Remember some time ago I did a post by this title? I talked about a few things, including my close encounters with the road while learning to blade. Besides that literal hard road I also discussed a bit about the crossroads I have been at with work and finding some kind of work/life balance. I received a ton of really helpful and supportive input from my dear readers so thought you might like to know where I’m going with this.
A couple of weeks ago I gave you a link to a press release from my employer in which they mentioned shutting down some plants at our site. We knew that this was coming, sometime within the next year or two. Nobody knew just when they would do it. So, that announcement came out and the impact at our site is that 30% of the asset base is going away and about 100 Dow jobs would go away along with another 70 or so contractor jobs.
After days of intense analyzing, sleepless nights, and soulsearching, I opted to put my name on the list of ‘people interested in leaving’. I really could see my job going away, or rather, the need for two analytical leaders wouldn’t be there anymore. My boss suggested that I could be the single leader but my heart wasn’t telling me that I should follow that path. I really decided that if I could leave and get a separation package at the same time, it would make it so much easier to move down the road I have been heading for anyway.
So last week I found out that I will be released (sounds so much nicer than terminated, doesn’t it?). I’m really glad actually and look forward to spending some time as a stay at home mom. Part of the separation package is access to an outside consulting company who can help you assess career change options and what not. I will take advantage of that and plan to go back into some kind of work when the kids are older and our family life is more manageable. I will be working until the end of the year then I’m done. Yay!
Oh, and a friend of mine asked me what perfumes those are in my mousepad photo (in the last post).
Left to right, back row:
Carthusia ‘Fiori di Capri’, Escada ‘Magnetism’, Frederic Malle ‘Musc Ravageur’, Giorgio ‘Red’, i Profumi di Firenze ‘Caterina di Medici’ (don’t wear this anymore), Gobin DaudÃ© ‘Seve Exquise’.
Left to right, front row:
Boucheron ‘Boucheron’ parfum, Nina Ricci ‘L’air du Temps’, Jean Desprez ‘Bal a Versailles’, Nanadebary ‘Nanadebary’ (don’t wear this much anymore) , Clive Christian ‘No. 1’, Creed ‘Tubereuse Indiana’
From the other picture:
Favorites that I wear a lot that aren’t on the mousepad are Viktor and Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’, Hermes ‘Ambre Narguile’, Givenchy Oblique Rewind, and Susanne Lang ‘Vanilla Coconut’.