The word is new.  The year has been filled with new. I have a new certification.  I have a new circle of friends.  I have a new job.

Oh yeah.  I have a new job!  I’m working with a staffing agency, but I’ll be a “Ops Tech I” with CenturyLink hopefully starting the first part of July.  It’s not where I want to end up, but I think it’s going to be an excellent starting point.

It has been interesting transition, this change from being a stay at home mom to full time working mom.  You have your usual problems, such as mom guilt, and housework, and lack of family time.  And then there are the other problems.

The biggest one:  IT is not my background.  I’m a theater girl.  And not even an actor, but tech theater!  So I’ve had to learn a lot of techie geeky type stuff this year.

To be fair to myself, I do have some of the information.  I can’t help it.  Dale likes to talk about his job, and I like to ask him questions about his job.  But the difference is that now I understand what he’s talking about.  But all of the years of asking him how to do something, and having to use Google and Bing to get the answers, and all the years of helping my dad through phone calls and are starting to come together.

Am I going to be perfect?  Absolutely not.  Am I going to work my hardest?  Always.  That’s not new.

And I’ve got a great support system.  I’ve managed to find myself a part of the Kansas City chapter of IAMCP WIT, which is the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners, Women in Technology.  But these women.  I don’t know what it is exactly, other than amazing.  I have never ever seen a group of women as dedicated to helping each other as this group.  Several of us were having trouble getting interviews, so one of the ladies set up a mentor lunch.  I redid my resume from the feedback I got.  Now I have a new job.

That was 2 weeks ago.

It’s been mind-blowing.

And next year, we are going to be the WIT chapter that hosts the IAMCP WIT worldwide conference, here in KC.  I’m just slightly excited about it.

And I’m writing this from the VMUG UserCon.  It has a new name.  It used to just be VMUG.  This is my third year to come.  The difference is that last year, I came for the swag.  This year, I came to get more information.  It’s primarily cloud storage and backups, but there are other things I’ve been learning.

This was going somewhere, but I forgot where.

Oh.  I’ve done this for many reasons, but the biggest one is for my girls.  I want them to know that they can do anything that they want, no matter how old they are or the amount of training they have, as long as they put their mind to it and do the work that it requires.

Now granted, there are some things that have restrictions.  Like, I can’t join the military or become an astronaut.  But I can start a new career, even at my age.  I can do it, and so can they.

So don’t be afraid to reach for the new, for the challenge.  It will keep you young.  I promise.


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