Before I went on maternity leave this summer, I was quite miserable at the job. I was bored to tears. I had nothing to do. I would come in each day and read parenting magazines, blogs and message boards. I had plenty of time to obsess over the impending arrival of baby Foxy.
Weeks before I returned to work I was depressed. Not just because I was leaving my sweet baby girl in the hands of strangers, but because I was leaving her to come back to a place I hated. I knew I had no work to do. Literally NO WORK to do. I had left my desk empty with nothing to do. My objectives for the year were met before I left. The thought of coming back to 8 hours of nothing made me cry.
I’ve been back at work for nearly three months. I’d say since the second week of my return I have been busy. Busier than I have ever been at any job in my life. I have new projects that are somewhat interesting and often overlapping one another. I’ve been so busy I’ve actually had to take my computer home a couple of times to get things done.
The culmination of one of those projects was last week. We do a pretty big Silent Auction for the Un.ited W.ay each year and I was asked to coordinate the auction this year. For three weeks I was immersed in all things auction. I was charged with cataloging the items, determining value and bid prices, creating bid sheets and so much more. We had nearly 40o items.
The event was a huge success. I had a team of people that helped me set up and organize the event. I had a few items go to live bidding and had to pull those items. Then we had special closed bids during the auction where I randomly selected items to close. I was exhausted at the end. But my work wasn’t finished. Then I had to take all 400 bid sheets and log in the winners and start collecting monies. It’s work that I am still working on today, in addition to my other duties. I came in today to a gracious email from the head of our organization thanking me for the work I did. We raised over $14,000.
As I drove in this morning thinking about the busy week ahead of me, I couldn’t help but be thankful for my workload. Not only is it keeping me busy, but it is often fulfilling as well. I no longer feel like I’m wasting office space, and I am in a much better mood when I pick up the Fox.
What are you thankful for today?