I’m back into one of those phases where it feels like work’s swallowing up my whole life. And honestly, I don’t really mind it too much, except when I get home at the end of the day and don’t have enough brain power to do all that much besides watch TV and pester the cats.
I feel like I have a weird relationship with my job – weird in that I really, really, really love what I do, and honestly don’t see myself going anywhere else. I don’t know why it feels weird, liking my job as much as I do, but it does. I’ve got some friends who are stuck in jobs they hate, and others who are in jobs they’re okay with but aren’t perfect. And then there’s me, who once cranked out a training video at 8 pm on a weeknight, because a friend of mine who also happens to be a faculty member needed a video that would show his students how to use Kaltura CaptureSpace. And I had fun doing it.
Yes, I did work-type stuff, on a work night, for fun.
I feel like I should feel like a weirdo for that. But honestly? I enjoyed the heck out of it. It was a fun challenge, trying to get a video put together on a short deadline. And it turned out well enough that I got the OK to put IT Training branding on it and put it up with our other video training.
I like it when other departments reach out to me for help with projects, whether it’s to assist with some video editing or to lend my voice talent to an animation project. I like it when instructors I’ve taught special requests for ask for me specifically because I’ve done a good job for them in the past. I like when people come up to me at tabling events and say “Hey, you’re the HTML lady!” because they’ve gone through our Canvas courses.
I play around in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for fun. I ended up in the Information Science grad program back in 2012 because I wanted to learn more things that I could then teach here. I volunteer to help teach people things like Photoshop, or Illustrator, or Adobe Character Animator, because I enjoy it. I helped a friend with her HTML and CSS course a couple years ago because I enjoyed helping her troubleshoot code. I like helping people learn how to use technology. I always have.
My job is a huge part of my identity, much like my little green scooter and the fact that I’ve almost always got a yarn project on me.
Sometimes I worry that it’s too much a part of my identity, though, like being Beth from IT Training is all I am.
Is that a bad thing, though?