I had been at my job for two and a half years. I excelled at it. I was good at it. But I also felt that I wasn’t going to stay at that job forever and that the positions outside of my organization that used my skills were not the jobs I wanted.

Then, one fateful day, a co-worker/friend/advisor sent an email to a higher-up in the organization and BCC’d me on it. He was recommending me for a new job that had opened. I was flabbergasted. It was a rather big departure from what I was doing (aka legal contracts and reports). He had given me a heads up that he was going to recommend me, but I didn’t think much of it. Not because of him, but because I didn’t see how anyone would hire me without a solid background.

Almost a year ago, I started working in social media and marketing. I felt like Rebecca Bloomwood on her first day at Successful Saving. I wanted the pretty computer and I was going to just write to my heart’s content and get paid for it (which is essential to any job when you’re an independent woman. You want to at least be an independent woman of means).

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC

The magic of the new job and new possibilities wore off as I had to accept bureaucracy and the fact that I was down low on the totem pole. While I maintained some respect from my previous position, many of my new team members had never worked with me and only heard one or two things about me. I had to start at ground zero.

I love my new job, please don’t misunderstand me. I think I finally discovered my niche. I’m excited by the possibilities and pour over books and blog posts on how to hone my craft.

However, I’m still working hard to feel a bit more included and not so much an outsider who is begging for work or for content or for recognition. It’s been a humbling process to come back to the bottom and have to work my way up again. I’m sure I’ll get there—I always do. Maybe it’s just good practice for if/when I decide to leave this organization and move on to something else.

That’s one of the beauties of being single and having no debt except my car: I can go wherever I want. And now that I have found the type of job that I love? I know what to apply for.