Hello friends. Sorry for my absence. It's been a busy and eventful fall, but my energies seemed to fall just short of sharing in this format. The truth is that I've been having a bit of a dark night of the soul. I've been grappling with big life-direction decisions, trying to gauge timing, and also to determine what I really want at this point in my life. But as it happened, good timing and thoughtful planning went out the window and events exploded in my face.
I have quit my job. I'd been quietly laying some groundwork for eventual retirement for some time now. But some events at work brought everything into focus, making it crystal clear that now was the time to act. With a heavy heart, I turned in my resignation in late October and worked my last day this past week.
Family and friends have been very supportive--they've long known the issues my co-workers and I dealt with daily. And state-mandated changes of a negative financial nature (Remember, this IS Wisconsin after all, and I was one of those parasitic public employees) were coming down the pike. Those changes were my main reason for contemplating an exit in the first place.
Putting one foot in front of the other during those last ten days was stressful and uncomfortable. I'm feeling a bit bruised, but excited and eager to move forward from a challenging situation. Now is my chance to spend time on the things and people that matter to me most. Excellent timing for that--a brand new family member should arrive in a matter of days. Whoo hoo!
Healing is at the top of the agenda right now. But the main thing is:
Done. And free. At last.