Life has been a bit of a whirlwind since September 2015.
In September 2015 I was working at a job I'd had for 9.5 years. A job about 25 minutes from my home that I was comfortable and happy in. I did feel a bit stagnant with the work, but overall I didn't have much to complain about.
Then in September 2015 I unexpectedly got a job offer for somewhere else. Somewhere in the Bay Area that was going to be a commute of about an hour and 10 minutes each way. It wasn't exactly a jump in my planned career goals, but I was intrigued by the people I was going to be working with and felt I'd be working for someone I could learn a lot from. I made my demands to this new potential employer, and they met every single one of them, including matching my level of vacation accrual at my current job and providing me up front with a bank of leave hours that would have taken years to accrue. Looking over the offer and talking to a few professional mentors, I made the decision that I couldn't pass up the offer. My philosophy was I could do anything for a year.
So in October 2015 I started at the new job. I was enjoying my work and was working with GREAT people. It was very rewarding.
Then in May 2016, another job opportunity came my way. This was less than 8 miles from my home. It was the jump in my career I had been working towards for so long. Again, I made my offer demands and my demands were met. So I jumped and started in June 2016. It's now May 2018 and I'm still there.
Let me tell you - this current job has been CRAZY. From June 2016 through January 2018 I have worked an INSANE amount of hours. I spent many months with many vacant positions on my team. After almost two years, I'm down to just one staff vacancy. I started to hit my groove in February 2018. I started to make different decisions about my time away from work that I'll talk about in another post. My busiest time of year is September through January, which is opposite of how it's been most of my career. I'm finally learning how to balance my time and all the moving pieces with my job. It is a very different workplace culture than I have ever worked in. The systems and processes are completely different than what I'm used to. It has been a lot to take in and navigate, but there's never been a dull moment. Every day and every week flies by faster than I can imagine possible. I have learned so much and still have so much to learn.
Funny thing about that job from October 2015 through May 2016 where they gave all the bank of leave hours - I never used a single one. I did make some lasting friendships with some fantastic people in the short time I was there, and I miss working with these individuals every day.
Funny thing about my current job that is less than 8 miles from my house and I don't even have to get on the freeway to get to - sometimes it takes me 45 minutes to get home.
All of the above is really why I stopped writing on here. I didn't have much to write about. I've only ridden my bike a handful of times since October 2015. I look forward to that changing. I look forward to my free time as I make different decisions between my work time and my personal time and feel like I finally have some freedom back to do so.