“Dude where have you been, are you OK?”
That is the full email I received from a long time colleague of mine who had not heard from me much this summer. And not seeing the blog updated had him concerned.
It has been a very busy and intense summer on a personal and professional level.
I made a statement to my mom a year ago when my grandma passed away that I had been very fortunate that no one close to me had any health or medical issues or been in any accidents. All of my friends, their spouses and kids were doing well.
Dumbest thing I ever said.
In this past year and particularly this summer I have had six close friends and family have some sort of significant medical issue. So far all are still with us but it has been a lot to handle. I know at 37 I am getting to the age when such things happen but all of it at one time has been a bit much to handle.
The work part of my life has been intense too with a lot going on at the same time. Top on to that a few projects going at the same time (some work related and some not) and there has been a lot to juggle.
I think my biggest problem is that the personal and work things have been driving versus me driving them. I am not much of control person but like most I do feel a lot better when I have sense of control over what is going on and when.
Fortunately one of the things I have been working on has kicked off the past few days and is going well. The recruiting unconference in July was a huge success and one of the things to come out of it was the idea of creating a web site for ongoing professional networking to take place.
I will post in the next day regarding the site but if you promise not tell anybody (for the moment) I will say that the site has gone live. Minnesota Recruiters, www.minnesotarecrutiers.ning.com, is a password protected site where those in recruiter, sourcer, researcher, and HR roles can get together and share information, ask questions, and learn new recruiting techniques. It also facilitates our ability to get to know each other on professional and personal level.
It has only been a couple of days but so far the response has been really good.
Over the next two weeks I will be able to announce the other two projects I have been working on late at night when I have not been able to sleep.
I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and finishing 2007 strong. For those who I have not responded to the past few weeks I really am sorry and will be in touch with you soon.