So I recently left the job I have had for 8+ years! It was a tough decision, of course, but ultimately there were many factors leading up to this change. Things like departing bosses, departing long-time coworkers (friends) and just some general stagnation. Honestly, after that many years it was time to at least make a decent effort to see what is available.
I looked for about a month. I applied to a handful of places. A number of companies and recruiters found me. Finally an opportunity came along with a handful of intriguing changes. Higher compensation. Broader and increased benefits (bonus program, health reimbursement, cheaper 401k options, tuition reimbursement, etc.) And finally a chance to change industry and expand my experience. The only downside might be a longer commute. But honestly I enjoy driving back roads. (Of course now it has me thinking about a more fuel efficient vehicle… used Prius C perhaps?)
After a some phone screenings and on-site interviews I knew the move was about to happen. Honestly it happened much faster than I anticipated. At the start of the year, I had made a few financial changes in preparation for a possible job change. I front loaded my 401k in case the new place didn’t offer immediate enrollment. (This came to bite me back as now I might miss out on some improved 401k matching. But at the onset the decision was the right move in terms of risk.) I also made sure to use every benefit I could, loading up on appointments, surgery and networking opportunities. Unfortunately, I was unable to front load my HSA.
Where am I now?
Day 4 of my micro-retirement. I accepted a later start date to get 2 weeks off. And with vacation payout it will almost be like I never stopped working.
So far the days have been slow and I guess full of decompression. I have seen a lot of my family. Been to a few events and overall just taken it slow. But now is the time to get some housing projects done! Instead today I went for a long walk in the woods with the dog. Soooo quiet in the middle of the week. Normally you’d see someone every few hundred yards. We saw one other person!
This weekend coming up will be a true vacation as we head out of state and to the coast for five days. Hiking, eating tasty vegan treats and relaxing. I have some special beers I will be bringing along for the trip (Great Divide!) This trip will mean I once again miss out on Sunday Shorts posts. That is three in a row! D’oh!
Hopefully once everything gets settled into the new job I will get in a routine again. I feel torn all over the place the last month and unable to create time for writing anything down. So there we go… thought blast. :p