First of all, my resolution for April was to not drink any alcohol. I did not achieve this goal.
Luckily Iím not a huge drinker but at the beginning of the month I was in such a funk that having one beer in the evenings just felt right. Iím not going to beat myself up about it though and have moved on. The irony is as my funk lifted throughout the month (explained below) so did my need to have a beer in the evening.
The funk has now lifted as we go into May. Part of my less than stellar attitude had to do with work. I had been frustrated for quite a while for numerous reasons and it was really starting to affect me. I was becoming depressed and didnít want to do anything other than curl up in bed and take a nap. (The crappy spring weather we have had in Ohio certainly didnít help either.) I have a good job with a company that is well-respected but itís not perfect, as so few companies are, but things just didnít seem to be moving in a good direction and personally, I was feeling as if I didnít have any direction to move. After working very hard to complete my schooling over a year ago, it was disappointing to think all of that work could have been avoided since it wasnít working to my benefit even with the company that paid for it. There have been numerous changes and many people have left Ė more on the companyís terms than their own Ė and it was beginning to wear on me. I had been keeping my Ďeyes and earsí open for a few months and suddenly an opportunity fell into my LinkedIn inbox and I answered!
On Monday (5/6), Iíll be starting a new job that Iím very excited about. Itís with a global company that is moving in a positive direction and Iíll be working for a man who is highly respected within the company. I have a friend who works there and I was able to gain some insight into the company, the manager and the department before I agreed to the interview so Iím confident all is true. What impressed me so much was the manager replied to my Ďthank you for the interviewí email. Wow!!! I had never had that happen before and that small action spoke volumes to me! He took the time to hit reply and to thank ME for taking the time to come in. Right then and there I knew he was a class act and someone I would love to work for!
Giving my notice at my current job was difficult though. Regardless of how the business is doing and the constant change that has resulted in job loss, I have many friends here. There are some really great, smart people that I will miss seeing every day whether itís around the office, in the fitness center or in my Friday lunchtime Spin class. I cycle with a lot of them so Iím thankful that Iíll still be seeing them while on my bike.
I cried as I gave my notice to my manager who is really a wonderful, smart woman and once we figured out how to communicate with each other effectively (much like dating), was great to work for. Tomorrow will be a very emotional day for me as I say goodbye to this organization Iíve been a part of for close to five years but the happy hour planned at the end of the day will no doubt help me through the transition.
Since I will not be able to teach Spin at work, I looked into the gym I belong to near my home. I actually have an Ďauditioní this evening with the hope of teaching an early morning Spin class at least once a week. Iím excited about this as well Ė please wish me luck!
With all of the changes happening I can easily say my funk is lifted! Even my chiropractor commented last night how he has never felt my neck more relaxed! Yes, Iím sad about leaving one company but Iím so excited about the new adventure awaiting me. Iíll be working in downtown Columbus again and there is a definitely vibe that I really like. Yes, Iíll have to pay for parking but if I get the instructor job, that will pay will cover my parking so itís a wash! There will be new challenges in my job which I am so looking forward to and new people to meet and potentially recruit to ride Pelotonia (www.pelotonia.org). All in all, the discomfort of the last few months have been worth it to turn the corner into May, spring, flowers, long bike rides and new challenges. Bring it on!!!!!