Taking stock of new opportunities
I am 6 business days into my new job in Toronto, and I am loving it. After 3 1/2 years of working from my home basement office, doing some consulting work and pondering business ideas, it is great to be actually going to the office in the morning, being around intelligent and friendly people for 8+ hours every day, being challenged but not (yet) overwhelmed, applying many of my skills and what I’ve learned over the years. (Someday soon, I might even share some details about what I’m actually doing.)
I’m enjoying the 1 1/2-hour commute every morning, and another 1 1/2 hours back. Oh, you’re thinking, he enjoys spending 3 hours per day commuting? I’d hate to do it in a car, but it is mostly on commuter rail, so I can spend my time with my iPad, if I’m not leaning back and closing my eyes. In the morning I read my newspapers, and of course there is alot of news happening in Toronto these days. In the evening, I get an hour to unwind, read some books and play Scrabble.
I had set an objective of writing something for Atoms and Numbers every day in November, even if it was just a short blurb. I was inspired by the idea of NaNoWriMo, to just write throughout the month, but writing science posts instead of a novel. I thought that this goal would get my writing juices flowing, but I quickly recognize that coming up with 30 different post ideas is difficult when I’m so focused on other changes in my life. So November 2013 was not the month to try it.
I hope to get back to my old weekly pace on Atoms and Numbers at some point. I pulled away in the Fall to find a proper job, and now that I’ve started one, I need some time to learn how to do it very well. I also need to adapt to the new routine of “going to work”, and having evenings that I can spend on other interests, instead of spending every moment worrying about improving my skills and sharpening my job search. Time will tell how I will make everything fit together, but I am really looking forward to this new journey.