A New Year Begins
Well, the Christmas season is over. I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. As the new year begins, many of us look ahead and think about what we might want to accomplish in the coming months.
There is much turmoil in my job lately. Our assistant director left before Christmas, and our director's last day was last Friday. Our assistant director left to move up, but the director's parting was unexpected and due to major dissatisfaction. The thing is, we have all been feeling the same way. I have been working there for essentially 30 years (will be 30 years on March 1), in a few different jobs. For the first time, I have been feeling that I need to leave. Over the years I have had brief times where I was unhappy at my job, but they passed, and they had much more to do with the actual job I was doing. This time, it's different. In the past, we have always felt that the employees were valued, that their contribution was respected and their input was desired. That has gone by the wayside to a large degree. There have been a lot of financial pressures, true, but that does not have to translate into devaluation of employees. After all, your employees are the ones doing the actual work. Perhaps I have been spoiled all these years. At any rate, I feel that the coming year will need to include a new place of employment, which after so many years in one place is a little bit scary.
From a family standpoint, my daughter will be a junior in high school in the fall, and we know what that means! College fairs and applications. Also, I'd really like my son (who is 20) to go away to college. He is currently commuting. He is a good kid but I think he needs to go away and get some "seasoning." The coming year will feature lots and lots of college-related activities for me and my family.
Finally, from a quilting standpoint, I have a few UFOs that I would like to finish up, and a couple of larger projects that I'd like to tackle. Also, I want to continue making quilts for the NICU. I recently completed one and have the parts for another ready to go once the Christmas tree is put away. Hopefully, the coming year will feature lots of sewing (if I can squeeze that in)!
What sorts of plans or goals do you have for the next 12 months? I hope we can all achieve at least a few of them. Have a safe and happy New Year!