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Sunday, April 10, 2011

The final countdown

I officially have 60 days left in my job.   I've said a lot of goodbyes and attended some blow out parties as many people are moving into new positions in locations all over the country.  I've cleared out my office and taken out most of my stuff.  I've gotten used to and am looking forward to the time I'm going to have at home.  I've made a lot of plans for working out and other projects to feed my soul - like painting, pottery, crafting, beach days, and some home improvement projects I want to get done.

I've even signed up for a 12 week boot camp on the oceanfront.  I signed up with a friend and we're committing to each other to get up reaallly early to go!  I'm actually looking forward to it.  I've been walking a lot and have a sore ankle and knee as a result of a little over use - nothing some ibuprofen won't fix!  I see it as a good sign that I'm sore and have a tiny over use injury  - it means I'm pushing myself!

I'm also doing well on the eating front.  I've lost 2 lbs and its all coming together and working like its supposed to.  I just need some new songs on my ipod!

I have my eyes on a few jobs - but have been hesitant to apply for them - bc I really want to enjoy a few months off.  That VP from the outsourcer I told you all about called me again last Thursday, said he had an 'interim' guy in place and wanted to circle back around to me.  I asked him this time about the salary range (it was just not appropriate on those first few meetings) and he offered to match my current salary. oy-vey!  It definitely makes turning him down MUCH harder - who turns down that kind of pay in this economy for 10 weeks off in the summer???  

I keep trying to figure out if  God or the Universe is trying to open the opportunity up to tell me to take it OR am I supposed to see that even if I take time off -there IS going to be a job out there for me at the pay I want and that everything is going to be ok with me taking some months off just for me to do NOTHING and enjoy my home and my kids?  My current boss asked me again to move to Charlotte - again I'd have a job, well compensated - which is why I've had so many thoughts and concerns about turning down a job opportunity.  Am I crazy to not relocate and keep my job, am I crazy to turn down a job offer for the 2nd time?  What am I supposed to take from this?  Is someone trying to tell me to wake up and take the darn job?  My heart wants to take time off - my brain wants me to take the job.  I'm going to follow my heard and (try) not to look back!


  1. Sometimes the safe choice isn't always the best. Follow your heart and things have a way of working out.
    Now, if I could just follow that thinking myself :/

  2. I'm thinking if these opportunities are really great, you probably should not pass them up. But if you feel like they are not right, then time off would be good too! I guess having choices is a good thing, but difficult.

    Way to go on the 2 pounds! At this point every single ounce is a total victory! At least that's how I see it for me! ;)

  3. Awesome that you're losing!

    I agree with Gen-- if you'd love to have either of these jobs AFTER the 10 weeks, then maybe it's worth giving up the time off to make sure you have something you'd really love.

    If they just aren't quite right and you'd be settling to take either, then taking time off is great.

    I guess I'm just cautious in this economy. You hear of so many well educated, well-experienced people who can't find work for a very long time when they want it. It sounds like you have lots of interest-- so maybe that won't happen to you, but one of the factors of long-term unwanted unemployment that keeps getting mentioned is that the longer you are off the market (time since last job), the less marketable you are.

    I don't want to be a downer! Feel free to ignore me. But I know this is a major decision you're struggling with.

  4. I agree with Lyla. I'm not sure what you do so you are the judge of your industry and what is available. I know in mine there aren't many jobs and lots of people are out of work for over a year. If there are a lot of jobs then taking time off would be good. If there aren't, then maybe a second look??


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