It’s so nice to have a job I LIKE, you know?

So I’ve had a few jobs.  Not a lot, but a quite a few.  Started when I was 18, and have had at least one since then, usually two or more.  Until about four years ago, when I was laid off from not one but two in six months, and then spent 18 months unemployed before finding part time work.  That work is now full time, and I actually really like my job.  It’s been a long time since I could say that, and I’m thrilled that I can!  Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard sometimes.  And busy.  And tedious.  But overall, at the end of the day, we’ve helped people.  And that matters.

Life. Love.Lauren
  1. I tell people I work for Northwestern Mutual, but that’s not entirely true.  I work for someone who works for Northwestern Mutual, I don’t work for them myself.  My check comes from him, not the company.  Downfall of this is that there are no benefits, which sucks, and I’m trying hard to make it financially.
  2. It’s not an insurance business, it’s a full service financial services company.  529 plans, 401K plans (I had eight on my desk to work on when I got in this morning), company disability, etc.  And it irritates the tar out of me that my family (one person in particular) speaks very negatively of my job basically saying I work for an insurance schiester.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.
  3. It has no benefits, which is the only drawback to it right now.  If I worked for the agency, I’d have benefits.  But working for an individual?  Not so much.  And health insurance on my own costs 25% of my take home pay.  It’s expensive y’all!
  4. I had 377 emails when I got in this morning.  I left here at 8 on Thursday night, out at an all day meeting on Friday, off yesterday to volunteer for a non-profit fundraiser, and in today.  I’ve been working on them for three hours and needed a break so I decided to finish my list. 🙂
  5. One of the guys I work with just returned from China where he ran across the Gobi desert.  250 Kilometers.  That’s 155 miles to you and me.  Why, you ask?  I have no clue.  But he did it a few years ago in Chile when he ran across the Atacama.  Personally, I think something in his head must make him off his rocker to do it.  But it’s pretty cool that he has a goal and works to achieve it like that.  And he’s a great guy to boot.  And I love that I work for a company that allows people to chase dreams like this and make them a reality.
  6. Sometimes my boss and I get annoyed at the titles of boss and employee.  We are business partners.  We are friends.  We are work-husband and work-wife.  We are so much more.  And I’ve worked for a lot of schmucks over the years, so to have this kind of a work relationship with someone is awesome.  We used to work for the same company a decade ago, and that shared history is nice too.
  7. I am truly blessed to be employed and better yet to work for someone who shares the same set of beliefs that I do.  Someone who values family and thinks they should come first.  Someone who thinks that work is important, but that life is too.  Someone who, when my mom has surgery (like in three days) basically kicks me out of the office to go care for her instead of threatening me with losing my job like our mutual employer did over and over and over again.

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