May 20, 2010

goodbye & hello



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.

14 comments:

Susan said...

Yay for you and Keira!!! Congratulations on your new job! Wishing you all the best cause you deserve it! :D

Layers and Layers said...

all the right reasons...for the change...
Sadly, your co-workers didn't value you (at least that you were aware of) until it was too late whereas, the new place came specifically for you!
There is always a trade off, but I think you've made the right trade off....so very very pleased for you!!!
Wishing you all the best, with love
S

Nyla said...

Congratulations Chantale! Sounds like you have made an extremely healthy decision on so many levels. Best of luck to you and your new work position!

Michelle from Holley and Gill said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! Am so very happy to hear your dreams have come true, it warms my heart to know that you are where you want to be and who you want to be with.

Will miss bumping into you!

lesley [smidgebox] said...

good for you chantale! i'm so happy that you're starting a new job that fits better with your family. life has these little ways of waking you up, doesn't it? best of luck!!

KLT said...

Sounds like a perfect solution! I am happy for you and your sweet little girl. Good luck with the new job! You are an awesome mom!

kribss said...

way to take the bull by the ba..horns and go for a new job! so proud of you + i'm sure your family is too :)

joyce said...

Yay! You sound happier already!

Chantale said...

Thank you everyone for your sweet and encouraging comments. Joyce, yes I'm feeling happier however and firmly rooted in reality: Am just changing one job for another, ain't necessarily better. lol. But close to home, WHEEE!!

sherimiya said...

Congrats Chantale! Sounds like a fantastic new turning point in your life. All the best to you and your family :D

Sandy a la Mode said...

hi chantale! i am new to your blog and have read some posts and have decided i am going to be a new follower! =) your little keira is just soo adorable and that is soo great that you will be able to spend more time with her. i just adore that name and i think it suits her very well. congrats on this change in your life, hope it finds you happier! have a great weekend! =)

Audrey said...

Yipee! That's great news. Not having to commute to work will definitely be better. Congratulations!

Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas said...

That actually sounds awesome! Being closer to home, in a healthier environment should be fab. Change, even if it is for the better, can be tough, but it sounds like you will be less stressed and have more family time which should = more happiness. Yeah to that! Congratulations on the new gig.

Jisoo said...

Congratulations on your new job! Sounds like you made a right decision and you will be much happier.