I just got back from a run and thought about this post the entire time. Running helps clear my head; it’s where I solve my problems; it’s exercises me both mentally and physically.
This week marks the end of a chapter in my life. Next week I start a new job. I am excited, but I know this is going to be a big change, just like it was in 2014 when I started my current job…..
I committed the ultimate sin in public accounting in 2014 and left during busy season. I wanted to make public accounting work for my life. I loved the challenging environment, my coworkers, and the opportunities to work on a wide variety of things. But, I also loved life outside of work: DIY projects, free time, vacations, and not having to put my life on hold for “3” months of the year. After much soul searching I decided I would regret it if I looked back on my 20s and spent my life working crazy hours. You can’t get back your time. But it was a scary decision.
But I took that leap and started with a new company that provided a better work/life balance. It was exactly what I was looking for. I started this blog within 6 months of starting my new job. This blog is for ME, to share ideas, projects, to vent, and to be real with the world. Changing jobs allowed me more time to do so many projects at the house and have time to live a fuller life. I’ve also continued to learn at work with a company in a completely new industry, than one I’d worked on before. The past two plus years have been very fulfilling, but now I’m about to take another leap….
This new opportunity came up unexpectedly. I wasn’t searching for anything and had settled into the schedule for the rest of the year at my current position. But I guess it’s true what they say “When you aren’t looking for something that’s when it happens” (probably should apply that to other parts of my life, lol). Everything about this new opportunity fell into place. It just flowed with my life, goals, and where I’m at. Nothing felt forced. It wasn’t a decision I needed to make a pro/con list for and over analyze for days. When doors open like this, in life, I feel like the universe it trying to tell you something.
Like last time, the only thought that kept going through my mind was leaving work friends and having to start over in that area. There won’t be anyone at my new job that’s my age. I will be the youngest by at least 5 years. But if I’ve learned anything since I left public accounting it’s that “work” does not determine your “work friendships.” “Work” maybe where it all began, but the true friendships that are meant to be will always last. I believe that our journey brings people into our lives for a reason. I don’t believe in coincidence; nothing in life is random. I am so thankful my journey has taken me to where I am now and for all the people who have been apart of it thus far.
I am excited/nervous/and have lots of contradicting emotions all at once about this new chapter. I know it is going to be a challenge. I am going to learn a lot and it’s going to be a completely new experience that I will have to adapt to my life. But over time things will settle out. This is a just a new chapter in my journey, there’s no destination I’m trying to hurry up and get to. Here’s to taking a leap of faith into an unexpected open door. I know there’s a net down there somewhere if I happen to need it…….but at the same time: