Dec-QOTD #1: Big Change

Holidailies 2006

What’s the biggest change in your life since last December?

I was going to write that the biggest change in my life since last December is that I’m not working full time, but since I’m starting a new job on January 2nd, that’s not quite accurate. Anyway, I’d not been working full time before I began at BigFinancialCompany.

So has anything changed? Well, I’ve become a lot more aware of what I want from life. Improv is helping that a lot, but the time at BFC really brought home to me that I’m as good or better as the rest of the people who work in the mortgage industry, and that I’m much happier when I’m in charge, even if the only person I’m in charge of is myself. Autonomy and flexibility are worth more to me than any money, and even though things have been a little tight around here this last month or so, I’m in a much better place. I mean, I spent the last three months at BigFinancialCompany coming home two or three hours after my scheduled ending time, so tired I was in tears, not sleeping well, and then going back in two or three hours early. NO JOB is worth that.

Is it wrong that I’m just not comfortable in a corporate environment? I don’t think so. I went through a stage where I felt like I wasn’t a real person without a demanding high-paying job, but I’m better now. Fuzzy and I can have dinner together, and I don’t have to rush through so I can get to bed. I’m cooking and baking again. I’m sleeping better. I’m writing more. All in all this has been the best decision I ever made.

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4 thoughts on “Dec-QOTD #1: Big Change

  1. Wow Melissa…all I can remember is a girl (yes girl) who was wonderful to work with in acting classes and who played a mean cello. I remember a person whose talent knows no bounds. I hope that things continue for you to get better and better!

  2. It’s surprising to me how many people say changing jobs was the best decision ever. Why is it so scary and takes so much bravery then? Good for you for making the leap.

    And, wow, what a template change. I hardly knew where I was.

    And love your quip at Carmi’s about orange juice and oranges. hehheh.

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