Back to the grindstone (but at least it’s a fun one)

Week 1 back at work is already almost over. It is quite interesting to me how quickly you can go from days of leisure and relaxation to full-throttle, schedule-packed days that leave little breathing room but lots of great memories to make up for the lack of breathing.

Anyone else ever experience this?

Anyway, the new year in the office kicked off on Monday, and it has been a great one so far. We welcomed the newbies – intern Emily on the conference team, Amanda the awesome graphics designer (also my Berlin teammate and dear friend), and intern Sara on the Sending team – and also lots of old familiar faces. There are some other new office-mates, but I don’t know them as well as I know these ladies. Is that bad? Hope not.

So far this week I have:

– Taste tested and approved our new BBQ place for the welcome back picnic next Thursday

– Cleaned/re-vamped my desk area (still in process. the candy bowl is still empty – hopefully tomorrow i can go get some new stuff for the bowl so that friends will start stopping by again to say hello and get a quick sugar fix)

– Noticed the increase in my work inbox from 2-3 emails a day to 10-15, steadily growing as the week progresses

– Shopped for new toys for childcare (hallelujah!! we can now dispose of the mis-matched, broken, well-loved toys that have been in use for over a decade or so)

– Helped Emily (the intern…I’m not speaking in third person now) settle in to the office/her desk/our job, giving her a taste of what is to come yesterday when we went around town asking for donations for door prizes for our picnic. I can’t give it away because it is a secret, but our grand prize is a.w.e.s.o.m.e. The other prizes aren’t bad either.

– Walked around the building three times. Hopefully the weather will stay as lovely as it has been this week so we can continue our mid-day walks for a couple months.

In all seriousness though, I am really looking forward to this year. I have a solid year and a half of office experience and am loving knowing what is coming and what my role looks like. I love that we start semi-slow and ramp up to our crazy busy season starting in a few weeks.

During our prayer time this morning, we were asked to answer two questions that I loved and got me thinking:

1) In what ways did the Lord meet you/provide for you this past summer?

2) What are you trusting Him for this coming year?

How would you answer those questions?

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