Last Friday I left my job of nearly 20 years. The final conclusion of an emotional roller coaster of a week. The months leading up to my departure were tough. I must have changed my mind at least once a day as to whether I should leave or not, but, in the end I know I made the right decision.
My job search did not take as long as expected. I interviewed with three companies and the one that I liked best also liked me best. I will be the first hire in a new department so this is exciting. I will learn from them and they will learn from me. I start on June 4th.
It was incredibly hard to say goodbye. Anyone who works in the same office every day knows that you spend more time with your coworkers than your family. I knew everything about my coworkers, about their kids, boyfriends, what food was their favorite, how they take their coffee, and what they did on their weekends. 20 years on the job means you share incredible highs and lows, death and illness, and plenty of happy moments and laughs. In many ways, they were an extension of my family. So it was difficult to face the fact that I had to give up all that love.
Now the hard part is over. I cleaned out my office, turned in my laptop and said my goodbyes.
I've got 3 weeks to prepare my home office, get my wardrobe in order and get in shape before I
start my new job.
Elaine has left the building.