Wednesday, April 7, 2010

End of the Sabbatical

This is my first full week back at work. I am excited about the new role, a project manager for a small independant insurance agency. I am trying to learn a whole new industry and take my experience with Hanes and help improve their tools and workflows. It a great environment and such a breath of fresh air compared to the "always a crisis" mode I was in before.

Reflecting on my almost 11 months off, I learned a few things:
1. Stuff I don't want to do like cleaning closets and organizing old photos still wont get done if there are more fun things to do. No matter how much time you have.
2. I dropped a lot of my monthly expenses and don't really miss cable, brewed coffee at home instead of a Starbucks Latte each morning, and eating out lunch every day.
3. I won't be board when I get to retire (as long as I keep my health)
4. If I dont have to leave the house, I will still be found in my pajamas well after lunch working on the computer. And its nice for your stomach to signal lunch time rather than a clock, lunch was often more a mental break than about really eating.
5. Life is all about tradeoffs of time and money. Now that I am back to work I probably won't spend two hours doing the grocery shopping and sorting through coupons for the best deals.

I loved having the opportunity to take classes, travel, spend time with friends and family that I wouldn't have ben able to do if I wansn't laid off. And, it has helped me decide what type of jobs I will and will not apply for in the future based on my desire for work-life balance.

I feel lucky to have had the break.....


Karen Newman Fridy said...

Sometimes what seems like the worst things turn out to be the best...Jim's "break" was really good in so many ways too. Life hands you what you's wonderful to get to realize what really matters.

Congrats on the new job! :)

LauraQuilts said...

Well, Number 1 made me spit coffee through my nose. Thanks for the laugh as I needed it greatly this morning. Congrats on returning to the world of the gainfully employed. Bigger congrats on having had the Sabbatical.

Carrie P. said...

Congrats on your new job. I hope you will enjoy it.