I thought I’d devote this week’s blog post to my first week of work. Particularly because I haven’t had a full-time job since 2015. And I’ve never worked as an employee for any level of government.

Read on to find out how it went…

I’m pleased to report my first week as a Finance Officer with the City of Ottawa went well. There’s another newbie who started the same day as me so I’m not alone. Together we met our respective supervisors who are both very nice women.

It was a little disorganized because our computer equipment was not ready to go. Apparently the person who normally takes care of it was unexpectedly not there anymore. So we spent a chunk of our time going from floor to floor tracking down our laptop, 2 monitors, a docking station, keyboard and headset. The last 3 items were not to be found but they have since been ordered and will arrive shortly.

Our supervisors gave us an overview of the city and got us set up with logins and passwords. They walked us through some of the systems and sites. Then we packed up and I was home by 1:00 pm. I set up my equipment in my home office as best I could and my first day was done. The rest of the week was spent reading policies and procedures, watching webinars, training with our supervisors, and attending a couple of group meetings. All online.

Working remotely…

It will definitely take some time to get used to all the acronyms, systems, sites, and processes and doing it all remotely. The next time I go into the office is April 22nd. My team goes in 1 day per month and we are working our way up to 2 days per month.

I’ve never worked remotely before. I may miss the camaraderie of being with co-workers in an office. We’ll see. But right now, I have the best home office co-worker.

My first week of work by Colleen Kanna, My dog Oliver asleep in his bed under my desk.

Best home co-worker

He’s very quiet except for some deep breathing and the odd sigh when sleeping (never snores though). And he’s very undemanding other than the occasional drink/bathroom break. He goes to the door and patiently waits for me to open it. And when he’s ready to come back, I hear the click click of his nails outside the door. Again, he patiently waits until I open it and then saunters in.

My work day…

I certainly can’t complain about my daily commute from my bedroom to my home office. When I do have to go in to the office office, it’s at Centrepointe and there is free employee parking. That commute will not be great during rush hour. Hunt Club gets really backed up. But, I found taking the Airport Parkway to Heron to Woodroffe is about 25 minutes.

My 7 hour work day has to fall within the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. I’ve chosen to work from 8 am to 3:30 pm with a 30 minute lunch break. I may start earlier in the summer so I can be done by 2:30 or 3:00 pm.

Is the recovering accountant recovered…

How do I feel about going back to accounting? I know some of you probably chuckled over that. Me too. I’m the recovering Chartered Accountant who has recovered enough to go back. And I’m totally ok with that. This position feels like a good way for me to ease into retirement.

After running my own business and doing everything for the last 9 years, it will be nice to focus on one job only. And it will be nice to shut down my computer and close the door at the end of the work day. Something that never happened as a small business owner.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m truly grateful I got to dream up, start up, run, and now close up COKANNA. It was a dream come true, and I’m so happy I got to do it. I wouldn’t take it back for a second. I learnt so many  things about running a fashion business, designing, manufacturing, and about myself. But most of all, I got to meet oodles of wonderful people along the way. Many of you have become good friends. Thank you.

Having faith…

I’m proud of myself and not for the reasons you may think. Not for finding a full-time job at the age of 63. And not for getting through my first week without crying once (inside joke in the COKANNA Coffee Shop Group on Facebook). If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the meme.

Meme of a baby with a determined face and the words,"Finished first week at new job, Didn't cry once".

No, I’m proud of myself for having the faith and trust in the universe that good things would come to me in good time. 5 years in fact. And having the patience to wait.

I started my post with the first day strut to work. And I’m ending my post with the end of the week veg on the couch. Working 5 days in a row is exhausting. And it was only 4 days!

Tabby cat with white belly and paws sitting up right and sprawled out on the couch.

End of week

P.S. Just a quick reminder that my Closing Down Sale is still on.

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Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.