I have news

Today is my last day at my current job.

Nearly six years later and it’s time for a change.

A much-needed change in my book.

I want to feel challenged and refreshed.

I want to shake up my “routine” and define my “new normal.”

So this is it.

I start the new job on January 3. Giving me just a few days to get used to the idea of an entirely new job, a new commute, new scenery, new EVERYTHING. And to celebrate, of course. 😉

Probably the biggest adjustment for me this time around?

(don’t laugh)

I won’t be working with my sister anymore.

I know, seems trivial in the grand scheme of things.

But after almost six years of working together, commuting together, IM’ing eachother throughout the day (from two offices away, no less). And THIS is a big change. Especially since she is also leaving the company we’ve both been with for 6 and 8 yrs respectively, for a job that will take her to California often (as in at least once per month if not more). That means big change for us as sisters. We’re going to have to redefine our own version of “normal” and I’m SURE that will mean we’ll enjoy eachother’s company that much more…because it’ll be a little bit harder to come by. *shiff*

So of course, now that I’m in the final days of my current job, it’s all now hitting me that huge change is around the corner. Not just change in the type of work I’ll be doing (similar to what I do now but in a much more focused role than my current job) or the environment I’ll be doing it in, but even the simplest of things – my day-to-day lifestyle will change.

My commute is much longer.

Which means I may need to reconsider my current workout routine/time of day. But time will tell on that one (phew).

I don’t know anyone at all yet in this new job at a company much larger than my current employer.

But that also means the potential for new friendships to bloom, never a bad thing in my book.

I have to prove myself – I’m the newbie, not the long-timer whose reputation preceeds her!

Which I’m sort of looking forward to – I can shape my “reputation” however I want to shape it. No preconceived notions. I’m as new to them as the new year is to all of us. Why not show ’em whose boss, right??

Hell, I don’t even know who I’ll eat lunch with…or if I’ll eat alone at my desk like I do now.

But that’s ok. It makes me uncomfortable the “not knowing” part, but that’s partly what I dig about the whole concept of a new job.

The unexpected.

It ALL seems sort of daunting and scary and new. But daunting, scary and new in the best way possible. It means I’ll be challenged. I’ll be way outside my comfort zone. It means I’ll be presented with new opportunity. And that I can shape my future however I want it. It’s mine for the taking.

And I’m ready. For all of it. I really, really am.

Change. Is. Good. (but scary).

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26 thoughts on “I have news

  1. Woohoo!! Sis, I am so excited for you and for us both. It’s HUGE change for both of us and I am going to miss working with you every day and all that it entails. I think that will be harder than all the other changes that come with a new job. But we got this…and it just means more get togethers outside of work, and who can say no to that?! 😉

  2. That’s very exciting–good luck on your new advenure! I am currently trying to find another job as well and I am hoping something comes through soon. I feel like I cant take my job anymore.

  3. That’s exciting news!! Hope the new job goes well, I think it’s always a bit scary starting a new job but it will go great. If the commute is longer and on a train, you could always read a book or magazine. My commute to work is now much longer than my old job and I just listen to good cds in the car and daydream a bit!

    • I am really excited about it Susan! I am trying NOT to worry about the commute, thinking I may need to treat myself to XM Radio to keep me going during longer rides to the new digs 🙂

  4. Congrats to both of you! I know exactly how you feel. In the past 9 years I left my home town, my former boyfriend, lost a job, found a new one, changed my profession, moved 3 times and worked in three different PR-agencies (and not to forget: met my husband!!!!). So I can tell you about changes, challenges, finding new friends and the scary question: “Who am I having lunch with?!” (funny to see how important this is). But all those changes make us stronger, more confident, more grown-up and – last but not least – they makes us who we are. 2011 will be an exciting year for so many of us. And I keep all my fingers crossed for you and Jolene (that TUNE again!!) that everything turns out well. But I’m pretty confident you two will manage the new situation and all challenges that might be ahead. Most of the time a new job turns out to be much, much better than the one before and in a couple of months you won’t even remember what you were scared of 😉 Good luck and enjoy every moment of being “the new one”. There’s a great chance in it as well. And since I worked with you during the past 2.5 years I allow myself to tell you that your reputation will be soon as well-known as it was in your former agency. So: HAPPY NEW, NEW YEAR to all of you! *hugs* PS: Bought “Lincoln Park after dark” yesterday 😉

    • Aww Julia!!! You are SO SO SO sweet!!! Thank you so much. I will MISS working with you from abroad but I know we will most certainly stay in touch long after we “part ways” work-wise. You’re the best!!! PS. So glad you got Lincoln Park after Dark, it’s a goodie!! 🙂

  5. Congrats on the new job! Yes, change is hard, but it’s the ONLY constant in life. Scary though, huh?!

    Switching jobs a year ago was so EPIC for me and important at that time in my life for so many reasons. I hope this change is just as wonderful for you overall as it was for me.

    • I am really hoping so! You know what? After our brunch in Boston this summer you totally inspired me to go after change. So I have YOU to thank in part for making this leap my dear!! 😉

  6. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to begin embracing change. There’s always excitement, anticipation, and nervousness involved in starting a new job or taking on a new challenge. It always makes me see the old things that much clearer. Hopefully, this will happen with you and your workout routine. Maybe you’ll see some time in your schedule that you didn’t before that would be an even better time to workout. I have every confidence you are ready for all the wonderful new things that lay ahead. 😀

    • Thank you lady!! I’m really excited for the change…even though it will mean a COMPLETE upheaval of what I’ve called “normal” for the past six years. I still can’t quite even imagine what it’ll be like! Talk about ch-ch-ch-changes!!

  7. I am SO excited for this new, huge step in your life! I know change is hard (well, okay….it is really hard for me), but here’s the thing – we ALWAYS get through it somehow. Might be some uncomfortable/anxious times, sure, but 5 years from now you’ll hardly be able to recall this feeling. And I’m willing to bet this transition actually makes the bond with your sister stronger! You’re both going through huge life changes at the same time, so I foresee lots of phone calls, texting, and dinners out in your future. 🙂

    • You are so right, all of this change will be really GOOD even though really SCARY at times, but it’s the right time for it all to be going down. Even if that means my cell phone bill is sky high from all the texting to my sister, ha!

  8. Taking a big leap is scary and exciting! It’s incredibly liberating to start something fresh with such a clean slate. The transition may be hard at times, but I’m sure you’ll be great!

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  10. You sound like me. And my sisters. I have two, both younger, and that’s it. No more siblings. We are the best of friends, most times, and whenever life takes us further away from each other…it’s a new change we need to get used to. Currently, I live in VA, one lives in DC (3.5 hours away) and the other lives in GA.

    Congrats on the new job, Jessica. That’s a GREAT way to start off the new year!! I need one of those, too…

    • Aw I bet you miss them like crazy! One of my sisters lives 5 mins from me (the one that took the new job) and my other sister lives about an hour away and that is just too far in my book. 😉

      Cheers to 2011 – it’s gonna be a goody!

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