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career move…

since it is now official and i have informed all the necessary parties, i am at liberty to share this spicy tidbit i’ve been wanting to post about for some time… you see, my life over the past couple months has centered almost exclusively on my career, and it’s been hard to post at all because i have been that focused on my professional life.

so, what changed that now permits discussion of such matters? well, i turned in my 2 weeks notice today.

i didn’t intend on changing jobs so soon (been at current company ~6 mos), but many factors contributed to my decision to pursue another position… something more aligned with my career goals, yadda yadda. (yes, there is reason behind my deliberate vagueness, as i shall soon address).

ok folks. here it is. the grand declaration. you ready? christ, just get on with it, lauren. what’s the freaking what? alright, alright. i have accepted an offer from Oracle Corp. for the position of Software Engineer II. onward i go… to the “world’s second largest independent software company.” it shall be quite a shift going from a company of roughly 30 employees to one with nearly 50,000. it’s most certainly an exciting venture on the road of my life…

however, i shall not share the intimate details related to this choice or other matters of my career, as i prefer to avoid detailed discussion of work on a personal blog. i don’t necessarily draw a definitive line between my professional and personal life, but i do have my boundaries. alas, we have now reached one such stop on the venture through laurensworld. how’s the scenery? pretty nondescript, eh? well, if you are left with the aching desire for more detail… or, hell, just burned by the simple curiosity aroused by such evasiveness, feel free to email me. perhaps then we can delve further into this new development. i am all too wary of publishing information related to my profession on the web… even the slightest detail could be misconstrued, and i shall not have my career sullied by some passing comment posted to a blog or other such forum.

ok. all that being said, i am very stoked at this new turn in my path. i am starting to see a career ahead of me versus just a series of jobs that occupy my days and provide for my livelihood. it’s yet another eerie step towards the future, and i am carefully seeking to approach each milestone with careful consideration and clearer thoughts of the bigger picture. it’s liberating yet terrifying. i do not wish to lose myself and all i believe in, yet i crave success… but this success i seek to establish, build, and nurture on my own terms.

Soliciting…

Anyone or any company seeking a badass, driven, intelligent, skilled software developer in the Metro Atlanta area? Because I am most certain that I have the perfect candidate… and perhaps candidates… for a position willing to challenge this(these) person(s). Send all and any information to lauren(at)laurensworld(dot)com. (sorry, gotta avoid that spam…)

Life is Good

Ah, yes. I’ve been waiting a long goddamned time to be able to use that title for one of my blogs. Well, it’s not like I’ve been sitting around saying, “Sooner or later, I’ll get to title a blog entry with ‘Life is Good,'” but it’s more the sentiment of waiting for the wheel of karma to come back around to a more positive light. Or something like that.

So, what’s the big deal, you ask? What the hell could be so friggin’ different as to make your life SO much better now than it was in the recent past? Well, I’ll tell you. Just about everything can change, man. And it’s as the Chinese proverb goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If I’m gonna play the analogy game, then, what, per se, was my “single step,” dear reader? Ah, yes… I could be so cliché as to discuss how the single step was more of a gigantic leap, thereby stealing more quotes from those much wiser than a lowly drug fiend as I, but I’m not gonna do it. Anyhow, I digress. The step was changing jobs. I actually didn’t comprehend how terrifying making that change would be. It hit me the weekend after my first week at the new job, and it’s not because my first week was bad, no, on the contrary, it was fantastic. It’s just that the mind numbing fear of leaving the familiar for the unknown crept up on me and smacked me across the head in a jolt so fierce that I just about lost it.

Life’s a funny thing. It will catch up with you, no matter what. However, it was a good thing, for I had a stunning revelation and am much the better, albeit none the wiser, for it. But I’ll get into all that at some other juncture. Suffice it to say, I took a chance, made a change, and started a job at a new company. I am very pleased with the change in my work life. I work hard, but the benefits are endless. I am much more challenged by my work, and I am given significantly more freedom in my decision-making than I was at my previous job. It was quite a shock to my system– writing code my second week of work– and not even remembering how to start a new .cpp file because I simply had not done it in SO long. Yeah. So, I’m sure that only makes sense to my fellow programmers, but the idea is that, essentially, I was always working in old things before. Now I have a chance to create new things. And, if I see that some old way of doing things completely and utterly sucks, I can change it. So I suppose it’s a bit less junior than my last job, and with that comes added responsibility and complexity. But oh how I love it.

Busy, Happy Bee

Well, as you can tell by the lack of updates, I’ve been very busy lately. I started my new job 2 weeks ago, and I am very happy with it. I’ve been working hard, so I’ve been really tired at night. I had a very profound revelation last week, and I’ve found my faith again. I also had a chance encounter with someone from my past… I feel so very blessed to have run into him again. I only hope that I don’t mess things up this time. He’s the real deal.

Well, I have lots to do to prepare for this week. I just wanted to update my readers– let you know that I am doing very well, and I feel like things are finally turning around for me… I’m finally finding my way after being lost for quite some time. Best wishes, and I hope to have time this week to explain a bit more about all the good things happening in my life.

Meet Lauren, Software Developer/Mac Specialist

Word came today… I got the part-time job at the Apple Store. I’m now a Mac Specialist. I go in this evening to fill out the paperwork. I’m stoked!

I’ve been introducing cardio, too, this week. Starting out on the treadmill. My initial goal is to get to where I can jog 3 miles.

What does this mean? Well it means that I’m meeting the goals I laid out for myself, which results in a great feeling of accomplishment. Not only am I going to be able to pay off my credit card debt sooner, but I’m actually stoked about the second job I’ve gotten so that I can achieve this. And the working out is something that I’ve wanted to do for some time, but first I had to get the sleeping thing squared away. This is the initial phase of my workout plan– my “getting started” phase. I’ve done 2 miles and 2.5 miles the past couple days, but I’ve been doing a fast-paced walk. I want to maintain the treadmill part of my workout for at least a week, and then I’d like to also introduce Pilates and Yoga, which I can alternate. The words of Penny Lane come to mind “It’s all happening!” Only I’m not referring to anything regarding sex with rock stars. But I’m just as stoked about it!

The quote that really sticks with me right now is the Chinese proverb… “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I’m certainly glad I managed to take that first step.