I've had a lot on my mind lately, but not in a bad way.
Last year, I had a lot of woes about my long-time job, and considered changing companies after many, many years. We were purchased by a publicly-traded company in London (after being a entrepreneurial venture and then a privately-owned small business) back in 1999. It was an interesting 14 years and the interaction with a parent company and sister companies brought many new dynamics. I like change, and so it was a positive experience. But in recent years, our parent company has just focused on cutting costs in the sluggish economy, and things were really stagnant. They didn't really ever exert a large influence in the day-to-day operations, but the mindset of saving instead of growing the business certainly infiltrated my own boss's attitude. Since she is the president and CEO, the company morale suffered. I work remotely, so it was less stressful for me, but I felt the change and certainly saw the lack of growth and energy.
In early January, I found out that much of last year, my boss had been doing presentations to potential new buyers as our parent company had decided to spin us off. We were a good choice to divest since we had our own brand and they wanted to change the direction of their acquisitions. With 24 hr. notice of all this big news, I attended a meeting with "the finalists" for our new ownership on January 10th, where they "interviewed" me and the other senior manager (who was hired less than a year ago). I really liked the new owners and I loved the idea of the energy of a CHANGE. Then we were on pins and needles for another two months waiting for the sale to go through - in acquisitions like this, things can fall apart at the last minute and at least five law firms were involved! Plus, the five of us "in the know" had to keep it secret - even from my oldest friends and colleagues in the company. The rest of our company didn't get the announcement until three weeks ago, and then the announcement to the outside world was on April 1st. It has been exciting!! We are not sure what all the changes will be but one exciting thing is that we'll be employee-owned, as we'll all receive stock to become an "ESOP" at the end of the year.
I traveled the last two weeks - first to Orlando for a big industry conference where I manned an expo booth with a fairly new employee and taught her the ropes. I got to see a lot of my clients and long-time colleagues from our industry. The following week I was at our HQ as our new owners came again and the rest of the company met them. I got in great exercise, ate healthy and stayed hydrated throughout my travels, which is key to feeling GOOD for me. I did need to catch up on some sleep last weekend though!
For fun, I got a Fitbit right before the Orlando trip. I have mixed feelings about these devices - sort of "it's all how you use them." My own feeling is that it's not a training tool of any sort, but a motivational tool. I reset the default for daily "active minutes" to 60 instead of 30, and connected my device with a small network of runner friends that I met through SP and my 2012 HM, and connections of connections. It's fun to know that they can see if I'm active. Since I telecommute - work all day at a desk job, from home - I need to get almost 100% of my steps from exercise, which is actually great! I know that the Fitbit tracks my steps no matter what, and I could achieve my daily "goal" of steps without actually ever exercising (which is why I call it a motivational rather than training tool), but in my case I can ONLY get my steps by exercising on a normal workday. Since I am competitive, that means I'm happy to get outdoors and move my feet, even if it's late at night or rainy- a trait that had been waning during the lousy winter weather.
That's my latest life story. I haven't seen my grandson since March 14 (the last time I babysat). My DH and DDIL can be a bit odd, so I just go with the flow. They invited us to dinner next Tuesday, so I'll see him then. They send a lot of photos, so here is his two month picture from Monday this week.