A summer of change

I’ve been REALLY light with the blogging this month, but there’s been a reason for that as I had to focus my attention on changes that were happening in my life, and not simply small, weenie, non-consequential changes, I mean life altering, big time, “wormhole portals into alternative dimensions” like changes.

So here it is: for the first time in many years, I have a NEW job. ย And not just a new job, THE one that I’ve been looking for, a career opportunity that could finally unshackle me from the confines of living in the hellish landscape that is Long Island, New York, and free me AT LAST to move to a destination of my choosing.

THE DOOR HAS BEEN OPENED

Or, as Vigo in Ghostbusters would say, “WHAT IS WILL BE NO MORE.”

Bill and Ted saying WHOA

So what does this mean for the immediate future? For now it means my life just got a whole lot busier, so I probably won’t have as much time to blog as I used to, and when I do blog, the tone of it will change significantly to reflect these new (and positive) life changes. It also means the next 12 months will be a transitional one, as I work to prove my chops and be a permanent asset of the company that was crazy en… err I mean smart enough to hire me. I’ve been given enough generous leeway to grow at my own pace and shake off the cobwebs of my brain that haven’t been used since the turn of the century. As far as career changes go, I couldn’t have asked for a better job to help me transition from one industry to another. I believe it is only a matter of time now before I can finally pull the trigger on moving out of New York and to, at long last, a better place, where the people are friendlier, the cost of living isn’t insane, and I can still enjoy a delicious latte in town every morning.

I wish I could leave NOW, but I can’t make any immediate plans until I see where this job leads. Thankfully though, I won’t have to wait too long. In the meantime I can start researching and getting my ducks in a row, getting rid of stuff I don’t need, and putting all my affairs in order so I’m ready for when that day finally arrives: the day I leave New York forever.

I’m still in a state of shock. Before it was just a dream, but to think within a year it could become a reality? INCONCEIVABLE!!!!

Did I mention I’m in shock? ย Yep, I’m in shock. ย I’m not there yet, but a major, MAJOR hurdle was cleared, and as they often say when it comes to career changes, once you’re on the inside, it’s a lot easier to move around from there.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go have babyback ribs to celebrate.

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10 Responses to A summer of change

  1. Lisa June 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM #

    Congrats, Frank! Best wishes on this new chapter. :)

  2. Maeve June 30, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

    I’m so happy for you Frank! What great news :-)

  3. Frank Swift June 30, 2014 at 1:29 PM #

    Thank you all! The hard part is having to adjust to a completely new routine after following the old one for nearly 15 years. It’s going to be an adjustment for sure, but at least it’ll be a happy one.

    • DarthW July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM #

      Congrats on the new job!

      I actually like your comment about spending the next months trying to prove you are an asset. That shows some real insight as opposed to some who simply think they are an asset because they are that “special snowflake” their mommy told them they were as you’ve mentioned in other post.

      I started a new dream job about six months ago myself – granted I don’t have to consider moving. After 15 years of classes, late nights, weekends, more classes, I finally feel my career has reached a great point of reward for all the hard work, and it sounds like you’re in the same place.

      I was at my last job for nearly 8 years, and it is kinda nice to be so familiar with the systems and technology there. And knowing that it could take years to get familiar with all the nuances at the new place is intimidating, too. Still, for me, it’s cool to see the things I’ve learned over the years can still be applied in the new job….and, hence, one can prove themselves to be that aforementioned “asset’.

    • Frank Swift July 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

      it’s a wild switch for me, going from the public sector to the private sector, which is like going to another world in some respects. I loved my old job but there was just no promotional path, no opportunities to grow, just the same old thing for years and years, which is partly why my brain feels atrophied. I’m moving mental muscles now that I haven’t moved in years.

  4. a July 3, 2014 at 1:26 AM #

    I’m happy for you! Good job, man!

    • Frank Swift July 4, 2014 at 6:19 PM #

      Thanks, bro, these changes got me pretty much going like:

      Robot Dancing

  5. Judy July 10, 2014 at 8:21 AM #

    OMG …. CONGRATS!!!!! :) AWESOME!!!!!

    • Frank Swift July 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM #

      Haha, thank you! You may soon be sending me chocolates to a new address. ;-)

  6. JoJo-A-GoGo July 31, 2014 at 10:35 PM #

    Good riddance, Long Island is happy to see you go.

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