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Farewell 2014 – Say Hello to 2015!

What is it about growing older that just makes the years fly by?  I feel like just a few weeks ago, I wrote my 2013 Year in Review post, and now it is time (actually a bit overdue) for the 2014 post!  There’s no doubt I had good year, but of course, it wasn’t without its hardships.  In no particular order…

  1. Biz, my Quarter Horse gelding, had to have another tooth pulled this spring.  Fortunately, he had no complications.  He also celebrated his 27th birthday!
  2. Jon and I took an amazing roadtrip to the Southwest.  We visited six states, got to hike in some of the world’s most beautiful places, and learned about our country’s history.  Plus, we drank some good beer, checked out the stars, and topped it off with a family wedding.
  3. I finished my sixth half marathon, with several of my close friends.  It was a great weekend spent with good food, great wine, and fabulous company.  I love my friends!  It was my first half marathon with my husband too – I still consider it together even though he finished 90 minutes before I did.
  4. My uncle died in August, after a several year battle with colon cancer.  I was fortunate to be able to visit him before he died.
  5. Jon and I took a trip to Michigan in October to visit my grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins.  We also got the chance to visit the northern part of mainland Michigan and sample some great beer and wine, and hike at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Posts coming!
  6. Jon and I, with a lot of help from Jon’s dad, painted our huge deck.  It was an incredible amount of work, and many gallons of paint!  It also makes me wish that the previous owner had stained the deck originally, instead of painting it.  I’m glad it is done (for now)!
  7. After driving by many times on our way to and from Portland, Oregon, Jon and I finally visited Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.  It was so cool!
  8. It was a quiet year on the kitty front – everybody is healthy and happy.  Although Oliver is getting older, he is still well, Oscar continues to become more tame, and Coraline is a cheerful little pudge who loves tormenting her brothers.
  9. I have another new niece or nephew on the way!  He or she – it is going to be a surprise – will be joining the family in February 2015!
  10. I took the plunge and accepted a new job.  It is a promotion for me; I’ll be an HR Director!  I said goodbye to my old job and will be starting the new one next week.

I know I have said it before, but I do lead a blessed life.  I am married to a wonderful man, have a successful career, and fill my off time with travel.  I have family and friends who I love and treasure, and who love me in return.  I hope all of you have had a good year too, filled with more joy than sadness.  I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

Building a Life

There was something I was avoiding.  After spending a wonderful Christmas holiday with Jon and his family, I spent a quiet weekend at home while Jon worked.  I finished a book I’d been reading.  I watched a movie.  I worked on this blog.  I did a bunch of laundry.  Yet, there was still something I wasn’t doing.  Something I couldn’t bring myself to do.  Last Sunday, I finally steeled myself for the unpleasant task.

Cleaning and packing my office.  Normally this task brings nothing but joy.  A new job, new challenges, new opportunities.  After all, I applied for this new job, and interviewed, and got the offer that I wanted.  So what was holding me back?

My coworkers.  Really they are my employees, but supervising them is such a breeze, and we are such a cohesive team, that I can’t bring myself to call them my employees.  And therein lies the rub.  I have built a life there.  A life that includes such fantastic women that I am grieving its end.  Even though I know that leaving them will bring advancement in my career, and all those things that we work so hard for.  Challenges, rewards, less stress, more recognition.  Gaining those things means leaving them, and that makes me so tremendously sad…

And so I avoided those moments all weekend – until I couldn’t put it off anymore.  Organizing files and folders and trying your hardest to get everything neatly laid out for the person who will take your place.  Recycling all those papers that seemed so pressing at the time, but long ago lost their importance (word to the wise – some problems really do solve themselves if you procrastinate long enough).  Those memories pinned to the corkboard, making you laugh out loud at the inside jokes and memories created over the years.  Taking down the artwork from the walls, and wrapping it up to wait for your next office.

I try to remind myself that I will still be in town; that we can get together anytime.  But there is something to be said for spending 40+ hours a week with a group of women who bring you so much laughter and joy.  Coworkers turned friends, who make the day fly by, who have your back on your darkest days.  Friends.  The ones who will be the first by your side when you truly need it.  The ones who encouraged you to apply for that new job, and literally yelled at you to accept that offer, even though your leaving would make their lives harder, at least in the short term.

I feel truly blessed for the friendships I have been given.  Goodbyes are hard, so at least this one is simply “until next time.”

Today was my last day at my old job, and I will start the new one after the New Year.  A few days off to decompress will be much needed.   I’m sure I will make new friends, but I feel fortunate that I will keep the old.  Happy New Year!