About a week ago, I unpinned the pictures of my kids that used to adorn the dull-grey canvas wall that loomed over me for forty hours a week. I packed them in my bag, said some goodbyes, and drove out of the parking lot with mixed feelings of elation and fear.
Step 1: Escapte from Cubicle. Check!
So now what?
I did not leave this cubicle to go occupy another one.
I did not win the lottery.
I did not go crazy and walk out without thinking things through.
It was simply time to do something different.
This all kind of started back in November. I was asked to take on a temporary part-time roll at my church to help coordinate the weekend services. The temporary role has turned permanent, although still part-time. Adding those hours on top of my full-time job has proved to be a great challenge. After discussing things with Faith, it became very clear that something had to change.
So we set a date and now I am free.
My new primary job is a stay at home dad. This allows Faith to get a lot more sleep and much of the housework is now my responsibility.
Yeah, its kinda weird.
But I now have time to do things with my family. When I was working, I dropped the kids off at school and got home in time to tuck them into bed at night. The weird hours at my job were not helpful. (10AM – 7PM)
Now I make my own hours.
I will continue to work at LifePoint as the Web, Social Media, and Celebrations Coordinator part-time and do the kind of work that I like to do. And the best part is that there are no cubicles.
Step 2: A whole lot of change.
There are a lot of adjustments to be made. The decrease in income means that budgets have to be tightened. I have a lot to learn about taking care of things at home. I think the biggest challenge will be leading myself. There isn’t anyone else to blame if the chores are not completed.
I am grateful that I have the support of those closest to me. I was worried going into this that many people would think it was a bad idea. I was surprised to find the opposite response. Thank you to those of you who have been encouraging. You know who you are.
Step 3: What is next?
I hope that once things are settled, that will allow for more blogging. I have a few ideas that could develop into something bigger in the online community, but I must take care of my transition first.
So there is my overdue update and first blog post in a really long time.
If you are still reading this, I thank you and hope to bring you more in the coming days. Please leave a comment to let me know you are still alive. It is no easy task to resurrect a dormant blog.