This is quite a meaningful post, as it is broken into two parts. I began writing on my last day at TV One and finish writing on my last day of my first week at my new job- Mosaic.
Then: This will be the last time I type on this keyboard, looking at this wide Acer screen, surrounded by these sandy brown cloth cubicle walls. Interesting how you don’t really notice things or take them for granted. As I was coming into the office today, I really took in the beauty of our building. They really keep things nice here. During Christmas time, they always do it up. They have a huge tree wrapped in lights, and now that spring is here, they have beautiful flowers as far as the eye can see. As I was coming up the escalator, I was thinking about how I would miss the warm greetings from the always dapper staff. Side note: Looking at these men and women in nice black suits, made me think I want to start wearing a suit, at least a tie every once in a while. Anyhow, I will miss all of the restaurants and the convenience we have with the pedway, accessing everything without going outside, especially during the winter. I will miss going to Starbucks in the morning and seeing all the whacko’s that hang out around the Metra station. Ahh, the people watching. I will miss my awesome co-worker Dana. She is equally as weird and dramatic as me. I doubt I will find another friend at work like her. We make up ridiculous songs, we are both really into ourselves, so there are always pictures being taken, we shop at lunch, we watch The Talk (shout out to the always energetic Sara Gilbert, lol- NOT) when the weather is crappy, we just have a grand ol’ time. I’m not worried about our future though. Now that we don’t work together she is allowing us to be real friends, lol! #weirdo. While I am excited about the next chapter in my life, I am definitely going to miss many things.
Now you might be asking yourself, “how long was Jasmine at TV One?” Well, if you must know, it’s been a year and a half. I realize this is not crazy long, but I know when it’s time for me to move on. It’s funny, whenever I talk to my parents they tease me, always asking if I’m interviewing. Just to fill you in, I am never content. I think it’s a blessing and a curse. This was an issue when the time came to get married. Matt and I dated for almost 7 years before he proposed. I was just fine dating, to me marriage was so final, and what if I changed my mind? After giving it much thought and making sure Matt understood my need for freedom (Sagittarius much?) we decided to move forward and it’s been the best decision of my life. Back to my parents, they always joke with me because they both worked for the government and kept the same job their whole careers. My dad retired as a Maryland State Trooper and my mom is still working with the Department of Juvenile Justice, retiring within the next couple of years. I wrote a post a bit ago Oh, Generation Y and it might be that, or just me, but if I’m not incredibly happy or not sensing a clear growth path, it’s time for me to continue on the journey. I would hate for someone to call me disloyal, but I understand my potential and I have goals. If I’m not being challenged, feeling as though I’ve hit a plateau, and communicated this to management, only to have nothing done, I think it’s beneficial to both parties for me to keep on keep’in on. I always leave on great terms and we often stay in touch! The next chapter in my life looks bright! Next stop, Mosaic!
Now: I am extremely happy with the decision I made. Today is day five and I could honestly see myself here for the long haul. You have no idea how many jobs I have applied for, prior to landing this position and the reason they didn’t move forward with me was simply due to lack of agency experience. Even though I have worked with agencies for almost 5 years, to actually work at an agency I suppose is much different. So not only am I super stoked Mosaic gave me a chance, having not worked on the agency side of the business, but I am finally gaining that crucial agency experience. It’s a win win. So far, I have already met the President/CEO (headquartered in Canada) and heard the rundown on the company and how we are pacing and it all is stellar. As it turns out, this is the perfect time to join the family! I’ve had a happy hour, getting to know others I will be working closely with and I’ve also probably gained some weight. I feel like Hannah from Girls stocking up with all of the free food. She was a little too obvious, but seriously there is so much food! While everything seems so positive, I do worry about the summer, I need to get this body in bikini shape.
Onward and upward! New job and at the end of the month my husband and I will be closing on our first home. This was actually the first place our friend and realtor took us to. We absolutely fell in love with it. I guess it’s not a real surprise as he knows us well and he did find us the place we are currently living. We have only lived in the South Loop of Chicago and can’t imagine ourselves living anywhere else. In five years, we will have lived in 3 different places, all within 5 blocks of each other. We are moving one block north, to a 100 year old rehabbed warehouse. It is a loft type layout, where our master bedroom is upstairs and it overlooks the kitchen and living room. We are sad to be leaving our beautiful views at our current place, but one thing we love about this new place is how cozy it is. When you walk into our current place, you can either hang out in the kitchen, living room or the bedroom and it has a colder, renter feel. Now, we will have many different nooks where we can hang out and it’s two stories. Because we are going to own, we can add special touches to personalize it and make it even more homey. All very exciting!
Everything is really looking up. Today it’s supposed to get up to almost 70 degrees and tomorrow it’s going to be almost 80. I was so worried and stressed about my future and it was all for nothing. It became rare for me to stop to take in the little things such as the beautiful weather, which is so unlike me. It was and is definitely time to start putting more trust in the Lord. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God” (Philippians 4: 6). Feeling blessed and am excited to share! I hope everything is going wonderfully with you! Remember good things come to those who wait and rejection is just redirection, so stick in there!