Last week, I quit my job after seven years. Seven years may not seem like a long time to some, but its the longest I’ve ever worked somewhere. It’s actually more than twice as long as I’ve ever worked anywhere. It’s also the workplace where I’ve made the most, closest friends. Needless to say, leaving is bittersweet. I’m beyond excited about my new opportunity, where I will also be working with an old friend, but it’s still sad to be moving on.
Paul and I have been through so many life changes in the last few years, moving, adding new family members, a job change for him after 13 years at the same company. And now this. It seems like we are always in transition. And there’s no end in sight. So, I’m trying to embrace the change and trust that we will all adjust just fine to each one as it comes along.
Interestingly, to me at least, after having four children in the last five years, I find myself “leaning in” instead of out in terms of my career. I truly didn’t see it coming. The desire to make a career move that would mean that I will be marketing myself to clients, billing hours and traveling at least a little, which is more than I do now. It’s funny how I surprise myself in life. Ten years ago I would have laughed out loud if you told me that I would ever have FOUR children! Yet, I’m excited about this new job and hopefully having more long term control over my destiny career-wise. My new colleagues all seem very smart and highly motivated so I’m looking forward to working with and learning from them.
Sometimes life feels like a house of cards, one more card and the whole thing will collapse. Still, to be honest, it wasn’t a tough decision for me. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, I knew I wanted to pursue it. I want more out of all of those hours I spend working. While it may not be the right decision for everyone, it feels right for me.
I’m looking forward to this new chapter. And I believe it’d going to work out well for the whole family. So here’s to new beginnings!