It’s all worked out that my first day at my new job is on July 15th. I’ll work at AcronymCo until June 7th, and will then be on “vacation” until July 5th. We’ll be in Maine for our vacation from June 11th through the 22nd. Then it’s back to AZ to finish up the moving details. I’ll leave Arizona on July 8th and arrive in Maine on the 12th. The biggest question mark remaining is Bill’s job. He’s going to try to transfer with his current company, but we don’t yet have an answer on whether or not that’s possible. He’ll stay in Arizona until he has a job in Maine. However long that takes. The potential to be separated from one another for an unforeseeable length of time is what is causing me the most amount of anxiety about this whole thing.
It turns out that Amanda wants to rent the house from us, which removes a LOT of the work we were going to have to get done prior to my departure. She’s more than happy to take the house “as is” without the cosmetic improvements we’d need to perform in order to put it on the market. I think it also helps Bill’s anxiety (and mine, too) to know that we still have property in Arizona if everything goes to hell in a handbasket. Which it surely WON’T.
This October would mark the 20th anniversary of my move from Maine to Arizona. I’m excited, and petrified, in equal measures, to be moving back. Anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time knows how much I have wanted to move back to Maine, and for how long I’ve held that dream in my heart. Now it’s here. It’s surreal. It’s wonderful. It’s scary.
I’m leaving AcronymCo after nearly eighteen years of employment (nearly twenty if you count the time spent as a contractor). That’s going to be weird, in and of itself. I KNOW that place. I know everyone there (well, not EVERYONE, but hundreds of people with whom I’ve worked side by side for all of my career). I know all of the in’s and out’s of the company, how it works, what its problems are. I have a rhythm, and a reputation, and tenure. My time at AcronymCo has made the rest of my life possible – gaining the confidence to leave my ex, pursuing my education, meeting and marrying Bill, gaining a wonderful family and two fabulous kids, gifting me with a circle of excellent friends, establishing my home, giving me stability, and providing for all of the wonderful experiences I’ve had over the past two decades. I have nothing but good things to say about my time there, and I will miss many things about it. Not the least of which are all of the friends that I have made along the way.
I’m excited about this new opportunity, though. The discipline – Supply Chain Management – is the same. But the commodities are about as opposite as you can get, and it’s a step upward in my career. I’m going from the semiconductor industry to global food retailing. I’m going from being an individual contributor to a manager. There’s so much ahead of me to learn, and I’m raring to go. I’ve felt for a while now that my career was rather stagnant and I wanted to go in a new direction. That I’m being given this opportunity – no, that I’ve EARNED this opportunity – is a huge boost to my confidence. Back in 2011 I posted about how I wanted to go about achieving my dream. And damn if it didn’t work out almost according to that very plan, with a bit of the aforementioned cart before the horse thing.
We’ve still got a lot of unknowns – Bill’s job and long-term living arrangements being the primary issues. But we ARE smart and we ARE hard working. I’m beginning to believe that we can handle this.