After seven years, I am saying good-bye to my corporate job. Life is supposed to go a certain way right? Work for a paycheck. Buy the house with the white picketed fence and have the family (2.5 kids to be exact). Earn your retirement. Then, retire.
It just doesn’t happen that way anymore. We sure are seeing that in the job market recently. It hasn’t followed that path for me and my hubs which is perfectly OK.
In the last seven years, I gave birth to my son, I watched my sister pass away from cancer and had our baby girl. I also started blogging and wrote about it all. Lots of ups, downs, ins and outs. Life lessons galore, too.
I don’t have the answers as to why things happen the way that they do. I know my gut has become fine tuned since the fog lifted after my sister’s passing. So I listen.
About a year ago, I realized I had a few choices to make because I could see a lot of changes in my career coming.
I think just about all of us know someone who has been laid off. I’ve listened to friends and family talk about their layoffs and I completely empathize with people who have felt stuck because they need the job. I know that feeling and it stinks.
Before the job choice was made for me, I considered the following options:
- Update the resume at light speed and find another job.
- Wait it out and hope I don’t lose the job. Have I mentioned I am not the most patient person?
- Or take what I’ve learned, complete more training and carve out my own path beginning with that first step of leaving my job. YIKES!
Today is THE day. I am walking out of those doors and driving that mountain road commute one last time.
Months of preparation and soon I will be free.
I can’t wait to see what is coming next!
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