On the 13th, I will have completed one month at my new job. I love it. The people are great and I could not have picked a job so well-suited for me.
However, it means things are different with my blogging and advocacy work. Because I work four 10-hour days (10-1/2 hrs including lunch), when I get home, I am entirely spent. I’ve tried to do blog posts when I get home. I give up. I can’t. At least I haven’t been able to yet while I’m still learning so much at my job.
At my job, not only am I immersed with cyber security around me (I love that I’m able to apply my schooling), but I’m also dealing with the government contractors, and so.many.acronyms. So, I’m being immersed in cyber lingo and government acronym lingo, and every available brain cell is dissecting sentences with unfamiliar terms and acronyms, and trying to make sense of it all. And . . . on top of that, I’m learning project management, the culture, the people, etc. It’s very exciting and fun. I love the challenge and the environment is great. But, yeah, no wonder I’m tired.
One thing that has been good about this job is that it has given me a break from trauma-related topics while I’m working. For the past 8 years (this month!), I have dealt with abuse-related topics seven days a week. Working gives a healthier balance and will likely prevent the compassion fatigue and emotional burnout I experienced last year. That was not fun, and I want to be mindful of where I am emotionally and be proactive in living in a healthy way.
I know I don’t have to share this stuff, but I’m an open book, and I like to share my journey and experiences because personal stories help people in their own journeys.
One interesting thing about my job is that cyber security professionals are always on the lookout for vulnerabilities. In both my workplace and in my blogging/advocacy work, I am looking for vulnerabilities and exposing the “bad guys” who exploit the vulnerable and cause harm.
Just as Kathi and I like to help protect people here on the blog and give safeguards in churches, my first official project at work has to do with passwords and making sure people are using robust, hack-proof passwords. The latest standards on passwords is that we should ditch what we’ve been taught before about shorter passwords and using special characters. It’s better to use passphrases, 16-64+ characters (no need for the special characters!). Think of a favorite phrase from a book or lyrics from a song. If it’s longer than 16 characters, it will be easier to remember (no more putting Post-It notes with your password beneath your keyboard).
Here’s a place to see how long it would take to hack your password. Check it out. It’s pretty interesting. How Long to Hack My Password.
So, anyway, thank you for bearing with me during this transition. I think things will be more settled in a few months, and I will be able to schedule my time better for more consistent posts.