Not much more than 10 years ago, an internet outage would not be a big deal... we were all still getting used to having the internet at home... now an outage creates much frustration... I've not been able to work from home, I've not been able to blog, I have to email from my iPhone (that gets old), I have not been able to start searching for a new donor and I'm super-behind on Facebook on-goings!
After a week without internet service (and not the first time this summer) I decided to go back to my old provider... it was not as fast but at least it was always available.
As you would expect, while I was waiting for the installation of the "new" (old) service today, the current service finally came back online... and has now been online for over FOUR HOURS! As of this moment I have TWO strong connections in the house... I'm still dumping the inconsistent service because I am going to really rely on good service going forward because...
I'm going back to my "old" company... as in... I got a new job at the company that laid me off last year, the company to whom I'd dedicated 11 years! I actually had TWO offers this week and just accepted the RIGHT one today.
I've been looking at going back as my original plan was to retire with this company. It really STUNG to be laid off, to put it mildly... I had grown to have an ego about my career and I felt invincible to layoff's. But in my ladder climbing I took a role that was to take me to the next level and then the role turned out not to be what was promised (a whole other blog post is needed to cover this topic)... and that was the beginning of the end.
I had an opportunity to go back immediately after the layoff, but at the time the environment had become toxic (I'm sure as many of you experienced at many other companies last year)... due to all of the layoffs taking place seemingly daily over several months... and the anxiety of the wait to find out if today would be the day they would cut me...
I was so relieved when it finally happened! The idea of going back at the time was nauseating. If I had it to do over again, I would have gone right back... but there are no points for "armchair quarterback".
Over the last year I've had some great experiences and some truly crappy times. After freelancing and realizing it wouldn't come close to covering my mortgage payment I went back to consulting for another company. It pays the bills (quite well) but the benefits stink, there are no benefits. The people are great, but the subject matter I'm working with is so very boring (to me) and I've not been challenged from the start. It's been great for work-life balance, which is a new concept to me... but for someone who has defined so much of myself, my confidence from my professional abilities, I've been like a lost puppy, and gained 30lbs (that's another blog post too). Now, I'm ready to go home.
And the ironic thing is I'll truly be HOME... home to the company where I've already invested 11 years... and from MY home. It's a team that is all remote from all over the US. While part of me is afraid I could go stir-crazy living alone, being single and working from home, right now I like the idea. I'll save well over $1000 a year on parking. I hope to make semi-frequent lunch plans with my stay-at-home mom friends to get me out of the home office during the day. And just think of how much money I'll save because I wont need a professional maternity wardrobe!!!
So I need my reliable new "old" internet service to enable me to excel in my new "old" job with my new "old" company.
Now I can still dream I'll get a BFP sometime in the next several days... New job & new baby would make for the BEST 39th birthday... the best birthday ever!
**Note, I wrote this post Thursday night as a storm was blowing through... by the time I tried to post - I lost service on BOTH ISP's. I'm back up on the new "old" service while the current service is still down. Good decision on my part to switch!