I just got home from work about 20 minutes ago. No, I did not work overtime; I just met a friend (if I didn't consider her a friend before, I do now) who wanted to talk about job opportunities. This is an acquaintace of mine through my woman's group, someone whom I've never gotten to know on a personal level. All that changed over a cappucino (for her) and a raspberry liqueur infused hot chocolate (for me).
Her request was simple enough - could she pick my brain about one of my former employers? Having gone through (and still in the process of going through) a job transition myself, I was happy to take the time. As it turns out, we have a lot in common and we ended up talking about work, health, family - you name it.
I actually left our meeting feeling energized and uplifted. I needed to reach out to someone, to stretch myself beyond the bounds of my everyday life. I complain about not having enough time to do things, but that isn't true. I've been drawing into my shell, and it's time I poked my head out. There are a lot of wonderful opportunities out there. I need to focus on the positive and stop dwelling on the negative.
Anyway, it was a nice change of pace for me. And now, I am going to curl up under the blanket and watch last night's episode of "Earl" and "The Office" while eating my leftover shrimp scampi shu shu.