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  • September 12th, 2008 | 3:44 PM
Friday Five - the employment edition

1 - Being let go from my day job really is a good thing. I have been unhappy there for a long time (years) and have felt underused and undervalued. Being out of that kind of an environment can only do good things for my health, mental and physical. To say nothing of no longer getting up at 5am!

2 - The worst thing about leaving the day job is that I will miss a handful of friends that I enjoyed seeing every day. We plan to do a monthly lunch. I hope we do. I am on a delayed departure in order to help them with the transition. My last day is 10/31. Since I only work 4 days a week that means I only have 28 working days left. Woohoo!

3 - There are all those changes that are to come that have necessitated a lot of budget crunching. How far will the severance package go? When will unemployment kick in and how much will I get? How much more expensive is it going to be to switch to my husband's health insurance (a lot - but at least it is an option.) In the end there is a certain confidence in seeing the numbers match up in a good way on the page. Money in the bank is no guarantee of anything but it does buy you a few choices. I've had an idea that I would be let go ever since the "merger" became a real deal. Much of what I do is already automated for the other company. So I crunched the numbers some more and put forth the idea that perhaps I didn't need to try and bring as much money into the household which would allow me to try and make what money I did need to make from freelancing/speaking/teaching, etc. And because I am lucky enough to be married to a wonderfully supportive husband, the answer was okay.

4 - Best things about working from home? No 5am alarm. No commute. No expensive gas. Comfy clothes only!

5 - Worst thing about working from home? Learning to be more disciplined. The adjustment that is inevitable between me and my husband since he works from home much of the time too!
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September 12th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Wow that's a big change, but it sounds like you have it all figured out. Way to go! And now you can write write write!

September 16th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Well figuring it out and then executing it are two different things. :-) We'll see. And hope.
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September 16th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Oh oh oh!!! You totally MADE MY DAY. Do you know that I can count on one hand (sigh) the number of KIDS that I have heard from that have read the book? Adults, yes but kids, no. Thank you for sharing this with me.
September 13th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I watched many folks in my dept. let go and kept hoping to be one of them. Didn't happen. But quitting in February was the best thing I've ever done (after having my daughter and getting published).

Prediction: you'll love it.
September 16th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's what it has been here. At least a dozen layoffs over the years and never me, until now. I do believe it is the best thing I could do.

It will be even better if we can figure out how to get the new dog to sleep past 5am. It will stink to be home and still have to get up early. :-)
September 13th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Congratulations for seeing the light past the big change. I hope hope hope it works out fabulously for you; the mental and physical health issues alone sound most encouraging. (and those are the things it comes down to)
September 16th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's what I want and need most of all, the physical and mental changes.
September 13th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Spouse retired about three years ago, necessitating us living even more frugally than before, but we're making it. It's amazing just how much a person can live without and still be happy. More thought goes into what we buy and when, but we enjoy and appreciate it more because of that. Jumping out of the rat race with lower expectations really is a life saver. Best of luck to you!
September 16th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, I just want to spend this second half of my life happy. Easy living, less stress, more love and laughter.
September 13th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
As difficult as this will be, I sense it is one of those turns in life that turn out to blossom into unexpected joy. More time to write, more time to relax and maybe more opportunities to fulfill any dreams you harbor.

Congratulations on this new adventure.

September 16th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Linda Joy. I think it is going to be a wonderful adventure and I can't wait to get started.
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September 16th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah for turning things to our own good. The stress and the unhappiness from here is doing horrible things to me. I can't wait to live a life more in alignment with myself.
September 13th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
I wish you happiness and health and harmony in your new season of Harvest.

September 16th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
September 13th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that, but if it's any comfort, I once lost a job I loved, and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise (Got fired halfway through my maternity leave and decided to write a book!). I once had a job like yours, where I felt underused and I could not get fired. I'm sure it will all work out.
September 16th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I think it is all going to be good. I just wish I was already gone. It is hard to wait. :-)
September 13th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Best of luck with the transition, Susan. :)
September 16th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It is an exciting time.
September 13th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
#1 and 2 I totally dig. I do miss my friends at my old job. But I didn't realize how much I hate the job itself till I didn't have to haul my butt in there every day.
September 16th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the friends are the hard part. One I know I will see because I already see away from here. There are a couple of others that I hope I will be able to keep up with but things change.

And honestly, to be out of engineering and tech, what a relief that will be!
September 16th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
I would think that kind of job would STIFLE your creativity.
September 16th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
It does! I used to be able to go to work early (get up at 5 and go home at 3) and come home and write but for the last 3 years or so the stress has been so much that I just can't do it.

I hope I CAN write when I'm home. What if I can't? Yikes! :-)
September 16th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
You WILL!!!! I command you!
September 16th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Promise to nag me, okay?
September 16th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Ohh, yeahhhh! ;)
September 14th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Congrats on moving on to your new adventures with dignity and style! Very inspiring!
September 16th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Let's hope I can keep it up. :-)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

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