A little backstory: I took a part-time job at a law firm to help pay the bills while I built up clientele for classes. I'll be real here; things were going well there for a time, but I soon found myself being lazy at the job. The responsibilities were nothing that would save the world - file this, clean up that, drop off x delivery at destination y, order these items for that event - so I wasn't too serious about it from Day One, and it really started to show during the past month or so.
My supervisor, Maggie*, works at a fast pace, and - by her own admission - is a bit OCD; however, I knew I can always approach her and she would answer any of my questions to the best of her ability.
On the other hand, Maggie's supervisor, Yoko**, is a bit harder to get a read on. Her mood would change at the drop of a hat; one minute she'd be in a great mood and joke around with you; the next minute she would be so riled up, it seemed she would end up like this:
The moral of the story? I held onto the job a bit too long; I'm totally to blame here, as I found out too late that I wanted to focus on what I really love to do. My obligations at the law firm were a distant second... oh hell, it was dead last and I know it. With more clientele for classes - specifically my Beginner Class earlier in January - I should've known this would happen.
In Yoko's defense: I think that outside of work, she'd be fun to talk to and see at a party, dinner, or some other event. At work, though, the stresses of her job make her go into "Hulk Smash!" mode a bit too often. I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt because I've definitely been in that situation, as well. I'm hoping she can find work that will help give her a better outlook and perspective.
In any case, the law firm will find someone that's a better fit than I am; I wish them luck in the future. However, it's time for me to move forward and refocus.
*name changed to preserve anonymity.