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New Job Update

The weekends seem to fly by quickly and the work week takes forever to end. It’s not that I don’t like my new job, but I enjoy being home, lazing around and sleeping in more. My new job is pretty great. Last Friday was my first meeting with my clients,the meeting went pretty smoothly or so I think.

As for the job itself, it’s mostly the same concept as my previous job; product and project management. I just have a different title and product now and the projects are never-ending and all for the same product.

The people are friendly, except two. But then every office has it’s politically incorrect bunch. Unfortunately, for me, they sit right next to me, so I have to be careful with how I act or what I say. Don’t worry though, I’m a big girl and don’t let the two of them phase me much.

So, that’s where I am with my new job. It’s nice to be busy and to be learning new things. I do miss my colleagues/friends from my previous job, though. You know, the work can be whatever it is, but the people are what make you either hate or love your job and going to work every day and I miss those people that used to make me look forward to going to my previous job. Thankfully, they’re just down the street from me and do send me emails/text messages, so I’m staying in touch with them and will hopefully, meet up for lunch with them. It’s not that bad without them. But I still miss them.

Anyway, enjoy your week and smile at the people who make it a little more worthwhile going to work. Xoxo.

~Tamana

The End Of A Chapter

  As you all know, yesterday was my last day at my current employer. As anticipated, it was a bittersweet day. I woke up ecstatic with the thought of not going there anymore. But as I drove there for the last time, I started thinking of all the people I would no longer see every single day. Most of these people, I have known for the full seven years I have been employed there and some I just met. So many of these people have made a difference in my life and have been with me through various life events. 

I think the hardest part of yesterday was handing back my parking pass and hugging everyone goodbye. 

But after work, a couple of my close friends surprised me with sparkling wine and a beautiful gift to celebrate my new job. It was an amazing night and I am so eagerly looking forward to what Monday brings. Wish me luck! I hope it’s everything I’ve made it out to be!

The Resignation: It’s Time To Move On

Quiet!After giving seven years of my life to the same employer, last Friday, I resigned. It was an extremely difficult but exciting task to do, but one that was long overdue.

I loved working here. It was one of the best companies I had worked for and I met so many amazing people. I used to be very happy with where my career was going and colleagues.

There used to be an adrenaline that came with working in the media industry. You were constantly tackling new things; you were always on your toes. You dealt with different departments, people and levels of seniority. It was constant go, go, go. I loved it. No day was the same. No two tasks were alike. It was exciting and you felt like you were part of the bigger picture.

A year ago, everything changed, drastically. The company I had grown to love, had changed. Some of the people I worked so closely with, had changed. The laid-back atmosphere I had grown comfortable with, had changed. I won’t say I was completely unhappy, because that would be a lie.

I started feeling lost. I had no sense of direction. I didn’t feel like I was part of the overall goals. Yes, I was tackling the day-to-day but it all felt meaningless; which stemmed my need to grow and venture out. I wanted to stay with this company, but the opportunities weren’t there.

With one more week to go, I am tying loose ends, closing tasks out and saying my goodbyes slowly. This company gave me a good seven-year run. It was exciting and very educational while it lasted. But it’s time to close this chapter and move on.

Wedding Shower

Today was such an awesome day. A colleague, who has also become a good friend threw me a wedding shower at work. It was absolutely amazing and so many people showed up. Plus, they all contributed towards getting me a couple of MasterCard gift cards as a gift.

It was going absolutely perfect until a colleague I am particularly not close with nor like very much entered the room. Not only was I surprised to see her there but she left quite the impression on everyone else that was there.

Here’s how her entrance to the party began:
“What are you all celebrating?”
“What???? Tamana’s getting married???”
Then her focus turned directly to me:
“I wasn’t invited!”
I smiled thinking she was joking. But then….
“I wasn’t invited!!!!”
My response, “it was a surprise.”
“When’s your wedding?” she questioned.
“March 12th”
“How old are you?”
“29”
“Wow, you’re older than me. And then are you going to have babies?”
“Not anytime soon”
“At least I won’t be that old before I get married.”
“I can’t believe she’s getting married before me!”

And then she left. Everyone in the rooms jaws just dropped. I’m pretty sure the psychopath heard us making fun of her and laughing our heads off at her stupidness.

That was definitely entertaining. Sadly, we didn’t get that on camera otherwise I’d surely post it here.

Anyway, here are some of photos from the shower:

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Change

With this soon to come career progress, I feel like I need a new look. New hair, new glasses, new style, new ME.

I’m working on the body change but now the materialistic part of me needs to change. I got the manicure and pedicure this weekend. Next on the list, hair!

I’m thinking of a more polished hair cut with a little red. Something like the style Rihanna has going on the below picture.

But I’m thinking of adding some red to the bangs. Like an under-tone. How about the picture below? (Don’t mind my sloppy drawing)

Since my hair is already black and it’s been a few months since I’ve had it dyed, I think it will take nicely to the red color. A colleague that I work with tells me that the red will look too fake. But really? I mean, come on! Don’t women dye their hair to be someone else in the first place? If we loved ourselves so much and cherished everything about ourselves so much, then why would we “enhance” our look by getting our hair dyed? Coloring our hair and putting on make-up is a way for us to be someone we’re not. Maybe that person is just another aspect of ourselves, an enhanced more polished version of us but it’s still not the “true” or “real” us.

This colleague, well what can I say? She’s judgemental of me because I want to add red color to my hair. But she does not see how much make-up she wears to cover-up her flaws. I am not judgemental of her. The make-up enhances her features and brings out a more beautiful person (I’m only talking about appearance and in no way saying that without the make-up she would not be beautiful). Why is it so easy for her to point the finger at me, when she too is using cosmetics to enhance herself?

Why are people so hypercritical?

Anyway, back to my changes. So, this afternoon after work, I’m going to head down to Marca College and get my hair cut and colored. (http://www.marca-college.com/) The students are  the stylists and it’s quite inexpensive. I’m on a small budget, so I’ve got to look for inexpensive ways to make changes. This probably wouldn’t be my first choice, but I’m going to be optimistic for once and try it out.

So, after the hair, I thought I would look for new glasses. Oh, by-the-way, I’ll post a picture of my new hair style once I get it done). Anyway, I went to Hakim Optical yesterday to check out a new pair of glasses and well, their styles were pretty lame, at least at the location I went to. Actually, to be quite honest with you, the experience was lame. I walked in, was greeted by a sales representative, and he asked me what I was looking for. I said, “Black frames”. He showed me 2 pairs (one being way too big for my face and the other being a men’s pair) and then told me to look around and find something myself. I found something I liked and had questions about it but the sales rep. was nowhere to be found. So, I continued looking around, hoping he was in the back or something, but he never came back and the other sales reps. were busy with other customers; so, I walked out!

That was a pretty bad experience and it’s highly unlikely that I’ll return to that store. I’m not going to opt out of Hakim optical all together because they have a good reputation for quality glasses and they have some great deals (buy one get one free). But I doubt I’ll be going back to that location anytime soon. I might even write an email to Hakim corporate office about the experience. I’ve read about Mr.Hakim and he seems like the man who values his customers and how they are treated at each and every one of his stores. I’m sure he’ll understand my disappointment with this particular store.

Ok, sorry! I know I have a habit of taking my posts from one subject to the next and then jumping back to the beginning again.

So, after the experience at Hakim Opticals, I decided to go to Ardene. Now, that experience was much better. I purchased 5 accessories for $11.50. Wow! I got a really good deal on those things. I got myself a couple of necklaces, an anklet and a set of 5 bangles. 🙂 The sales rep. was really nice too. I think I might return here soon for more goodies.

Well, I’ve got to get back to work. I’ll keep you posted on the changes and I’ll even post a picture of my new hairstyle once I get it this evening!

Until then – Ciao!

Inconsistency

Inconsistencies are ridiculous. They annoy me!

I am the type of person that appreciates routines and processes. But now, all around me there are many inconsistencies and this is frustrating me. I cannot stop this. I cannot retaliate. I cannot even express my frustration. I feel bound. This is a horrible feeling.

Where we work. Where we live. People we associate with. Every where and every thing at one point or another is inconsistent. But how can we adapt to all these inconsistencies? How do we just say ok and move on?

Currently, I am facing inconsistencies with my employer and with a family member. Both of which are out of my control. The company is making “adjustments”. People are moving out and about. I am not! I am staying put. I do like my employer and am happy to be working here. However, it just seems like lately, everyone is beating around the bush. No one wants to make firm decisions. No one wants to take a stand. This bothers me.

When I was hired, there was a consistency with the way things were done; with the way I was hired. Then  there was a consistent way of training me, of getting me set up, of making sure I was introduced to everyone and ready for my tasks. Now, nothing seems so routine.

The hiring process has changed. The training process has changed. The initial job offer process is changed. And not only that, but the process of which requests, complaints, and concepts has changed.

My family member:  she is consistent with her outbursts but not with her decisions. She calls my mother and complains about how miserable she feels and trapped she is. My mother is saddened by the situation and the lack of being able to help her. My mother hangs up the phone, calls me, cries to me that she is helpless. Then my family member calls my mom again and says that she is fine and not to worry. During her outbursts she tells my mother she cannot live where she lives anymore. During her “fine” times, she tells my mother she is happy. My family member is so confused and bases her decisions on her feelings. Not on the situation.

Things like this frustrate me. They are not in my control. I am stuck in between these changes feeling bound and unable.

Bitter Sweet

Before I begin writing on what happened on Friday, I’d like to give a little history.

I started working for my current employer over a year ago. I am a client services representative; supporting 4 major verticals of our online classifieds business. When I joined this employer, all points of my job were exciting. But soon, I became very familiar and enthusiastic about one particular vertical.

Everyone I work with, my boss, my fellow client service reps., even the product specialists and managers all knew I was extremely interested in progressing my career in this specific vertical. It has been like a passion. I love learning new things but any time an opportunity struck for this vertical, I was on top of the game.

Because of my interest in this vertical, I soon became good friends with the product specialist for this vertical. She is a year younger than me but has worked as the specialist for over 2 years and has been with the company in general for over 4 years. She has taught me many things and we have a good working relationship.

I always told her to hurry up and get promoted so that I could take her place. And on Friday, she announced that she had resigned. 😦 I almost wanted to start crying. To be honest though, I was a little happy as well. You see, my employer is going through many financial changes. The recession has hit our industry extremely hard and they are just not handing out promotions right now. So, the only way for me to become the specialist would be if she either got promoted (which myself and her both know was highly unlikely) or if she quit.

But the last thing I wanted was for her to quit. I wanted her to become the manager of the product and I to be the specialist. This would allow for me to work closely with her and learn from her. She’s a good teacher. Sadly though that won’t be the case.

I’ve spent most of the weekend thinking about her and the job. The whole situation is just bitter-sweet. I’m going to miss her dearly and I haven’t fully come to terms with the fact that in 5 weeks or so she’ll be leaving.  Although, maybe I might get promoted. Maybe my career is finally going to take off.

It’s too soon to speculate as we don’t even know if the top guns are going to rehire for her place as yet or not. But I am hopeful.