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Finding the Answers

My friend started a new job this week and she had a rough first few days. She’s in a new environment with new people, new responsibilities, and new software to learn. Not to mention a new daily pattern and a new building to navigate. The first few days and weeks of a new job or new school are always hard, at least they are for me. I feel like an imposter, like I am pretending to know what I’m doing and where I’m going. Usually after the first day or two I relax and find myself saying something like, “You know what? I’m new. I have no idea but I’ll find out.”
 
I have no idea but I’ll find out.
 
I actually say that quite often in my job today, and I’ve been with my company for almost four years. I’m responsible for guiding clients on the use of our software and troubleshooting errors for them. We strategize and work on projects together, collaborating to come up with ways to use our systems that will be best for their employees. We have several systems and while I know a lot about them, questions often come up that I can’t immediately answer. Rather than pretend I know the answer, which I am terrible at, I just say, “I have no idea but I’ll find out.” Those are the magic words I utter just before I do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions of my own.
 
This weekend I’m going to Bloggy Con, my first blogger conference. I haven’t written on my blog in over a week. Am I a blogger? Do I have any business at a blogger conference? I feel like am imposter and I haven’t even left my house yet! I don’t know anyone else who is going, I don’t know if I’m going to like it, and I don’t even know if it will be a good fit for me at all. I guess I’ll find out right? Sometimes we have to go through an experience before we find our answers.
 
My parents drove to my house from Florida this week and stayed for a few days to escape Hurricane Irma. It was their first evacuation to my house and I’m going to guess it won’t be their last. Waiting for Irma’s arrival was stressful. It was clear she was going to do some damage but no one knew exactly where or how bad it was going to be. At one point the hurricane track put the eye of the storm making landfall almost exactly on top of my parent’s house. Fortunately, it moved east and their house was spared. They made it home today to assess the damage and found everything almost exactly the way they left it. (I know so many people were significantly affected by both Irma and Harvey. My heart goes out to them!) Waiting to find out the answer to the question, “Will my house still be standing in the morning?” was not easy.
 
Waiting for answers is never easy for me. Although, even when an answer isn’t the one I wanted, I am always relieved to have a definite answer and to know for sure. After this weekend I should have some of my questions about being a blogger and attending a blogger conference answered. I hope my friend learns her way around her new workplace and her new responsibilities. If you’re waiting for answers I hope you find them soon. And, of course, I hope your house is still standing.
 

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  1. Robin Kramer on September 15, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Hope you have a fabulous time at the blogging conference, Courtney. So glad that your parents’ house was spared!

    • Courtney A. Casto on September 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks Robin! It should be a fun weekend! And yes, I’m so glad my parent’s house was spared but I know so many others were not. Go away hurricanes!

  2. Erinn on September 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Hope you have an amazing time at the blogger conference! Of course you’re a blogger and have every right to be there 🙂
    Glad everything is okay with your parents – hurricanes scare me to death 🙁

    • Courtney A. Casto on September 15, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you Erinn! You’re right, I’m a blogger! Sometimes I feel like I just started yesterday but I’ve actually been blogging for awhile now. Time seems to go so fast sometimes. Hurricanes – and tornadoes – are kind of amazing but also absolutely terrifying!

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