Life update: new job, new life, no time

Constanta sea in early September

Here I come again after a long unjustified absence on my blog.

But maybe this time it is justified.

I will come back to post about my Romanian trips, because we had another few and I love to write memoirs about them and post them on the blog here. But first a little update about my current situation.

Photos not relevant to the post πŸ˜‰

So… about five months ago I started my new job. I was looking for it for about half a year and it was totally worth it, because the place I landed, is really great, filled with nice and friendly people. Moreover I learn a lot in my new job, which gives my brain a different, nice stimulation after more than a year of staying home as a new mom.

I work in a huge international company, specializing in IT, which is so far away from my previous job experience. I was also never a really computer/programming person, so I didn’t know if I was even suitable for this job. Turns out that I learn as I go and my job is a lot about communication with customers or my colleagues, so not all that much technical. I am in customer support department and that means answering calls, messages, queries, emails… but let me repeat again: CALLS.

Constanta Beach

I hate answering my phone. Sms-ing and WhatsApp-ing is fine, I like also emails and all kinds of written communication. No problem there. All is clear, there’s no language barrier that could mess up the whole interaction. And there’s always lots of dictionaries and translators to help. But calls… different story. There’s a lot that can go wrong with misunderstanding each other, or completely not understanding, because of language barrier. Even if everyone speaks English, let me tell you something: each country has their own specific way of speaking this rather universal language.

So naturally I was terrified the most about calls. And in the beginning it was really hard, because I had to get familiarized with so many different accents. But I am getting used to that. I am also getting used to speaking in my own mother tongue, because that’s another level of difficulty. You’d say it’s easy to communicate in the language you learned since you were born. But if your company is working in English, all tools, all issues, all programs described in English, colleagues communicating in English… finding the right words in your own language may be a tiny issue.

The beach

But it’s all a very good experience for me. I am overcoming my fear of talking over the phone, and I am learning a lot about the new things that surround me now. This job gives a lot of space to learn also for the future carrier growth, so that’s a nice perspective. And since we’re in the middle of pandemic, I work from home, which saves me around 2.5-3 hours of being stuck in traffic or public transportation.

In conclusion, I like my job, I like the fact that I do have a job and can develop there and earn good money. I just wish that the day could be longer than 24 hours and I could still have time to write on the blog, do any sport, rest. Because for now, I am in permanent state of exhaustion (due to my baby sleep schedule mostly…) and all I can or have to do after work is making dinner, or shopping, eating, preparing my boy for sleep and then it’s so late that nothing else can be done. I feel like I don’t spend enough time with my boy, I don’t play with him, don’t interact enough. Even after my work I have to distract him so I can cook in peace.Β  Often we order food because we don’t even have time to cook. None of us has time or will to clean our apartment, and it’s small, what would happen if we lived in a big house that we’re planning to have in the future πŸ˜‰

Vitamin Sea

I guess everyone has the same time issues as us, but it’s just very different from my childhood experience. I’m not saying it’s better or worse, just different. And I still have to adjust to this family life and time management πŸ™‚

I’m not promising any new posts on my blog at any regularity, or even at all in the closest future. But I won’t give up on it, simply because I like having a blog πŸ˜€

Cheers for now!

Sea you! πŸ˜‰

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