Monday, September 21, 2015

It's been too long!

Dear Reader,

Hello again after far too long.

My original concept with this blog was to write about my explorations in photography, so I hope you'll excuse me if I take a broader view of "Playing With Light" for a while.  The term "Light" could mean many things. After all, the very medium in which we bloggers create is made of little dots of light. 

This doesn't mean I won't be sharing photos any more.  I actually have a few from a recent trip that I hope you'll like.  (More on that soon).

I've come to a point in my career where I'm taking stock and reevaluating my goals.  Five years ago, I made a conscious change from administrative support to technical support.  And although I've expanded my skill set to also include teaching, I still find myself wondering what it is I really want to do, or what direction I should take.  I feel like a recent college graduate on her first job search, and it's a strange feeling at my age.

So here I sit, wondering about too many possibilities, and taking the route I usually take in situations like this... I get a bunch of books and research the hell out of it!

The two standouts (so far) are below.

Thank you for reading!
~@~ G



Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking - by Susan Cain.  I'm loving this one right now, finding myself described in its pages.  In a world that values the extroverted person above the more cerebral or introverted personalities, the author describes ways that an introvert can learn how to silence their inner monologue of "I can't" and discover their strengths.  




What Color is Your Parachute? - by Richard Bolles.  This popular and well-written book gets a fresh update every year, and takes you through exercises to discover your transferable skills and the type of work environment you'd likely thrive in.  They even have a mobile app which is essentially an electronic version of their workbook.  


3 comments:

  1. Hey girl! good to see u here.... The first book looks interesting... Read the summary and I have to agree, the quiet ones are usually the ones absorbing what's surrounding them... I remember relatives telling me how reserve I was.. one said, that its the quiet ones u gotta watch out for... its the ones who don't say much, that have a lot to say when asked...
    so how's life? Have u left the Apple store?

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    1. Hi!! It's so nice to hear from you!

      Yes, it's the quiet ones you need to watch out for, since we're probably planning the next technical revolution or something similar. ;-P

      Life is good, if a bit confusing lately (hence the "wondering about my future" post). I'm still at Apple, for now, but with the distinct feeling I've grown all I can there.

      How about you? How's everything with you?

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  2. Hi Gillian:

    I've read both of these and think they are great!

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