I apologize for my weeklong hiatus from blogging. However, I received an opportunity that absolutely scared the hell out of me... and I knew that I had to take it.
About a month ago, I received a phone call from a CEO in our community. He wanted to interview me for a position that had recently opened up with the firm he manages. He had always been so nice to me, so I agreed to hear him out strictly out of respect. We met for breakfast the next day. I had no intention of taking the job, but the more I heard, the more I realized I would be crazy to turn it down. A raise, opportunities to travel, great retirement benefits, the opportunity to become certified in the line of work - they could all be mine. All I had to do was leave my cozy job - my first job post-grad, a job with co-workers that are some of the best people you will ever meet, a job with an adorable little office that I had decorated exactly how I wanted it, a job that I excelled at.
So I thought a lot, and I prayed a lot more. I talked to my dad who works in Human Resources. I talked to my boyfriend who had recently switched jobs. I talked to the CEO at the company I was employed with. And I listened to my gut.
Two weeks ago yesterday, I put in my notice. I sat down with my boss, and I think I was bawling before I even got the words out. Why? Because the hardest part of leaving my job was telling her. That conversation was one of the top five hardest things I've ever had to do. I had nightmares about it all weekend and prepared for the worst. Do you know what my boss did? She hugged me. She gave me her blessing. She told me how excited she was for me.
As you're reading this, I'm on my first day at my new job. I'm not sure what the transition from small business development to economic development will be like, but I'm excited to figure it out.
I hope that you won't be afraid of "the hard stuff." I hope that if there's a wonderful opportunity staring you in the face, that you'll take it... especially if it scares the hell out of you.
Happy Wednesday, loves.