Morning Thoughts: The New Me

Good morning Dear Reader,

In a random turn of events, I am returning to my previous job at the hotel on a part-time basis.

Now, I’ll still be indulging in my other career pursuits but I’ve decided to take this on as well.

I’ll be honest, I’m nervous.

Not just of covid concerns but also because of navigating the workplace. Prior to covid, I was stretched so thin I couldn’t think straight some times. I was a leader, a trainer, and a person everyone could depend on. While I enjoy taking on that role, what was beginning to happen was a lot of liberties were being taken by my superiors.

The problem with big companies is when you show you’re capable, you will be taken advantage of. Even though I’ve said as much, and even my teammates would agree, management had a habit of invalidating my concerns. Asking me for specific examples and squashing those concerns with no real solution.

Now, I understand that is a part of business.

However, since I’ve had time to myself for the first time since I entered the workforce at the age of 17, I’ve had time to reflect on what is important to me. As well, I have grown since then.

In making my decision to return, I also made the decision that I refuse to be that person before. The type to be squandered.

Admittedly, standing up for myself is something that isn’t difficult for me but rather is something that exhausts a lot of emotional labor.

I hope I won’t have to exhaust too much of it.

Wish me luck.

Much love and warm regards,

Shannon M.

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