Coffee Chat: One Month At My New Job

I’m just sitting here drinking coffee on a sunshiney Sunday morning thinking about my first month at my new job. I’m fueling up before Rapha’s 80-mile Day In Hell Ride following Paris-Roubaix. I’m nervous and excited!

Grab a cup and read up if you’d like.

So, Friday, April 12, 2019 marked one month at my new job and that’s exactly how long it’s felt like. No more and no less.

Maybe it’s because I’m getting the hang of things but I also still have a lot of questions. Maybe it’s because I’ve done enough work to where I can reference “past jobs” to help me begin new ones, but I don’t fully know every nuance of every brand I work on. But it’s probably because I still only know like eight people in an office of 300. We’re working on it.

A friend I haven’t talked to in awhile—a friend whose friendship means so much to me—texted me on Monday asking me how my job was going. We don’t talk as often as we used to, but she checks in every now and then even when I don’t. I’m trying to get better at that.

I said, “Oh, you know. Still figuring it out and still lots to learn, but I’m getting it. It helps that my boss and everyone I work with is seriously awesome.”

I gave her all the details, what I liked and what I didn’t, and she suggested a bike ride soon to catch up for real. I gladly and anxiously accepted because bike rides are how and where I connect the best. And because I feel like I don’t see my friends as much now that I’m only in downtown Boulder on the weekends.

There is one thing this job has been good for: getting into a routine, especially when it comes to sleeping and running.

I’m a hard eight hour per night minimum girl, and I truly cannot function as a worthwhile human being when my sleep dips below that line. I’m foggy, clumsy, uninterested, irritable, starving, less creative, and generally not happy. I feel like I have weights on my shoulders when I’m sleep-deprived. When I’ve had a full night, I’m focused, interested, and more likely to get in an early run or workout; these two go hand in hand. Since the first day of this new job I’ve been getting in bed between 8:15-8:30 p.m. and I try to read or listen to the Sleep With Me podcast until I doze off. And then when I get in a morning run, I fall asleep easier that night. It’s a big circle. The first week was a bit rough as my body was getting to used to all these changes, but I definitely have a routine now and I’m thriving on it.

While I’m thankful for having a job that took me a year and a half to actually get, I know it’s not what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I’ve known that about copywriting for awhile, but it’s a skill I’ve leaned on because it’s the only one I have that’s earned me a salary. I listened to Rich Roll’s podcast interview with Kevin Smith over a couple commutes to work and their conversation lit something under me. Most of his guests tend to do that, but Kevin’s story was real and relatable in a way that a lot of his other guests’ weren’t. Kevin worked in a convenient store in New Jersey while making movies, trying to make his dreams come true. Replace the register with a desk and his shoppers with clients and here I am wondering when and how I’ll make my own dreams come true, too.

The flexibility is too good to be true.

Where else can you leave a salaried job at 3:50 p.m. on a Friday? Where else will you find a boss who leaves even earlier than that? Friday afternoon, after my last meeting of the day, I wrapped everything up, shut my computer, and went home before 4 p.m.! I’m feeling extra grateful my team appreciates life outside of the office.

Speaking of home, I’m ready for a new one. 

I love where I live. I love the home I live in and that I’m steps from the mountains and beautiful trails and four miles from Rapha…but I want my own space. My lease is up in the fall so I’ll start looking in a few months, probably at a few places closer to work to make my commute just a little more bearable.

On my way home one day I was thinking big picture. I asked myself if I had made the right choice, overall. Are you OK that you’re not working at Rapha right now? Would you rather be back there? Was this job a mistake. And my gut reaction is no. I’m very happy I took this job because it will help me get to where I want to go in the future. I miss the team at Rapha, but I know I’ll always be part of that community if I put in the effort. And this morning’s painful ride is me doing that.

How did you feel during the first month of your most recent job?

Ok, well, enough procrastinating. I’m off to watch bike racing and prepare for a very long day in the saddle. Woof. Wish me luck!


One Reply to “Coffee Chat: One Month At My New Job”

  1. I felt the same way you do after my first month on the job. Still learning names, how things work, my routine outside of work, etc. I’m almost a year at my job and find that it took a good three months to really get into the swing of it! Now I’m thriving. Patience is annoying but key! 🙂

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