This is a month of new adventures for the NewlyWoodwards. At the end of October, I finished working at my corporate public relations job and will be spending my days with Henry, working on freelance projects and volunteering. I don’t talk much about my work on the blog and I really debated sharing anything here about this change because I know motherhood and working are issues that are surrounded by opinions and emotions. I’m not looking to debate or judge or hurt feelings.
But on the other hand, I’m pretty much an open book and this is a pretty huge life change. I sort of felt that by not sharing, I was hiding something that I’m obviously not ashamed of. So, here it is.
It’s a pretty insanely huge change for our family and for me. I spent four years of college dreaming of my perfect career and preparing to be a career woman. I spent another few years working hard to complete my MBA to advance my career. And I landed a dream job for a dream company, where I worked for the past six years. But, life changes. And the bottom line was that it wasn’t the “dream” for me in this stage of my life. I knew I needed and change and wanted to spend more time with Henry right now. This wasn’t a decision Ryan and I made lightly. There were many months of planning and discussing and debating. There were nights of number crunching and furrowed brows and sleepless nights. But, in the end, it was the right decision for us and I’m really at peace with the change.
I gave seven weeks notice with my employer, which gave me lots of time to wrap up projects, write procedures and get my files and office organized for my replacement. It’s been a whirlwind. It was really exciting. And pretty scary. It’s like wrapping up my dream job with a bow for another person. But, I’m so positive that it’s the right decision for my family. So, I’m feeling incredibly grateful for the years I spent at my past job so I can know that my new job is the right one for me right now.
I hear my new boss is quite a little dictator.
With all of that out of the way … November is going to be a month of changes for us and my goals reflect this.
I want to get my ducks in a row for the holidays – working on preparing our home, our budget and our hearts for the season. I have a few projects planned for the month – Christmas cards, gift lists, budgets and invitations for a holiday party in early December. I also want to start Henry’s gift for Christmas, which we’re planning to make this year.
Another goal is to get in a new routine. Henry and I both thrive with structure, so I’m trying to figure out what makes sense for the two of us and how we can really make the most of our time together.
I’m also going to make time to get creative this month – I have a few projects for the holidays that I’d like to get started on. I have a few more “me” projects and some gifts, too.
We are doing some traveling this month, so that’s why I say I’ll enjoy the journey. I have been planning to make the trip fun and peaceful for Henry and for Ryan and I. But this goal is also a subtle reminder that I don’t need to be at the destination right away. I have a tendency to jump right past the process and I want to work to be present and grateful for the journey.
Finally, this is quite simply a month of changes for us. While routine is important, it’s just as important to go outside my comfort zone. Henry and I are both crazy extroverts and love being around other people. So, I’m working on getting a schedule together of things to do and people to see to get out of the house and do new things.
Life is going to be good this month.