You know how sometimes the most difficult situations can turn into gifts in disguise? I recently got the gift of time, in the form of 18 days between jobs. It may not sound like a lot, but I realized I have NEVER, EVER taken that many consecutive days off in my entire career.
Just like I had a mission for leaving my old job gracefully [see my recent blog], I decided to make the most of my ‘found’ time. And while I definitely had many moments of anxiety and loss in a big transitional time in my life, I have to say I had some pretty MAGICAL moments too.
This may sound a little ‘new-agey’ but I think in some ways the universe conspired to help me through my tough time – providing picture perfect weather for every outing I took, and surrounding me with people I love to remind me what’s important in life, inside of work and out.
All the BRISKET we could eat: A trip down to Austin, TX with friends came the day after I left my old job and was a great getaway to ease into my new situation. We got to see son Dan ‘in his element’ in his chemistry lab (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) down at the University of Texas. We ate tons of barbecue beef products, went on river walks, heard some live music and walked down dusty old towns that felt like The Old West. We just had a really grand time.
A BOCCE game to remember: One of the toughest things to lose was the fun, friendship and camaraderie of some really great people at my former job. I know they’re still my friends, but it’s different when you see people every day. And anyone who knows me – inside of work and out – knows I LOVE the big bocce league there. So I came for a ‘guest appearance’ with my team – La Bella Bocce – and played possibly the best bocce game of my life! I was just so relaxed. We had such fun out there and won 21-15 (I think the score was, but who’s counting?). Acting like quite the recent, albeit short-term, retiree, I then said I had to leave for a mid-day piano lesson! Speaking of which, I also took …
NEIGHBORHOOD WALK with my friend Julie and shopping with mom – I seized a rare opportunity to take a weekday morning walk with long-time neighborhood friend Julie, squeezing it in before her ballet class (is she too cool?!). It was great to catch up on things and just enjoy a nice long walk with a good friend (even though it conflicted with my ‘sleeping in with the cats’ plans). I also had a nice weekday lunch with mom and dad and a shopping excursion with mom with the mission of finding shoes for my new job. (Don’t let my mom fool you – she can seem tired with age at times, but she will NEVER end a shopping trip ‘till we find what we’re after. This case, no exception. Always so much mother/daughter fun in the process!)
DEBBIE MACOMBER to the rescue! – I read this light, easy book to take ANY IMAGINABLE form of stress off of me. FUN FACT: Debbie Macomber wrote the books upon which a favorite Hallmark series of mine is based, called Cedar Cove. Like Hallmark shows/movies, her books are ‘soft’ romance novels where you always come away happy, inspired and guaranteed a happy ending.
Lunch with Lois and strolling the NORTHPORT PIER – I ended my time off with a really wonderful lunch with one of my best friends from my old company, Lois. Then, a relaxing walk around Northport Harbor, another bucolic, North Shore Long Island spot I love. It was my last weekend before starting the new job and it just felt right to be in that calming environment before my new adventure.