Goodbye Corporate Life

Goodbye Corporate Life

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I’m saying goodbye to the corporate life. Maybe it will turn out to be a mistake. Maybe not. I really hope not, anyway. No matter what, though, I believe my work life quality is about to change significantly for the better.

I quit my job – a very nice, corporate job at a well-recognized and ages old organization with benefits and a corner office.

Some will think me crazy for doing so and the intent of this post is not to ask whether or not I should have done so. It’s to explain why I did so.

I’ve played the game. I’ve crawled my way through corporate politics. I’ve sandwiched my share of constructive criticism in between bits of positive reinforcement. I’ve been the mouse whose cheese was moved and I’ve moved my share of cheese. I know how to manage in a minute, remotely, and in the middle of the night. I know being in the red is bad. I’ve worked with empire-builders, lazy suck-ups and those who did all the work but never got enough credit.  I’ve been through more corporate fire-drills than a volunteer fireman.

I’ve missed birthdays and dinners and family vacations. I’ve missed parent-teacher meetings, recitals, and concerts. Most of the best meals of my life have been spent with strangers.

I’ve missed the first steps of two children and I think it’s probably a little less common to hear those words coming from a woman than it is a man.

I’ve worked hard to prove to myself that I could, to earn the respect of those important to me, and to be able to provide for my family.

At times, there was absolutely no work-life balance. It was all work, even if I was home watching TV with the family.

Frankly, I can’t do it anymore. I admire those who can plod on day in and day out, showing up at the designated time each day, staying engaged in meetings that seem to never end, seemingly unaware that they are going through the same projects each year with only a slightly different spin each time.

I did not, however, quit without a plan. I’ve been working online for a year to build a new income stream. I have a business plan for how to grow that stream and I have enough reserves to allow my family to keep living nearly the same lifestyle for an extended period of time.

Is it risky? Absolutely. Many job changes carry a degree of risk and certainly going into business for yourself has some added risk. But I have a family who supports me, a tenacity for making things work, and confidence in myself. (Let’s hope it’s not misplaced!)

Best of all – I’ll be home. Working on MY business on MY schedule. Available for my two oldest children in these last few years before they become adults. Free to revel in the childish delights of my six year old.  I can’t think of a better work life environment than that.

Goodbye corporate life. I appreciate what I learned but I don’t think I’ll miss you one bit.

10 comments for “Goodbye Corporate Life

  1. Tom McD
    February 7, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Ahh, good old corporate life. A few years out of college and I was done with the cubicle and all the “cases of the Monday’s” to boot. “Office Space” is one of my favorites. Squidoo, hunh, I am going to look into that a little more.

    P.S. I really like the layout of your blog

    • February 7, 2010 at 10:21 am

      Thanks, Tom! I LOVE Office Space. That was exactly how I’ve felt the last few years. Half tempted to take my stapler home with me when I leave. 🙂

      Yes – Squidoo – that’s where I started and I use it to this day to help me with my projects. It can be a pretty powerful traffic generator.

      And – this is the theme I switched to just a couple of days ago. You’re the first to comment on it so I’m feeling very good about my decision. 🙂

      Erica

  2. PETAD
    February 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Ahhh – the courage to strike out on your own against all the nay Sayers and doubting Tomas’. You have just taken the hardest step of all. We are all now looking forward to the day we can say we knew you when. All the best. Petad

  3. February 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Oh, Petad – My devil’s advocate and the patron saint of analysis, let’s hope I make that the case. 😉

  4. Hope Aubergine
    February 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Ah, ma cherie…..at least it didn’t take a “Baby Boom”—-well not totally anyways!—-to make your way clear. Prayers are with you that though struggles will come, they will now be met with renewed vigor and gusto….a deep breath and a new gleam in the eye, so to speak. ….And that the time you’ve sacrificed for loved ones will be given back to you and multiplied.
    Blessings, Hope

    • February 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm

      Yup – I’m looking forward to more Vigor and Gusto! They don’t make movies like that anymore! (hee hee)

      Let’s hope….Hope. (Oh, I’m in quite the mood today, aren’t I?!) 😉

  5. Hope Aubergine
    February 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    PS…..oh yes, this theme…. You didn’t move to Hawaii did you?????!!!!

    • February 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm

      No….not yet….although I bet that’s sounding pretty good when you’re standing in a foot of snow, isn’t it?

  6. Hope Aubergine
    February 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Ah, make that nearly 2 feet, my dear….with more on the way….just call me Madame Nanook!

  7. February 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Well, GOOD for you!! I can just imagine the joy your family is feeling and I wish you all the best.

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