Chinese New Year arrives this coming Friday, January 31st: the Year of the Horse.
I was born in 1966, making me a horse, so this is to be my lucky year!
At the risk of sounding incredibly entitled, I’ve gotta say…I’ve earned it!
The outgoing year, the Snake, was a tough one for me.
Yes, I accomplished something very cool in completing my “Year of Sweat” goal, but other than that, 2013 delivered a lot of bad luck.
A. Lot. Of. Bad. Luck.
So, good riddance Snake. Don’t the door hit you in the ass on your way out.
And although the Horse has not yet even made its entrance, it has already delivered a huge gift. Effective today, Monday January 27th, I am officially rejoining the working world! And I couldn’t be more excited.
I love you, Horse. Stick around a while, won’t ‘ya? :-)
Two years ago I knew I needed to take a whole bunch of time off. I needed to reconnect to everything that was important to me. Things I had been woefully neglecting. Chief among them, my health and my family.
The main problem with taking the time to fix everything that needed fixing is that I grew to realize that I didn’t want to go back to my previous life.
I was not prepared to go back to a work situation that would rob me of my health and my happiness, regardless the size of the paycheque, ever again.
I came to realize that everything comes at a price, and there are certain prices I’m no longer willing to pay.
And so the search for a job that would meet a giant list of “must-haves” proved to be a tall order. In fact it took me one year of serious searching to find the perfect fit. But I can assure you that I would have looked for another year still, rather than fall back into the comfortable/known evil again.
I need to keep this post short, because, well… I have a day job now, folks!
Know that I’m thrilled to be joining a quality group of people, in a company infused with entrepreneurial spirit, in an area where I feel I can deliver a lot of value by growing a new line of business.
And I can do all of this while maintaining the work-life balance I’ve come to prioritize so heavily.
I chose happiness. Or maybe happiness chose me. Either way, colour me happy!
“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” ~Anne Frank