Insecure Writers Support Group - April Showered!

Brought to us by Alex J. Cavanaugh,
sensei and founder of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

To say I had quite an April would be putting it...quite mildly. This is going to be a longer post than I like, so I'm sorry in advance.

Let's start back in October, when the administrative assistant for the Chief Security Officer at my job moved onto another company. I had been eyeing her job for quite some time and took the opportunity to express my interest in her position to my manager (who told me when I joined to look around and see what might interest me because I'm currently in a Casual/Seasonal position, and she worried that I was over-qualified to work for her team), and the CSO. So, the CSO told me she had spoken to my manager about needing my help, and my spirits went way up.

After meeting with her, they returned to earth. She had plans to close the Administrative Assistant position and create a new one for a Security Administrator. So for the past few months, I've been helping her team as they did eventually close the job I wanted, and I started applying, yet again, to jobs elsewhere.

In those months, I also spent a lot of time preparing my posts for the A to Z Challenge. I had decided last year that I would focus on Final Fantasy, as the Write Mage, so I did a lot of research and picture searching, and gif searching, and started scheduling those posts. My excitement for each post mounted and mounted, and eventually (if you saw), I even had multiple characters per post and honorable mentions because I couldn't decide, and I just knew I'd draw people into my excitement once I started going around to the others' posts.

April 1st gets here, and I can't wait to get home and start reading blogs. I took a break to go say happy birthday to my surrogate great-grandmother, and when I get into the house and hug my surrogate pop-pop, he says, "You know Pastor died?"

And then most of my April was basically pre-scheduled to not go the way I wanted. Our Pastor had been such for almost 35 years. I was on the committee for this 35th anniversary. His 34th would have been the week after we had his funeral. So a lot of people--our church and surrounding communities--are still shaken up, and when you have a man who not only takes care of his church but pulls together other churches to serve the community for 34 years, we're rightfully so.

But trying to get anything else done got pretty difficult. I have library books that need to keep getting renewed, I'm now 4 books behind on my Goodreads schedule, and I now have to catch up on reading the A to Z Blog posts I'd started. I know I can still do them, but still.

On the bright side, my April didn't end too badly. I kept applying, as I said, to other jobs, many at the local hospital, and at the end of March, I was finally granted an interview. Then, I moved onto the next interview. And then, I was offered the job! SO May begins my countdown (12 DAYS) to becoming a full-time administrative assistant! I'm extremely excited, and I can't wait to move onto bigger and better things!

So, April was a roller coaster, but I'm still strapped in for the ride. :)


Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Deborah! Wow! You have been through a lot, and how sad to lose your beloved Pastor. Your post was actually encouraging to me! I've been through a few crazy months myself, and it's good to see you surviving, maintaining, and thriving! I love belonging to the IWSG; I meet so many wonderful and sharing writers. btw, I'm visiting as a co-host today. Congrats on your new job! Persistence pays off!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm sorry about your pastor. Someone like that is glue to everyone around him, and when he's gone, it feels like everything has fallen apart.
Glad you got the job.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Your April was a roller coaster. Hopefully, May will be calmer for you.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm sorry for your loss, and for that of your community.

Congrats on the new job!

Bish Denham said...

Glad you got the new job! Yes, life can be difficult, but it's all about change and allowing it to happen without clinging or grasping. As for reading all the A to Z posts, take your time, enjoy, have fun!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm so happy for your new job. Hopefully, it will help in the healing process from losing such an important person.

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Loni Townsend said...

Sounds like a roller coaster. That's hard about your pastor. I hope you and the rest of the congregation don't suffer too much. But yay for the new job! I hope it works out well for you!