Today is the end of an era for me. It is my last day at a company I have worked at for 15 years. I love this company and am very sad to be leaving, but things change and I need to accept it.
I experienced so much professionally and personally while at this company.
Professionally, I was able to travel all over the world, create amazing marketing programs I am so proud of, work with some of the smartest people I have ever met and learn about how to become a leader that helped make a difference to her team.
Personally, Ken and I built our current house that we love, travelled on dream vacations to Italy, Hawaii and St. Johns and started a family.
A lot has occurred in the last 15 years and I am a very different person today. There is no way 15 years ago I would have made some of the decisions that I have made recently.
For 12 years at my company, my career was my life. I was so proud to achieve my Vice President status and I thought nothing could be more important than that title. That is until I had children.
Three years ago, my company graciously let me work part-time as a Marketing Consultant. I was so grateful as it gave me the best of both worlds…the ability to work and spend time with my children.
New management came to my company, so I was a bit concerned about my job status, but I was able to maintain my part-time work schedule for a while…that is until two months ago.
In July, I was told that my part-time role was being eliminated as they wanted a full-time Marketing Manager to be there five days a week. They offered me the job or some other full-time role within the company, but I declined.
The Lisa of 15 years ago would have NEVER done that. Money and my career always came first, plus I have a huge fear of being unemployed and becoming homeless. I know…I am a freak.
But here I am today leaving a company that I love. Making a decision that is not about me, it’s about my children. I decided to walk away for a much bigger love…Cooper and Cole.
Life is short and very precious. I have small window with Cooper and Cole at this amazing age and I choose them.
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