- I lost a very dear friend, she was 85. I spoke at her memorial service, which was very hard but it was something I really wanted to do. She meant a lot to me.
- I had an unsolicited face to face talk with my general manager about ways I thought we could improve the communication level between him and I and ways I thought we could improve the overall function of our small (6 people) office. Face to face is very hard for me. Face to face, one on one, causes me to formulate and voice my opinion and then be accountable for what I say. It went much better than I thought it would.
- I traveled to our Pittsburgh office on Wednesday to have my first ever 'goal setting' meeting with my immediate supervisor. I know my job, I do it well and I do anything else I am asked to do. Simple, right? Not now. Our company has decided to use an evaluation system to help monitor our individual progress. I'm not scared, well, maybe a smidgen, but I'm confident I can meet the goals we set without any trouble. What I am concerned about, can I meet them in a timely manner? I am not a very good time manager. I am actively working on improvement in that area and have been for about a year now. Perhaps I need to work harder and more efficiently :) This new policy may get me going in the right direction. What appropriate timing!!
- My step mom's aunt, she was 96, passed away on 1/31/11. She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed visiting with her at every opportunity. Because of a funeral home backlog (who'd da thunk it) the funeral was not held until 1/4/12. To my benefit, that allowed time for my sister and I to make a quick trip to IL to pay our respects and see some of our family.
- Travel time to and from IL also allowed my sister and I to discuss some personal issues between the two of us. We discussed ways I could improve on some of my shortcomings in the sister department. Actually, probably in the human being department as well. OPEN UP, share, ask for help (that will be the day), enjoy time with your fellow man/woman, stop the isolation. God meant for us to be social. Even my church newsletter alluded to this topic last month. Hello Coralee, how much harder do you need to be hit; do you need to have a house dropped on you?
See what I mean, definitely emotional!! It will take me a few more days to process all of this but I am grateful for this past week. Saddened by the loss of life but encouraged by the new beginnings; it's a cycle of sorts, isn't it?