Saturday, October 22, 2011

My New J-O-B!

The cat has been out of the bag for a couple of weeks now on twitter and facebook and I really appreciate all the amazing comments and support. I promised I would give you all the scoop and I am finally getting around to it.

You see D's computer is on the fritz and therefore he has been hogging mine. That means that I have very little blog time so I have been MIA.

15 months ago I left the University of Delaware for a job at Temple University in Philly. I was the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Student Conduct. My job at Temple was challenging to say the least however I learned a great deal of skills and was so overly stimulated mentally, physically, and emotionally that I was often pretty worthless at home. I did great work when I was at work but couch potato doesn't even begin to describe my demeanor at home. My relationship with D was quite rocky for awhile because of the lack of time I spent at home and when I was home I was far from a good partner. I was crabby because I was so tired. I experienced more migraines and sleepless nights than I want to count. I had anxiety like crazy on Sunday nights. I didn't want to go out or do anything because I was so tired and I just wanted to be at home resting.
{Fun-loving Temple University Residential Life staff 2010-2011}
Philly
my office building
a glimpse at my office

The 3 hour commute played a huge role in my vegetable state during any free time that I had. I swear I whined and complained for a year about my 5:15am wake up time and the fact that I did not get home until very close to 7pm.
looking out the train window at the water
another view of the water from the train 

I have great memories of working at Temple and learned so much. I also met some amazing people who I loved working with and will be able to hang out with outside of work. I feel like I had so much more to accomplish at Temple but I just couldn't do it anymore. 

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The grass is really greener working closer to home.

I am so thrilled to be working at the University of Delaware again. This is such a blessing for which I am so so grateful. I will now be leaving my house at 8:15am as opposed to 6:15am. I will also be home before or close to 5pm. This means that I can get back into going to the gym and having a life. I could just jump for joy and squeal. {oh wait, I already have.}
The Green at UD

I feel like I am dreaming. I am that excited. I pinch myself often to make sure this is not a dream.
YouDee and I circa 2009

I will no longer be working with students in crisis a majority of my time. This is my first job outside of Residential Life. No more duty for me. No more August trainings that suck the life out of me.

My new position is called Behavioral Health Specialist. I will be working on alcohol and substance abuse prevention and education. I will be able to focus on positive action steps instead of working solely in a reactionary state. My new boss is amazing. She is so friendly, honest, forthcoming, and flexible. My coworkers are great and I have worked with them indirectly on committees before.

The University of Delaware is truly beautiful and I feel like the luckiest girl ever to be working there again.

I hope this feeling lasts. I know things will get hairy and busy; but at least I have a 30 minute roundtrip commute instead of a 3 hour commute.

*all pictures are by me

30 thoughts:

Shannon at Madiganmade said...

I'm so excited you found a job closer to home! Hoping you get rest and enjoyment out of the new position and commute!

Amber from Real Girl Glam said...

Congrats on the new job! I can definitely see why you needed a change. Sounds like this new position will really be better all around!

Kara @ MFTM said...

Congratulations GINA!!!! So happy for you and your new path. The photos are beautiful. Glad you are in a happy place :)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks Shannon! I was pretty miserable for awhile so I am really hopeful that this will allow me to concentrate on crafting, blogging, and other things that bring me great job. I want to get together some time in the foreseeable future.

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks! I am really looking forward to having a life again. One that will allow me time to blog and read others' blogs:) YAY!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks Kara;) It means a lot.

erika @ rouge & whimsy said...

Gina! Congrats! I can not even image doing a 3-hour commute. Hoping this new transition continues to bless you :)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks so much for the sweet comment. I am sure I will tweet and blog about it. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve...:)

Caitlin cleverblackbird said...

I worked in admissions at two colleges- one in CO, one in AZ. Couldn't find a job in higher ed here, and boy do I miss it. Congrats to you!!!

colletteosuna said...

Congrats on the job hunnie...Im SOOOO happy for you!! (Just dont forget the morning Tweets...just better at 8:15).....go YOU!!!


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thechattymommy said...

Congrats Gina!
I am really happy for you.

Mama Pea said...

hip hip HOORAY!

Andrea Chapman said...

YAY! Gina I am SOOOOO thrilled for you! Congratulations!!!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks!!! I'm motivated again in new ways. Such as cleaning the house!;)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks friend. I would say more but...;)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks so much!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Lol! I will still tweet; just not from the train anymore!!

Melanie Delp said...

have a wonderful time tomorrow! you are amazing :)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks! I still want to hear about your job;) Can you chat this week?

Terri Steffes said...

Congrats! Everyone deserves to be happy at work. After all, most of our waking time is at work!

Amber said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you!

Trina Curran said...

Yay! Congratulations...that is so exciting! One day when I grow up, I want to be a college professor, so maybe we will cross paths! :) Got the MBA...need the PhD. :) One day!

ashjray said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So excited for you, Gina. This whole post made me grin.

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks Ashley! I had a super first day!;)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

That would be fabulous! I have a masters in higher Ed. Excited to go back; just need to decide what I want to get now:) id really love to go to law school but UD doesn't have one:/

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

True story!!! I think this is a great fit:)

Mandipidy said...

Ok, finally I am caught up on what's going on in your life! :) I am SO happy for you Gina! I cannot even imagine how draining it has been for you to have such a crazy commte and demanding job... so glad you are closer to home! :) And the campus looks so beautiful... I want to live there!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks Mandy! I keep pinching myself, literally, because it has been a dream this week. I am just having an amazing time and I leave my house so late and I get home so early. I have so much free time that I don't know what to do with. It feels just so thrilling! And my coworkers are just so fun too! :)gina

Watkins35 said...

Honey I'm so pleased for you, yay! You weren't complaing about the INSANE commute & time you spent, just being honest, and it always sounded so horrendous & stressful. I'm so pleased you're back somewhere you love that means more quality time with your loved ones & less stress. Congrats & here's to the future Gina, lots of love xox

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