Yesterday I turned in my keys and my employee badge and said goodbye to my co-workers. This is the other big life change I’ve been hinting at; I’ve left my full-time job. About three months ago we were told that the company where I’ve worked for the last 23 years had decided to implement some cost-cutting and downsizing measures, and would be offering buyout packages to a broad swath of senior (as in tenure, not age) employees. I consider myself very, very lucky…they could have just done layoffs instead as so many companies have in the last few years.
I’ve been working full-time almost constantly since I was 21 years old, and every position was a Monday-through-Friday-8-to-5 desk job (though as part of management, I’ve often been expected to deal with issues on weekends and evenings). This company was a good one to work for, and I liked the work itself and the people, but have been feeling a bit burned out and ready to move on to something else. I’m looking forward to having my schedule be my own, and to finally be able to spend my days on what I love most and what gets me up out of bed in the morning: writing this blog.
There’s so much more I’ve been wanting to do and talk about, and would like to begin covering more topics. Now that I’m not chained to a desk, 😉 I intend to get out and explore and cover a bit more of the local culture and goings-on. We have some travel planned for over the next few months, and I’m excited about being able to share more of those journeys. I’m determined to improve my photography skills. I want to get back into a healthier routine (to try to counteract all of these decades of desk-sitting!) including cooking more and improving my fitness.
It’s an exciting time, but I’ve also been experiencing some anxiety…between this and jeune homme moving to the group home, that’s a lot of major changes happening within a very short period. (BTW, our visit with jeune homme over the weekend went very well. He seems to be very comfortable there, was happy to see us but after the initial few minutes, didn’t expect us to take him back home. He was engaged with a video when we left, so didn’t seem at all disturbed when we said goodbye.) Still, I’m not looking back. The Universe seems to have aligned in this direction, and who am I to argue with The Universe? 🙂
Reinvention is a word I’ve heard and read often in the last few months, and it feels particularly relevant now. It seems to be a time of life for many of us where perhaps kids are grown, grandkids have entered the picture, career changes (voluntary or not) or retirement are imminent, and rather than slowing down we’re looking ahead and asking “what’s next?” It’s an exciting (and a little bit scary) time, but the good news is that we have some experience under our belts, we’re lived through some ups and downs, and often have more confidence and inner resources to marshal now than when we were younger. We’ve come to realize what a precious gift Time is, and are determined not to squander it.
Looking ahead, my goal is to work up to posting more frequently and regularly. I’d love to know what topics you’d like to see more of, and whether you’d be interested in any additional formats (videos or Blabs). I’m very excited about this next phase, and about continuing to build and improve une femme d’un certain âge!
(A note for those reading via email subscription: I apologize if you are receiving posts formatted without paragraph breaks. I’m still troubleshooting this issue with the email service and hope to have resolution soon.)