1. My New Job
I started my new job on January 8, and I can already tell that it's going to be an intense but fun environment. I am sharing an office with three other teammates, which has its pluses and minuses. There was not a moment yet when all four of us were in the room together, since everyone spends a fair share of their day in meetings. At least these meetings are face to face, which is a big improvement from my previous job where all of my teams were remote.
Of course, this first month on the job was like drinking from a fire hose, especially since a team mate who was supposed to be my mentor quit 2 weeks after my arrival. Most of the things are completely new to me - different products, different processes, different tools. But the problems are pretty much the same - accelerating time to market, improving productivity and visibility into project status. I am looking forward to settling in and discovering how I can contribute my skills to an overall success of my new organization.
2. Smarty Will Become a Published Author
A few months ago Smarty decided that she wanted to participate in some sort of a writing contest. She did some research and submitted her poem to Poetic Power contest. She found out this month that her poem was selected for publication in the spring book. She is very excited to be a "published writer", and she is still hoping to be one of the top 10 winners that will be announced in March.
3. Adjusting to New Routines
4. Spending Time Outside
We don't have any major plans for an upcoming Presidents' week break in school. I am grateful that my husband has a flexible job which allows him to take extra time off or to work from home. The plan is that Smarty will stay home for that week, and maybe I will work one day from home if I can swing it. We also hope that Smarty's school will finally deliver on its promise to have some sort of solution for Smarty in math, because she is bored to tears in her math class.
The word of the month is Persist. I need to persist in getting to know my job environment, Smarty needs to persist in getting her job done even if it's boring at times, and we will persist asking our school for solutions.
What are your February plans?