Tuesday, October 2, 2012

N is for New Job

I'm so excited that I had to take the letter 'N' from the 'ABCs of Vintage Sewing' series to share news about my new job!  Well, it's not really a new job but rather a promotion within my existing place of employment.

Many of you may already know that I am a researcher by day.  I'm really lucky to have a job that I really enjoy and a subject area that is my passion.  I research child maltreatment, violence in adolescence and violence against women. Phew! While that may sound like a hard way to spend each day, I absolutely love it.  I love it because there are some amazing people working in this field;  people that inspire me.  I love it because there are some incredibly hopeful things happening across the globe.  I love it because I feel like my small contribution can make a difference.  If at the end of my career I can feel like what I've done has made a small difference to ensuring that even just one child or young person has experienced the love and care they deserve, then I know I will have achieved my goals.


So what will I be doing now?  Well, I've embarked on the first important step for early career researchers...I've now got a Lectureship post (for those in the States that's equivalent to an Assistant Professor position). Eeeps.  So excited!


To celebrate, David and I enjoyed one of the few sunny days in Edinburgh and took a stroll through Prince's Street Gardens and had dinner and champagne at one of our favourite restaurants.



Oh, and I might have treated myself to a new Ness jacket (worn with my me-made Betty blouse and my 1941 trousers):

And of course, the matching purse! :)

Thanks so much for all your well wishes on my Facebook page! It means so much to me!  And wish me luck in this new position!

85 comments:

  1. Congrats on the promotion, Debi! I´m so excited for you, and celebrating with a Ness jacket, dinner and champagne sounds just right! Good luck in with your new job! :-)

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  2. Congratulations!  I'm so happy for you and a new piece is always a good way to celebrate!

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS and loads of luck!  I am sure you will have fun with this :)  And a wonderful celebration to boot!

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  4. Congratulations!!!! That is fantastic. I didn't know that you are a researcher/professor. It's wonderful to be in a profession that you love and where you feel you are making a positive impact. 

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  5. Congratulations Debi! Great news about your new job.

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  6. Eep indeed! A big big congrats!

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS! I'm heading down the academic path myself so that you are truly an inspiration!

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  8. Congratulations on the promotion! Loving your occupation is a wonderful thing, and your work is very important. Love the jacket and bag! 

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  9. You have so useful job! Congratulations to you! 

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  10. That's wonderful! Congratulations and good luck!!!

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  11. Congratulations on the promotion Debi - great news! Your pictures are lovely and it looks like you had a lovely day!

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  12. huge cheers coming at you from everyone in kalkatroona!  i so admire what you do... you are the most beautiful flower in that garden, inside and out.

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  13. Congratulations! I know you will be great in this new position.  You look lovely in your new jacket!

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  14. Congrats! Those gardens are spectacular!

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  15. Congratulations Debi!  Wow, I had no idea what your job was beyond the fact that you are a researcher.  Thank you for pouring your heart into research that is so needed.  You are making a difference!

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  16. asewingodyssey.blogspot.co.ukOctober 03, 2012 12:26 AM

    Many congratulations Debi, I'm over the moon for you! Your field certainly is a challenging and heartbreaking one, but I'm sure your attitude and hard work will make a difference! And what a beautiful part of the world you live in too!

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  17. How wonderful for you! Best of luck. And  by the way, you look great in pink!

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  18. Congratulations on your promotion!  I'm glad you and your husband were able to celebrate on such a lovely day, in a beautiful place.

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  19. Congratulations on the lectureship!  I've just missed out on one where I am, so I'm always pleased to hear that other early career researchers *do* get permanent posts - it keeps my hopes alive.

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  20. Congratulations!  That is wonderful news, it sounds like you work in a challenging field of study but it is great that you have wonderful people to work with, all the best in your new post.  

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  21. Congratulations, that's awesome! Right now I'm at the Safety 2012 conference here in Wellington, NZ and have been interested to see that though there have been some sessions on violence there has been very little on intentional child injury or maltreatment. I guess there are other more specific conferences perhaps and NZ is a long way from most places. I work on the injury data side of things and obtaining measures of the problem is very difficult here, though we all know it exists. Where do you work?

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  22. Huge congratulations debi!! Well done, it's clearly through your own hard work and dedication that you have achieved this exciting new challenge!! Enjoy :-)

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  23. That's wonderful news Debi and so well deserved - it's obvious you're really dedicated to your job. Congratulations, I'm thrilled for you. Xx

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  24. Congratulations! Wonderful work, and so necessary, still. Lovely photographs, as always. :-)

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  25. That is wonderful news, Debi! Congratulations!

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  26. Congratulations!!! Not sure how you find time to fit all that fantastic sewing in as well as what sounds such a busy life, but long may it continue :)

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  27. From a fellow (sewing) academic, who's recently subscribed to your blog, many congratulations!

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  28. Congratulations Debi! That's such wonderful news!

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  29. Congratulations on your new job!

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  30. MargueritedesignsOctober 03, 2012 11:57 AM

    Well done and all the best for the future!

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  31. Jennifer BernsteinOctober 03, 2012 1:18 PM

    Congratulations! It is always so exciting to progress within a career, especially when it is something that you are so passionate about. I wish you the best of luck.

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  32. Congratulations on your new job!
    -Emily

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  33. Congrats Debi, I'm so excited for you! I've been so busy I haven't had a
    chance to catch up with eac letter thus far, and I"m so glad I didn't
    miss this one! It sounds like a wonderful opportunity. :)

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  34. "N" also for Ness, and "nice" way to celebrate. PBS aired a 4-hour documentary based on Half the Sky, the past two nights. Sounds like much the same sort of work you are doing.

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  35. Somehow I am not surprised at all that this is your 'day job' - you seem like the type of amazing woman with a passion for making the world a better place. :) Congratulations!!!

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  36. Congratulations!!!  So nice to find someone who loves their job, and that it's such an important topic.  Beautiful photos, jacket and purse.  So grateful for all these lovelies, along with yourself!

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  37. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:29 PM

    Thanks so much! I feel incredibly grateful myself! I'm just over the moon!

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  38. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:30 PM

    Thanks so much, Wendy!

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  39. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:31 PM

    Ohhhh, I'll have to check out this documentary! Sounds good! And N is definitely for Ness. Having two stores in the vicinity is very tempting!

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  40. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:32 PM

    Thanks so much, Tasha!

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  41. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:32 PM

    Thanks, Emily! I am really excited about it!

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  42. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:33 PM

    Thanks so much, Jennifer! I really do love it!

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  43. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:34 PM

    Thanks so much!

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  44. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:34 PM

    Yippppeeee! I'm so excited!

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  45. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:35 PM

    Thanks Katie! I am incredibly excited!

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  46. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:36 PM

    Yay for sewing academics! Thanks so much!

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  47. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:39 PM

    I definitely have limited sewing time...but if I don't do it, I get antsy! I definitely need that creative space! Now if I could just stop drooling over vintage patterns online, I'd probably have more sewing time! Lol

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  48. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:40 PM

    Thanks KC!

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  49. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:41 PM

    Thanks Monique! It was such a lovely day when I took these photos... I just love that the are still flowers in Princes Street Gardens!

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  50. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:43 PM

    Thanks so much, Jane! I am very chuffed! Bummed I missed seeing you all in bath last month!

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  51. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:44 PM

    Thanks so much, Winnie! I was just telling Jane that I'm bummed I missed you all in Bath last month!

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  52. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:47 PM

    Ohhhh, I'll have to check out that conference. Do you come from a public health background? Email me at myhappysewingplace@googlemail.com as I'd love to hear more about what you do!

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  53. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:48 PM

    Thanks Graca! I am really lucky as I really enjoy the people I work with!

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  54. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:52 PM

    Thanks Lauren! I will definitely keep my fingers crossed for your search! Nice to know there are other sewing academics!

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  55. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:52 PM

    Thanks Shari!

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  56. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:53 PM

    Thanks, Corrine! I do love wearing pink! I always feel that it is somewhat unexpected but very cheery!

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  57. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:54 PM

    Thanks so much, Marie!

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  58. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:55 PM

    What a sweet comment! Thanks so much, Annabelle!

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  59. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:56 PM

    Thanks so much! I just adore these gardens, definitely one of my favourite places in Edinburgh.

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  60. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:56 PM

    Thanks, Deb!

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  61. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:57 PM

    Awwwww... Thanks Oona! Big hugs!

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  62. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:58 PM

    Thanks so much, Katy! The weather has been really lovely lately!

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  63. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:58 PM

    Thanks, Sveta!

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  64. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:59 PM

    Thanks, Abigail! I'm pretty excited about the promotion!

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  65. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 7:59 PM

    Thanks so much, Emma! Yay for sewing academics :-)

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  66. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 8:00 PM

    Thanks so much, Heidi!

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  67. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 8:01 PM

    Thanks Kerry! I'm really excited about it!

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  68. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 8:02 PM

    Thanks Trishaws! I'm over the moon about it!

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  69. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 8:03 PM

    Thanks so much, Rachel! I definitely want to have fun with it!

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  70. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 8:03 PM

    My thoughts exactly :-)

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  71. Debi_myhappysewingplaceOctober 03, 2012 8:04 PM

    Thanks so much, Solvi! We're both so excited!

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  72. There is so much to be done in the field of child protection and female safety and you are in there fighting for the cause.  I thought that you may have been a RN!  Congratulations on your promotion. Years of study and hard slog would have gone in to get where you are.  Well done!!  xo

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  73. Congratulations! Good luck in your new job.

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  74. Congratulations and best wishes on the new very worthwhile job.  Someone gave me a book by Alice Miller many years ago - it was a revelation to read.

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  75. Congratulations on your promotion. You also look so fabulous too.

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  76. Congratulations!!!!  Woohoo!!  I can't wait to see what's next for you.  Bravo!

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  77. Congratulations! 
    And that jacket is just gorgeous too!
    While I am here - I do always read your posts, but my PC rarely lets me comment.
    Today is my lucky day! :)

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  78. Congratulations, that's so exiting. I really hope it goes well for you. 

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  79. How wonderful!  Congrats.  I actually work for a university, although in an administrative role. But I understand what you mean about making a contribution through your career that leaves the world a little better than you found it. Best wishes!

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  80. Congrats Debi - that's so exciting! xx

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  81. Wow, congrats!  I'm so glad to hear that you work in such an important field-- keep up the good work!  What a great cause!

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  82. Congratulations!  Sorry I'm late to reading this post, I've been wading through my reader as neglected it for a while.  Hope it's going well for you!

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  83. Congratulations on the new position!! Your work sounds rewarding but very difficult!! I admire your strength and your ability to find the good in a hard job!

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  84. Many many congratulations on the new position!! I'm so excited for you because you definitely deserved this :)

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  85. Wow!   We've been chatting and I've been so behind in my blog reading I didn't know to congratulate you!  Well done, I'm so happy for you!!!

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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