Monday, May 9, 2011

Change - The New Norm

It's been in process long enough, and I've tried to keep in under wraps. Mostly because I'm a pessimistic optimist - anything is possible, just don't count your chickens out loud until they hatch and are running around under the heat lamps chirping.

Friday was a relief, then, in some respects - a new opportunity I'd been asked to apply for at work came full circle. Though I was hopeful after a quick cross-country flight last week for one last interview with our audit committee chairman, it wasn't until late Friday afternoon when the CFO called me into her office to offer me the position that I celebrated internally.

It's come with interesting reactions. Those who know and love me best are proud. My husband, kids, close friends, my mom - all know how important my career is and how this is one opportunity that just widens the path ahead of me. Opens new doors to new people and new places. Fluffs up the bank account a bit more. Same title, but bigger font this time.

Those who know me less well are still processing my motivations. One reaction was "why would she want a different job"? The words of someone who derives their satisfaction out of a task, not a career journey. Someone who finds satisfaction out of being skilled at one thing, rather than having the skill to try anything.

I pondered that question myself as I interviewed for the job. I still liked my old job; still had things I could do. Why take something with more learning, more risk, more uncertainty? The answer came almost as soon as the question did - because I'm a person who wants to demonstrate to the world that there isn't much I can't do.

The shoes fit a little lose right now, but I'm not worried. I'll wear the fat socks and walk carefully for a while, until the shoes look and feel like my own.

Until then, I've got family and friends who have confidence in me. And more importantly, I've got confidence in myself.

Respectfully submitted,

The Wife


TenMile said...


Good stuff.

lightning36 said...


But ... very unsatisfactory post. We want more info!

Friends should always be happy for friends' success. As for people who don't understand or question -- who cares!

Does this mean Doc can now officially start considering dual Ferraris?

Word verification: drythong

I shall reserve comment out of respect ... lol.

DrChako said...

No need for two Ferraris. Not that I don't want another, but I think I'll let my amazing wife bask in her glory a while longer before I cause her brow to furrow with another Ferrari discussion.

As for said wife, I'm so proud that I'm busting at the seams. I told everyone at work, and their only question was, "This doesn't mean you're quitting, right?"

No, I'm not quitting. Sure it's more money, but it's not "FU" money. Not yet. Now, when the next promotion comes along...

Babe, I'm so proud of you I can't stand it. Well done.

-The Husband

KenP said...

I can tell it is you -- really you.

The shoe analogy is a dead give away.

The change rate hasn't been long term -- indication you've got that fast track and for a reason.

Don't forget to send a thank you note to the old workplace.

The NL Wife said...

Thanks, all. It's VP of Internal Audit, which reports to the big wigs and sits on CFO staff. Worth it from a sheer visibility standpoint (and one step closer to the big jobs).

Not quite enough money for doc to get an extra ferrari . . . but I might up the massages to "more frequent".

Thanks for the props, Dr. You've always been my best backer.

And Ken, I often think that I need to send multiple thanks to my old workplace. Never thought being fired could have been such a good thing . . . :)

The NL Wife said...

And no comment on the drythong. Though I suppose when you put them on first thing in the morning, isn't that expected?

Grange95 said...

Congrats and best wishes!!

Shelly said...

Congrats!! Rock it!! People don't "get" me for the same reasons. All the more reason for you to lay your awesome sauce all over the world.

Unknown said...

Imagine that hard work pays off, who knew?

Congrats on the next step of your journey, and hope to see you guys soon (may have to wait till December though).

SirFWALGMan said...


BWoP said...


You deserve many, many smooches the next time I see you (which I hope is some time soon)!!

OhCaptain said...

Congrats! We are enjoying a lot of change around here too.

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