Today was my first day at Northwoods Software and I think it went very well.
The 15 minute commute was enjoyable. It provided a time to mentally shift gears and prepare for work, while enjoying El Ten Eleven tunes in the car.
Everyone was very welcoming, and I felt right at home in the culture, even though I was processing so much information. I know I'll eventually learn the new names, the way things work, and settle into a work groove.
With such a significant change of environment, culture, people and systems to adapt to, a little shock to the system is to be expected. I'm OK with that, because I know this is the way every new job is. It's a challenge, but I'll adapt. Just knowing this is normal, frees me to relax and enjoy the adaptation process.
I found it strange my first day to not being working from my home office. While I'm sure there will be times when it makes sense to work from home, shifting away from the comfort of my regular work environment was a big change.
My office is still very sparse, featuring only a desk, computer, dual screens and two chairs. However, I'm looking forward to adjusting the room orientation, adding furniture, artwork and applying paint to the former hospital room.
Northwoods has a DeLonghi Automatic espresso machine in the kitchen and I plan a daily visit to create creama-topped shots of espresso. Yum!
I'm excited about this new phase in my life. Having an opportunity to be challenged, to grow in new ways, and to share with others is what life is all about. :-)