I love my job. Yeah, it doesn’t really pay well but the feeling I get when I come to work makes up for the paycheck. I feel calued. I feel needed. I feel like I have some expertise and most importantly I feel like I’m using my gift.
Man, my heart is filled with so much warmth right now that even if the publisher comes in and goes off, (she’s a wild one!)I wouldn’t care cuz I love being here. I work with all black people. They remind me of my family, they are so wild! I love them! Today we are having a birthday party for all of the March- May birthdays and they are ordering up some crab and rice, macaroni & cheese, collard greens, potatoe salad, baked fish and fried chicken. Wow.
I remember at my old office we had a pot luck and I was going around the buffet table thinking, “What the heck is this?” I didnt even recognize any of that stuff they brought in.
I have a whole HOUR for my lunchbreak and I can go anywhere I want to and yesterday I went over to my friend Andy’s school where he teaches fifth grade and I hung out with him in his class. We ate those big cafeteria cookies! Remember those? It was so good.
Today I was gonna go over to Anna’s school, she teaches 3rd grade I think, but it looks like I can’t since we’re having a party.
Right now, I’m working on a project for a national association of black newspapers. My publisher has to draft a set of ethical standards and guidelines that the association will be run by. She passed the project on to me to get started and I have to write all that professional lingo and sound smart and stuff as I explain why having a set of guidelines is important in newspapers and just what these guidelines are. I have to create everything from scratch. I love it!
I’m also working in marketing and sales. Since there was no real sales team until a few weeks ago, I have to start from scratch by creating a media kit and creating the protocol for the sales team. I called on the expertise of my friends Ruby, Rick and Polly for this one. I was a magazine journalism major and they are the advertising and sales experts. Ruby got her degree in advertising, Rick makes lots of loot in sales and Polly is the former director of corporate support for WUFT-TV/FM, I used to be her personal assistant.
I got great pointers from each of them and I believe I can get a good start. I am a little nervous about sales though. I mean, I always thought I would just dazzle the people with my great writing and get money thrown at me. But this is not gonna be like that, but its my chance to learn a new skill. Can I be a super salesperson?
We’ve been receiving some responses from the community about our column. Basically, we debate each other on topics of interest and so far Hansen presents the radical, controversial side while I present the grounded, spiritual, calm your nerves side. It’s so much fun, but it is very challenging. When he sends me his column it takes me a while to write my response. I always get nervous and freeze up and worry about if I have something intelligent to say. But every time I hit it just right.
Oh yeah, my second column was about letting go of the pursuit of a relationship and pursuing your purpose. Once you focus on your purpose you will meet others who share the same purpose and then you will be united with someone based on interest instead of physical attraction. Makes sense? Yeah. Instead of going out with someone cause they bought you a drink, you can eliminate the whole process of having to see if you have something in common because you will have met that person while you were pursuing your purpose which means more than likely they will have the same purpose as you do.
In a nutshell, line yourself up with God’s purpose for your life and watch as the pursuit of your passion produces a perfect match.
Lord, help me take all this to heart for myself, cuz I sho’ll be like, dang when this nicca gonna act right and bring his behind on ova here? SHOOOOT, cuz a sista need some love too. LOL