I absolutely loved my job at Blendtec & they loved me, too. But I love my kids more: they always have and always will come first. I need to be at home with them when they’re home.
That was the deal when Blendtec hired me part time, and it felt right. When I had the opportunity to move from IT to Marketing and go full time, that felt right, too. I got a lot of things done, and it was a great experience. I’d actually just wrapped up my end of several projects when the kids got out of school.
Sadly, teleworking isn’t an option in the marketing department — understandably, too, since the team spends a lot of time collaborating and bouncing ideas off each other. Leaving my kids at a day care is literally and legally not an option for me, either, though. Plus I’d already put my schooling aside to handle the full-time load. After much thought, I concluded that the next right move for me and my kids was to quit.
I think it was probably the right option for Blendtec, too. It’s a great thing for a small company to have a jack-of-all-trades on staff, but for every little project I was squeezing into my day, they really needed someone full time. They were just getting that, too… it’s amazing to see a company grow so much in this economy! So my leaving was the best thing for everyone.
I must say, though, this is the first time I’ve left a job with teary-eyed hugs to my manager & CEO. They also felt I was making the right decision, so when they kindly offered me the option of cutting my notice short so I could be with my kids right away, I took it. Everything happened so quickly, I didn’t even get to say goodbye to most of the people I know there. I’ll miss everyone there & hope that someday I’ll get to come back… hopefully as an Industrial Designer by then.
In the meantime, I’ll be doing freelance work again for a while until I find work that I can do from home. I’m also finally redoing my résumé, and I really ought to redo this little site, too. Most importantly, I’ll be hiking, working, reading, and playing with my two sweet kiddos. If you’re aware of a company who might be looking for someone like me, let me know.