I've been feeling very "peaceful" this week. The weather has been just lovely, and I have a lot to look forward to. I am heading to Chicago this Saturday, to the Bead & Button Show next weekend, and we just booked a family vacation at The Homestead for this summer. Based upon all of this, you would have no idea that I just lost my job.
Let me explain.
Back in February, I posted about a twist in our career plans and not knowing the future of my job. What I did know at the time was that our department would be the first to go through a transition to a Global Service Center. That meant that all of our jobs would be assessed to determine what duties would stay local (Battle Creek), what would go Regional (a new office in Grand Rapids, an hour away), and what would go Global (India). All of the jobs would be re-written into new roles - roles in which we would have to apply and interview for if we wanted to stay at the company. And, obviously, less roles versus the amount of people competing for them.
For months, Jon and I wondered how we could make this work if I too had to commute an hour one way as he has currently been commuting 1.5 hours one way..... in the opposite direction from one another. No matter where we moved, the commute would be the same. I knew I would know my answer once I saw what the new jobs looked like.
The jobs posted last week. At the same time, I also was told when my last day of work would be (in November, before the baby is due) and what my severance package looked like. We reviewed all of the information carefully to make our final decision.
It is hard to walk away from 10 years at a company, where I worked really hard to be where I am at.
Senior Analyst. Go to person. Top performer.
It is going to be hard to watch and see who gets the role(s) I would have gone for, had I decided to go to Grand Rapids.
But, there is also such a wonderful feeling of knowing I can just walk away. No more stress. I can happily fulfill my last few months there and then focus on my new baby and family.
Would I still feel this way if I were not expecting such a miracle in my life? Would I have made the same decision? I don't know. All I can count on is that whatever is meant to be, will be. A lot can happen between now and November. And we will all end up where we are supposed to be.
Moulinette Soeurs Mabel Dress - Anthropologie
Free People Maxi Cardi - Nordstrom Rack
Restricted Diety Gladiator Sandals - TJ Maxx