Monday, October 19, 2009

First day fabulousness

I wore 4-inch heels on my first day of work and I surprisingly didn't regret it. It might have had something to do with my adrenaline pushing at full speed for most of the day, but I'm sure it helped that I was spending my entire day working in one of the most luxurious offices in Paris for the finest luxury goods company in the world. Without going into too much detail, I will say that I really lucked out with my job search, and I could not have dreamed up a better place to kick off my career in Paris - French-style.

I'm not going to lie - my new job (assisting a team in a financial capacity) is no walk in the park, but I'm so thrilled to be back in the saddle again, with looming deadlines and major responsibilities. From the moment I walked in the door, I felt the pressure of expectation that I had been so dearly missing and longing for these past several months. My colleagues put me straight to work...in French, bien sûr, leaving me no time to stop and ponder the subjunctive or consider synonyms for my overused adjectives. Like I said: no walk in the park. But, I surprisingly soaked it all up, understood every last preposition as if my life depended on it, and came to the conclusion that I'm really going to like my new job.

I've never been so happy to be so insanely busy in my life. It feels great to be challenged; to know that even though I'm good at something now, I'm probably going to be great at it soon. Really, the only time I felt remotely inadequate was when I took a tour of the floor and had to meet (read: make small-talk) with everyone else. I'm waiting (impatiently) for my professional communication skills to improve, but I'm proud to have already made it this far.

I've still got a long way to go, I know. For the moment, though, I'm ecstatic! And, after putting in a nearly 10-hour day, I came home to a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of the most delicious champagne I've ever tasted. Then, I was treated to a three-course meal at my favorite restaurant in Paris (and the same one that we dined at after our wedding). Gui definitely knows how to celebrate new beginnings!

I will say, though, that getting into a new routine that involves early evenings and even earlier mornings is not going to be so easy for me. I've been so used to going to bed and getting up at my own leisure, that waking up before it's daylight is not such an easy transition. So, I'm off to get some rest before another exciting and busy day commences. Tomorrow I'm looking forward to digging my feet into the pile of work that I've gotten myself into, but I think I'm going to give my heels a rest and maybe sport a pair of stylish flats instead.

13 comments:

Candy said...

OMG I just loved reading this!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you, seriously! (can you tell i am trying to score fab leather goods??!!) :) Here's to flats and your second day....hope it's all you dream it to be! Love you!!

PS did you get my note on FB that we got the goodies in the mail today?? SO cute!

lulu said...

I knew you would land an awesome job!!!! When people meet you, it is obvious to them that you kick arse. Congrats to the lovable, talented, and brilliant Sarah.

The Dodds family is proud of you.

Kalee said...

What an awesome job to have in Paris! Congrats on a successful first day!

Justin said...

Awesome! Sounds like an incredible, albeit busy first day. You French is going to improve exponentially from this point forward. Don't be afraid to just speak and not worry about it, they will understand you, and if you get stuck, ask questions. You can do it. I am so happy for you ... and I cannot wait until we can celebrate!

Ksam said...

SOOOO awesome! Especially since like Justin said, your French is going to advance by leaps and bounds in no time! Bring on the celebration!

Leah said...

Congrats, sounds like it will really be an awesome experience for you!!

My Inner French Girl said...

Bonjour! Wow, congratulations! That's so fantastic!

I actually just stumbled upon your blog and am so happy to meet not only a fellow Texan Francophile, but one who is actually in Paris. And with a great job, too. You can't imagine how incredibly envious I am. ;-)

Anyway, I can't wait to read more about your adventures in Paris. Good luck, and keep blogging!

Salut,
Marjorie

Nikita said...

sounds amazing! i am jealous!

Ashleigh said...

Congrats! Am loving your blog! So glad I found it.

Josephine said...

That's my gusto daughter! I am so very proud of you. I wish I could just give you a great big mama hug! Since that ain't happen'n, here's LOTS OF:

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

I am so very proud of you! They are lucky to have such a diverse and unique person working with them!

Love, Mom

Kalee said...

I've nominated you for a blog award at my home blog:

http://www.unemaisonchic.blogspot.com

The Big Finn said...

Congratulations! Enjoy the experience, and hopefully you can get yourself a discounted handbag!

Zhu said...

Congratulation on your job!

I know what you are feeling, I landed a really cool job in a very nice environment a month ago. Like you, I feel lucky, and like you, I love the perks, the location etc.

But yeah, the longer hours and the early morning...