Thursday, August 16, 2007

Happy Anniversary to me

Today is my eight-year anniversary of working at my company. It's been an amazing, rewarding eight years. I remember my interview and first days at my job. I remember setting my goal of becoming an editor, and the moment I achieved my goal. I remember my first acquisition, my last acquisition (yesterday!), my first office, my first time interviewing for an intern, for an assistant, my first agent lunch, my first auction book, my first performance review.

I can't say I've loved every second of it, but I can say that I'm extremely happy with where I am, am constantly challenged and inspired, and I still absolutely love my job. None of my firsts feel that long ago, so it's hard to believe it's been eight years. I remember when I first started and heard that some of the other assistants had been there two years; it seemed like an incredibly long time to me. But as well as things have been going, I would be extremely happy to be at my company for another eight years. I know I'm always rah rah rah when I talk about my job (even when I'm talking about the things I hate), but for me, an anniversary is an opportunity to look back and where I came from and where I am now, and I am happy.

13 comments:

debbi michiko florence said...

Happy anniversary!!! :)
debbi

Lisa S. said...

Yay, happy anniversary to you! Hope you're going out to lunch to celebrate. :)

yamster said...

Woo-hoo! Yay Alvina!

Anonymous said...

I think new shoes is what you buy yourself for an eight year job anniversary.

Ladies, am I right?

Coll : )

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! having a job you love is definitely worthy of celebration! and for eight years! so go eat candy and stuff! yay!

Anonymous said...

from your humble days at barnes and nobles to big wig editor at a publishing firm! big congrats and go treat yourself! btw, i just ran around the lake this morning for the first time :) -grace

alvina said...

Thanks, everyone! My official anniversary was Thursday, August 16, and it wasn't until the afternoon that I even remembered. But I do think a celebration is in order...shoes sound like a great idea!

Mermaid Tales said...

T.S. is right, you do have a fun blog. Happy Anniversary!

Libby Koponen said...

Eight years, still happy, and knowing it, celebrating it, congratulations! It IS hard to believe it's been eight years; and that we've known each other for seven. It doesn't seem that long ago to me, either. Anyway, congratulations!

Disco Mermaids said...

Happy Belated Anniversary!

But you raise an intriguing question...what's discussed in a performance review for an editor?

- Jay

Julie Anne Peters said...

Alvina,

Props for your perseverance and passion for your job. I remember the day I was in the office and you'd recently been promoted to editor. You had this starry look in your eyes and you said, "I'm an editor. It's all I ever wanted to be." At the time, I thought, Fantastic. But I had a few ideas for more ambitious goals. Maybe now's the time to share:

Senior Editor
Queen of the Editors
Senior Queen Editorial Manager Esq.
Boss of the World

Anyone would be lucky to have you as their editor.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! An accomplishment to celebrate. And I just read you're going to be in Big Sur this
year. It's so magical there.

topangamaria

Tockla said...

Congrats Alvina. I think any author/illustrator would be lucky to work with you!
Laura