Well, we did it.
This past weekend, two days after Christmas, we upended our material possessions, and (with a lot of help from friends quite dear) we moved to West Philadelphia. A lot has happened, though, so let me catch you up.
I made a contact at a company for future consulting work, and potentially, a future opportunity for a full time position. My contact is very sweet, super honest, and quite helpful. We talked a lot about my desire to land in either a Managed Services Lead position, or to end up as an accomplished Analyst in the field of business intelligence.
Hanif and I talked a lot about my training and tracking for [redacted], and we have a plan to get me up to speed sooner than I hoped, given my wont to eat a whale in one bite then chew for a year hoping to swallow it.
[Redacted] (!!!) emailed me on Christmas Day morning, responding to my application for a Junior Analyst position to which I’m terribly excited to respond. It’s essentially a pre-interview technical screening to show [redacted] my strengths and ability to leverage queries to yield meaningful data. I was elated upon reading the email, not only because [redacted] has a bit of a reputation for not responding to applicants, but also because I feel very capable of giving them full, meaningful responses to each use-case.
We visited families of blood and the heart this holiday. Thomthulhu replaced a tea pot our cats shattered, and also gave me an HP Lovecraft tee-shirt I like very much. We go to Lancaster for New Years, and I’m excited to see a small group of friends we don’t get to see too often during the winter months.
I received a very generous year end bonus from the law firm, and an equally generous and heartfelt gift from the attorney for whom I work.
The move went relatively smoothly, and the Sky Warren of R’yleh should be cleaned out and ready for new occupants by this time next week. I’m desperately hoping that our landlord will find an occupant in time for February 1, so that I don’t end up having to pay another full month of rent at the old place AND a full month at our new home, but HEY IT IS ONLY MONEY WHATEVER WE SHALL DEAL.
Thomthulhu gave his notice Monday last, and today is his third-to-final day of work. He begins classes at Temple University on the twelfth, and has a full load of courses in History (and Latin, naturally).
I’ve drafted solicitation letters for sponsorship for my Rails Girls event in June of the coming year. I’m picking up Ruby in my spare time, and have a proof of concept project to work on (and a domain name that will be its home). I really love the language, and hope to move on to Java and HTML/CSS when I’ve got a good handle on Ruby. Code Academy has been a great resource for me so far, and I’m hoping to make some Girl Develop It meet-ups in the near future.
It just goes to show how much can change in a year, I suppose. Inviting people who encourage, support, and advocate for me and my abilities and wonder and desire in a truly meaningful way has opened so many doors and cleared so many paths in my life. It makes such a significant difference to move from people who expend their energy talking about support to people who expend their energy actually just providing and reinforcing support. I’m surrounded by people who know that I’m a force of nature and that I make good decisions. My participation in these relationships is not contingent on getting things right all the time, or doing things the One True Right Way (read: their way). I don’t spend my time mired in Emotionally Intense Constant Exchange. My relationships are more fluid, reciprocal, cooperative, and trusting. They’re more mindful. I’m not expected to conform or assimilate. It’s like going from a cult to a culture. We spend time relating, rather than talking about relationships. We spend more time building and doing than we do processing and discussing. I went from deeply questioning my value and enoughness seven or eight months ago to rarely bothering to give it a second thought because of course I am valuable and enough! I ask for reassurance when I need it, invariably receive it, and believe its veracity because it is supported by consistent actions over time. The cognitive dissonance has almost completely evaporated. I have not been confronted with a moment of “You’re saying X, but your actions say Y,” since Galactic Collision 2014.
It’s… honestly pretty glorious. I feel like a pretty darn great version of myself and it’s a great way to begin 2015.