I thought I would jump in and tell you a bit about my new job. First off, I love it. If you missed it, I’m working part-time at the local veterinary office. I’ve been a customer there but let me tell you, working there is nothing like I imagined. I love it and part of the reason, the place is hopping.
I think I told you when I initially wrote about my new job at the vet office that I was going to do intake on small animals as they came in and answer phones. Oh my…it’s so much more. I really had zero idea…ZERO.
The vet office also provides dog and cat boarding and grooming. You can imagine how overwhelming it all was for the first day when the other person a the reception desk said, “Go get Fi-Fi. She’s ready for pick up.”
Hmmm. Was Fi-Fi a:
-cat here for boarding
-cat here for vetting
-cat here for grooming and yes, cats to get groomed
-dog here for boarding
-dog here for vetting
-dog here for grooming
All of the animals for each category are kept in different places so newbie me had no idea where to go to get the dog (or was it a cat).
Other people who work there know that Fi-Fi is a regular and know exactly who Fi-Fi is. So the hope is that I’ll work there and will get to know more of the pets and owners as I go along. Happily, I did find the animal and get it back to its owner.
The office is pretty fast-paced. I really had no idea they were that busy. I had no idea how many different things they did like artificial insemination…ear docking…and more.
Everyone there is so good at their jobs and very efficient. If there is work…people are actively working with no one on their phones or dilly-dallying around. I love that. Everyone I’ve worked with hasn’t done anything to haze me, the newbie…they haven’t made me feel dumb about mistakes. It has been so nice to see how patient they are with me.
I love the happy stories customers tell like people finding a stray and taking it in and doing all the vet work on it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of sad stories too…We do have to put aged animals to sleep and it’s so hard to see the owners during that process…but I’ve been there and done that so I understand.
The owner of the practice is super. She’s very laid back and go with the flow. The office manager that I work with at the reception desk is the same. They don’t get worked up when things get crazy…in fact, they are so even-keeled that you wouldn’t even know that things are crazy from their demeanor. It gives a whole wonderful calming vibe to the office.
There have been no personal conversations about the latest lipstick, the fancy car they are buying or the fancy vacation they are going on. Everyone is really down to earth. So far, side personal conversations have been all related to gardening and fairgoing and a little bit of family. It’s so nice. If you remember I wanted a job that wasn’t “political” and this one doesn’t have a drop of that. I love it!!
There is a lot to learn…there is a computer program for scheduling…another for boarding. At the reception desk, we get all kinds of requests…people calling for appointments…medicine refills…questions about services… follow-up questions…what to do with a dog that bit them…vaccination records so they can take their dog to a groomer…larger animal vet questions too. There is so much to do and to learn. I love the challenge. Every day I am learning so much. I wish I could see the me I’ll be two years after I’ve worked here!! I’m sure I’ll still be learning stuff but at least I’ll feel more confident with the computer program.
I am just loving work…
Here’s the thing…I’m loving home more too.
If you remember I haven’t had a job outside the home since 1988. I’ve always worked from home. To some people, this might sound wonderful…and there are some wonderful things about it. But there is a GIANT thing that people don’t always consider when they want to have their own business and work from home.
You are ALWAYS at work…especially me. I was always at work. I woke up at work and I went to bed at work. If you are working for a company, you have tasks with punch-in and punch-out times. If you’re working for yourself like I was…I never got away from work. I’d walk past something that needed to be done and rather than relaxing and having some free time, I did the task. I was always scrambling to get things set up for a video or trying to take pictures taken for a blog post…or designing a quilt. There was always something I had to be doing to keep all the balls juggling in the air.
Since I started working I kind of made a rule for myself. Anything I do after I get home on days that I work, has to be things for me that I want to do. I don’t have to write blog posts…I don’t have to finish something for a deadline. I can only do things that I want to do…and if I want to do nothing at all, that’s fine too.
Oh my. That has been life-changing for me. Home has been so much more relaxing and fun!! I really never experienced “free time” until now. I love it!!
I’m taking more time to make a nice supper. I’m taking more time with the dogs. I’m checking out my plants rather than just pouring some water on them. Life is at such a better pace.
Sadly that means there might be two blog posts every day but there will always be one and quite often two (whatever the mood and time allows)
I know some of you were really concerned when I said I was getting a job…No worries. It’s been the best thing. I hope things continue to go well and my health continues to allow me to work. At this point, I think I’d be sad if I couldn’t go to work.
Thanks to those who send good luck messages and notes. I appreciate your understanding that I had this need.