Thursday, August 2, 2007

Melinda 2 Mindy...2 Melinda?

I have been reading a series of paperback books that Mary Beth passed on to me, they are the Shopaholic series. It's chick lit, but very good chick lit, and since I've already finished this month's book club selection (The Kite Runner) I was in the mood for something light. So I was thoroughly enjoying the 2nd book but feeling a little skeptical about how everything just all works out so nicely in the end. The cynic in me was thinking that in real life perfect opportunities just don't come up and present themselves to the heroine at just the right moment...and then the phone rang.
It was the man I'd interviewed with at GM. He let me know that they were going to be offering me the job. Start date in September.
Up until then I'd been doing my Scarlett O Hara routine and trying not to think about it, but after a week had passed without word, I started to become concerned that I wasn't going to get it, and that's when I began to understand that I really did want it.
I have a feeling, in my gut, that this is the right thing for me to do at this time. Possibly because it's all been coming about so easily, but I think there's more than that. I like that at this job I get to use knowledge from my engineering past, and the thing that really excites me is that I will be learning NEW skills. During the interview I said that I didn't have a background in technical education other than taking classes, but my interviewer said "Oh, but I know you can learn that part." And that, right there, is what makes this 100% different from the situation that I left. I was a whole new person to him, a blank piece of paper, with a history of experience that has shaped who I am now, but does not limit what I am capable of doing in the future. That is what I so want, a fresh new start, a chance. I don't have to overcome someone's perceptions based on what they've been told by others. It's up to me.
So I told him that I would like to accept. I don't feel like I'm going to go back to being Melinda, I feel like I'm getting to be a new Melinda. Possibly new and improved. AND I've still got a month to enjoy my lovely summer at home. And of course, to keep on blogging about it.

NEXT: What about the kids?


LMD said...

Wow...congrats!!! I'm so excited for you...being in a job where you're truly appreciated makes a HUGE difference!

Heather Leigh said...

HOW EXCITING!! Does this mean you get to go shopping for new duds?? (just remembering your interview post in which you were hard pressed to find something to wear) bc when I got my new job at HP, one of things that I was most excited to do was to buy new clothes. I kind of felt like the new job meant that I was a new person, and this new person needed new clothes. I think the new Melinda would be happy with new clothes, too. :-) But, you HAVE to keep blogging, how else are we going to convince everyone else to blog if YOU give up on it? I know you won't let us down. :-)

Anonymous said...

You go girl !! Maybe you should introduce yourself to everyone as Mindy and leave Melinda at the old job ! ~A

Anonymous said...

That's fabulous MINDY...I know you'll be the future for GM.
-Lynn S.

Mindy said...

Thanks you guys! Your support means a lot to me. I'll probably keep blogging, but I'll have to be careful to leave work out of it. That shouldn't be too hard. And I am in total agreement about the suggestion to go get new clothes, an EXCELLENT idea.