The list of letters added to the end of my name will make my business cards unreasonably long now. This is something to celebrate! I am now Jenny XXXX GM Sr.FT...hah! or spelled out it is Jenny XXXX General Manager & Senior Field Trainer. Either way it looks very involved, but I love it to pieces.
But seriously, I am pleased and excited and happy and ready to go forth and do great things with great people. It was very difficult for me to wait so long for word, and then to receive word but not be able to tell anyone. Throughout the process, I had a few people (who are on my team now) calling me every so often to see if I had heard anything. I've enjoyed working with these folks in past years, and I know we're going to enjoy ourselves this year.
Some of these are people who live many states away, and yet when we come together to facilitate a multi-day training session, it's like we've been good friends for years and see each other daily...we just all work together that well.
So, I am excited about our potential this year, and I feel comfortable and confident in my abilities to lead the team. It's a little strange to say that, because a few years ago I would have been not at all confident about it, but experience is a great guide and teacher, and I am ready now. I am now in a position to influence all of the training that occurs in the entire zone, and I take that responsibility very seriously.
And in related news: I won't be getting a kitty this year because I will need to be doing a lot of travel for this new position. I will be going to Michigan, Orlando, Washington, D.C., Nashville, and Houston. Then I'll be going to Orlando (again) and another undetermined place for work conferences. And I'm going to Acadia Nat'l Park in Maine on vacation this summer, so it wouldn't be fair to a kitty to board him/her for what would amount to weeks.
And now I shall go forth and be happy...