An Update: Embracing a career change


It’s interesting how much can change in a year. Since I started my new job at the TORONTO 2015 Games last summer, I haven’t been around as much here at Househippo. What with DarlingMagpie taking up lot of my leisure blogging time, this blog has suffered from my lack of attention the most. In January I made a goal to post twice a week here, and lately I’ve been luckily to have two posts a month.

But sometimes life just happens, and we have to accept that our plans will change

Speaking of change, I’m standing on the precipice of great change at this moment.

For the last year I’ve been working in the most challenging and rewarding work environment of my life. Now that there’s less than a week to go until my contract is over, I can absolutely see why so many people get addicted to the life of a Games gypsy. You fly in, work your heart out, spend hours cooped up with other like-minded individuals, pull off an amazing feat enjoyed by millions, then you travel to another place to experience that high all over again. While I know that in my heart of hearts that it’s not the lifestyle for me, it’s easy to get wrapped up in it and feel that rush.

So what do I want to do?

Unlike many of my colleagues, I knew that after TORONTO 2015 was done, I wasn’t going to set my sights on Rio or the Gold Coast, but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do instead. Many ideas popped up. Should I go back to school and do an MBA? Do another part time certificate program to diversify my marketing background? Take some time off and do some freelance writing and consulting? Do some cheap travel? All I knew is that I was planning on taking a month off to let it all wash over me. Especially since I had all these ideas and more bouncing around in my head and no idea what to do about it. That’s why I built up a high emergency fund, to support me while I figured out my career change.

But, that’s all going to change.

Leslie Knope is my career spirit animal.

Now instead of taking some time off, I find myself a few weeks out from some interesting opportunities that will prevent me from taking time off, but should help catapult my career into another, more familiar, direction. I can’t quite talk about yet, but soon, soon! I’ve never been a person to resist a change in my plans, so this step has me pretty excited for the future.

And all that money I saved up in my emergency fund and savings accounts? Let’s get ready to invest! But that’s another post for another day.

Til’ then!

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