

Today is July 1st, and also the first day of my new job, working as a writing assistant for Focus on the Family.

Are you shocked? I was. Also very, very excited. This will be my first experience with an office job and with working a nine-to-five, so I’ve been rushing around the last month to get myself prepared and brush up on my business casual knowledge.

Oddly enough, this meant buying a lot of clothes.

Like, a lot of clothes.

A whole wardrobe, actually.

How many of you knew I was a nanny before I got this job? Well, I was a nanny. And when you’re earning your rent playing hide-and-seek and going on trips to the park with little boys, you don’t wear business casual clothing.

You wear a t-shirt. And jeans.

Because when you hang out with toddler age boys, stuff happens. Stuff with water, stuff with mud, stuff with food.

And stuff with snot.

Yep. I said snot.

So, no, my wardrobe did not include anything remotely business casual.

Believe it or not, I loved being a nanny. I loved my boys and all the stuff we got to do together. We have many cookie memories. And jumping-on-the-tramp memories. And how-did-you-beat-me-at-this-game-you’re-five memories. I learned so much from those jobs.

Mostly that my memory is terrible and if I play matching memory games with a five-year-old, the five-year-old will win. Every. Single. Time.

Don’t ask me how.

Leaving my nanny positions for an office job—albeit a writing position—has been a little tough. I’m going to miss those boys. I was there for a lot of memories. Learning to crawl, losing their first tooth, kindergarten, first grade, baseball games, and so many more. I’m not saying I cried a little bit when I left on my last day, but I cried a little bit when I left on my last day.

Okay. A lot a bit.

But the leaving is all finished now, and today I am starting something new. If you think of it, wish me luck! I’m pretty nervous, so any good thoughts or prayers are appreciated!

Anyone have any tips for the first few weeks in a new job? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. ChrystalFiction says:

    Congratulations on joining the nine to five. My device is solely to be yourself, let your yes be yes and your no be no, and sleep they’ll love you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. A.R. Geiger says:

      Thank you! I will definitely follow that. I appreciate the advice!

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  2. Margit Mittelstaedt says:

    First days,
    Tough but exciting. Some question get answered as a little clarity is brought to some unknowns. ‘Will I actually be able to do this?’ …YES you will, will be the thought that comes after the first days whirlwind.

    Remember this…EVERY ONE has a first day!! Your in a very encouraging and positive environment. They will be patient/helpful and kind as you find your groove. But most of all amazed and thankful for your special gift.
    You’ve got this. Will be praying for your adjustment and settling in.

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    1. A.R. Geiger says:

      Thank you! I so appreciate the prayers, and I am definitely excited for the days ahead. It was a very good first day!

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