You know all those posts about how much I've begun to hate just getting to and from work? All those hours wasted on driving my car, then taking the bus, then being smushed in the métro during rush hours and finally walking all the day down to work? Also the posts about not spending enough time with the kiddo??
Well, I've gone and done something about it.
I got a call out of the blue from a company I had actually turned down a few years ago but have kept in touch with the HR person (who I think is just a wonderful person! hence the keeping in touch part). They offered me a job and I'm taking it. Of course, I went through another interview process beforehand. The company is just a few minutes from my house, beside a nature area and is into a healthy way of living.
As much as I love the cachet of working downtown, I have never liked working in Old Mtl. Apart from the almost daily walks in the Old Port during my lunch hours, there's not a lot of shopping, getting errands done type of places to do. It's great to eat out (if you want to shell out 20$ for a sammie & salad), it's great to go for walks and people watch. But that's it. If you're into the night scene, there are some great bars and hotels here as well for 5 à 7's but let's be realistic. How much 5 à 7's do you think I'm able to actually go to? Of course, I now know all the little places to get great deals on meals at lunches but.. I'm not even going to miss that. Shopping? Amazing trendy little boutiques. A little too high priced for me.
Time is money and money is time someone recently told me. It's true. Time also happens to be going by at warp speed! And time doesn't wait for anyone. I've lost my uncle, my 2nd mom, family friends.. I've seen kids getting sick and one passing away becoming an angel before his time all within the last 3 years. It's worn me down. I don't want to start a business of my own, only to be spending more time doing that than being with Keira. Believe me, I know what it is to own your business. I've lived it with my own parents though on the other side of the stick. I hated that they never had time for us, always working (and worrying about making money), always re-investing money back into the business instead of the new bike I wanted. Or the new this or that that I longed for. And most importantly, never spending more time with my sister and I. Zero vacations! Zero time.
So goodbye trendy Old Mtl, trendy cafés, trendy little stores. Goodbye soon-to-be ex-coworkers who have surprised me by actually telling me they'll miss me (sniff sniff). Hello to a new company, to being able to cycle to work, to hopefully having more time, to another way of life. I hope a less stressful type of life.
Hello to my absolute wonderful little kid! I love you.