Just Keep Swimming: A New Work Adventure Begins


Just Keep Swimming Dock Water Lake Ocean

I have to just keep swimming.

Today I was outside… in the real world.

OK, maybe that sounded a wee bit over dramatic.

Especially since I go out in the real world all the time.

And usually with two kids in tow. Which is no small feat.

However, this was entirely different.

I went to work. Like REAL WORK. Out of the home – work. In an actual office.

You see, I finished all of the courses for my Administrative Professional Bookkeeping diploma a couple weeks ago. The final part to actually receiving my diploma is to participate in and complete a practicum.

And that is what I am doing. I started my practicum TODAY.

I was nervous.I suffer from anxiety so that is a given. I worked myself up so much that I had an anxiety attack when we returned to the office after lunch. It was so embarrassing but my new boss and coworker were pretty good about it.

This is a whole new adventure for me. I haven’t worked out in the real world for five years. Five – very long stay at home most of the time – years. My home, my safe haven. Where the real world can’t touch me if I don’t want it to.

Previous to that I was a librarian at a high school. My former high school where I graduated. My school was like a second home to me. It gave me a lot of security where there wasn’t any to be found. I studied there for four years. And then I worked at the school for about 10 years in three different capacities (educational assistant, website designer/information technologist, and finally librarian).

Today was a big step out of my comfort zone!

I got to file and shred. I followed the current secretary all morning to see what she does on a regular basis. I learned about properties and taxes (OK, not a lot but a small bit). I read the job description binder.

It’s only the beginning.

I have to participate in this practicum for four weeks. The anxious part of me keeps thinking how long four weeks is. The new positive me is trying to think how fast these weeks are going to fly by with how much I will be doing and learning over such a short period of time.

I am hoping tomorrow and the rest of my days at the office go even more smoothly than today.

Keep swimming. Just keeping swimming.

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Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. AlwaysARedhead
    July 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Bravo to you for trying something out of your comfort zone!

  2. Jody @ Mommy Moment
    Jody @ Mommy MomentReply
    July 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    The more you go, the easier it will get. I use to be petrified to fly and now I travel on planes all the time. We can kick anxiety by doing the things we are afraid to do. Big Hugs girl, I’m proud of you!

  3. Michelle Bee
    Michelle BeeReply
    July 23, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    So proud of you!

  4. KidsOnAPlane
    July 24, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Baby steps! And you’re right.. if you just keep swimming it will get easier. Congrats!!

  5. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    July 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Thank you for being here to support me through it! I appreciate it.

  6. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    July 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    You are so right. The more I have gone, it is a bit easier. We sure can kick anxiety to the curb! Thank you for being a great friend!

  7. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    July 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Thank you chickee! *hugs*

  8. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    July 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    I am really enjoying my time at the office. Thank you for being a great friend and support. :)

  9. paulaschuck
    August 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Congratulations! Big hugs brandy! You can do it! It takes a lot of courage and you are a very courageous woman.

  10. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    August 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Thank you so much Paula! It is great having you in my corner cheering me on!

  11. October 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    […] is exactly what I did. I overcame my fear and had a wonderful experience during my four week practicum. Did I mistakes? Yes. Did I have an anxiety attack on my first day? Yes. Did I embarrass myself? […]

  12. Rebecca
    October 28, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    That’s huge! Baby steps works well. Congrats!!

    • Brandy
      October 29, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      Thank you Rebecca! It was difficult at first but I sure enjoyed my four weeks during my practicum last summer (2013).

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