Hey there hi there! Its been a bit!
The last 3-4 weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster, and it turns out that it was for VERY good reason!
I have a new job! Well, I have accepted the offer for the new job, and my first day is Monday November 1! I’ve known that part of the restlessness I was feeling was because I’m in a job that, while I’m happy there, doesn’t have any room to grow or move or develop. The job that I have is the job that I’ll have as long as I work there, until someone retires and then maybe I could take on their job too while still doing all the stuff I do now.
Before I go on, I want to say that anything I say has NOTHING to do with the people I work with. I have already cried many times just thinking about not seeing their faces everyday, and laughing at all the silly things that happen. Its going to be really hard. The last 3.5 years has given me this family. Sure, every job has its frustrations, and this is the first experience I’ve had with a small family business – and that’s coming from a huge company like Apple! It has been an adjustment, and sure there are still times when I wish there was more like larger corporations, but that’s part of a small business that’s made up mostly of family. They don’t have to make all the policies and procedures, hr handbook, write ups, etc. Things just happen every day and life goes on. Sometimes this is nice, and sometimes I need more than that. Right now, I need more.
Starting November 1, 2021, I will be the Training Operations Manager at Sherpa CRM. Eek! I still have a lot to learn about the role and the company, but after the 4 rounds of interviews in 3 weeks I feel so connected to the people, the company, and its purpose. As far as I understand so far, Sherpa’s purpose is to not only train their customers (assisted living and nursing homes) to keep their rooms filled, but also trains them on how to help with the life change. To build that relationship with real people going through a huge change and potentially traumatic experience.
My job will be to make sure the training team has everything they need to do their jobs! This is basically what I’ve done the last 10 years in different positions at different companies. I love helping people, and I love helping people help people. Whatever I can do to help – I’m there! There is a lot to learn, and I know very little right now, but I’m completely ready to take that deep breath and dive in. I’ve taken the leap! The leap I’ve been looking for, but was too afraid to actually look for it.
And the thing is – I didn’t look for it! It found me. The person currently in the role is a friend of mine, who’s husband I worked with back in the day at Apple. She is a customer at the print shop, so we interact a lot 🙂 She had a couple questions, and asked for resumes, because she’s moving to a different role and they were looking for her replacement in a bit of a hurry. So, I sent her my info! A few days later I had a phone meeting, then a zoom meeting, then another zoom meeting the next week, and then another zoom meeting the next week! And then the next day I got the offer!
It is going to be a lot more work, and a challenge, but a much welcome challenge! I’ve been on autopilot for a while now, and switching it up is going to be AMAZING!
There are perks, which are really appealing as well! For the time being, its a work from home job! From what I gather, once I’m full on in the role there will be a few scheduled zoom meetings throughout the week, and then getting my work done. There is talk about the office opening up again in the next few months, but even then there may be flexibility with where I can work. And even if I am in the office – THERE’S A ROCK CLIMBING WALL IN THE OFFICE! What?! Another huge perk, to me, is “flexible PTO” aka you don’t get just 10 days off each year. This doesn’t mean that I can take off for months at a time and hit the road like I would LOVE to, but I can take up to 3 weeks off at a time – pending approval. But I’ve also been told by more than one person that there are times with they have to force people to take time off! I suppose that’s what happens when you’re passionate about what you do, and just want to do it all the time! I kind of hope that I have this “problem,” but it is exciting to know that I can adventure and see the places and have the experiences that I want without the restrictions of only getting so many days to do it in. I can live life more on my own terms, and all of this while starting this new professional adventure!
Its all good things! All amazing things. I’m excited and nervous and sad and happy and so many things! I’m still processing, and still going through all the emotions. I have 9 days left of work at The Done Dept/Rotolite, and I can already tell that its hard to keep focused throughout the day. My mind wanders.
Another thing I’m looking forward to is the tweaking of my morning routine, and my eating habits! I won’t have to deal with a commute to work, so I can sleep a little bit more. I may not have to get up before dawn to get my workout in so that I can wash my hair and not have mop head when I get to work. I can take my time a bit more, and maybe even get a workout in before lunch or in the afternoon! Who knows! One BIG thing, though, is going to be movement. Now I’m up and down and moving boxes and going in and out and in and out of the building and I get my 10k steps in each day easily. I want to keep up the 10k goal, which will likely mean a walk around Forest Park or the neighborhood. Doesn’t sound too bad to me 🙂
I will also be making decently more money. There’s a frustration and stress around not making my full salary for the last year and a half, and even if I was making my full salary, now this new job will help to shed a lot of that stress. This also means I will be able to buy the fresh foods and gluten free things I want and need to get my body back to where I want it to be! In these last few weeks my emotional eating and cortisol levels have been at an ALL TIME HIGH and its all gathering in my tummy area. Seriously. My jeans don’t fit me right now. I’m all yoga pants all the time. Its uncomfortable and makes me feel disconnected from my body, but I love that I’m in a place where I understand what’s going on with my body, and I’m ok with it. I’m giving myself the grace and care and love to be ok with how I look right now, but I am ready to get back on track, and spend the rest of my life in a healthy body. Will that happen consistently forever? No. But, that’s the goal. Its a good goal.
Now that I have started this process, taken the first big leap, and am on a whole new path, I would like to get back to this space. Its been a month, but a productive month. A needed month. I’m here, and ready to spread my Roaming With Purpose wings, and continue learning about my dharma – my soul’s purpose, and living the life I’m meant to be living.
Deep breaths – let’s do this!
Side note – with this whole new chapter to life starting, I don’t think I can complete the 52 Hike Challenge… This makes me super sad, but I’’m also ok with it. I do want to get outside more, and now that its cooling off and my kind of hiking weather, I’m ready for it! I do have a book that’s all about Missouri state parks and historic sites – maybe 2022 will be the year for me and Denny to work through the book! 🙂 And there’s the camper to work on! I have a scaled layout of the camper, and we’re going to start playing around with what we want it to look like. And again, having more mental space and clarity will help to move these things forward. You know, things being life and happiness and growth.