This is the beginning of a bittersweet week, as the next few will bring big career changes for me. I’ve officially accepted a position as an Art Director and Digital Media Designer at a new company, and this will be my last full week at my current job. While I am very excited about the change, it’s always hard to leave what’s become comfortable. I love the people I work with. I love that there’s a keg (actually two) in the office kitchen and we have happy hour every Friday for the last hour of work. Even though I’m not a big drinker and was actually pregnant/breastfeeding for most of my time here, I like the culture and social atmosphere. I like that there are games all over the office and that people’s desks get turned into cardboard castles or tin foiled when they’re on vacation. I have fun here and friends here that I will miss, but I know it’s time to move on.
Even though it is scary to leave all these easy and fun things about my current job, I think I’ll be happier in my new position. I’ve had goals of advancing to an art director position (from graphic designer) since starting my career out of college and I finally have that opportunity. I am also looking forward to being in a more creative studio as opposed to a technical company that also does design. I’ve never been someone who only focuses on the numbers, but my new salary will be very comparable and actually a bit higher. But probably the thing that really made my decision for me is the fact that in my new position I will be getting one day off every two weeks plus regular paid vacation and holidays. I’ve been able to work from home one day a week since Vera was born, but having an actual free day is something I couldn’t turn down. Getting nearly 50 free days a year to spend with her is invaluable, especially while she is young. During the summer it will be even nicer when Brett is home and we can spend our long weekends as a family.
I’m also excited about having more time to work on my own projects, like this blog and my etsy store. So all in all I think this is the best move for me, even if it’s scary to start fresh.
We’ve also decided to take a mini vacation to Denver and Chyanne in between jobs, so I’m looking forward to that too. It will be our first trip as a family and i just keep picturing V’s face when we introduce her to our hotel swimming pool! Big changes comin up but lots of excitement. Wish me luck in my last week!