Choosing Life

September 22, 2006

Every now and again, you make a decision that makes absolutely no sense to anyone but yourself. You know it’s right, but you know everyone else is thinking “What??!?”

I did just that a few months ago, and yesterday it finally came to fruition.

I pulled myself out of the upper management job I’ve held for the last 2 1/2 years.

Don’t get me wrong — I was good at what I did. But especially as things began to change for me personally, the job left me cold, in that I sorely missed a lot of the problem solving and creative endeavors I used to do.

I’m still employed at South Jersey’s Newspaper, which makes me a truly happy girl. The upper management was so terriffically supportive of me when I went to them. There are so many great people here, and I still completely believe in the future of the product and the company. Now I’ve assumed more of a background role – out of the pressure cooker of sales goals and objectives. So I lose the master key, the sweet parking spot, the yearly retreats, the privilege (and it truly was a privilege) of sitting at the Big Weekly Meeting. I learned so much from the smart, accomplished people I rubbed shoulders with.

I have a new boss, whom I’ve known for as long as I’ve worked here. The department’s in great, capable hands.

And in a little bit, I may be inspired to see about moving up again. But right now, for me…Kim 3.0…I need to start finding fulfillment in what I do. This’ll get me to start learning coding again (maybe take a class!) and start getting creative again.

It was a gutsy decision. Most’ll say it’s a stupid decision. But it gets me on the path to finding my smile again.


re: The picture

I was at our Corporate office on Tuesday and Wednesday. On the drive down, we stopped in Baltimore and ate at the ESPN zone. These little markers were embedded into the sidewalk…all saying “Harbor Walk” in different languages.

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  • dr. dave September 22, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    D’oh! I grew up in Baltimore! Those must be new!

  • Wandering Minstrel September 22, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

    Fortune favors the bold, my Lady. Your smile brightens this blog, and we are fortunate to have it, if you are bold enough to find it.

  • Tristan September 25, 2006 at 8:07 am

    Congratulations on your gutsy move! I was GOING to say Inner Harbor..should have gone with my first instinct….

  • Jen Barnes September 25, 2006 at 9:20 am

    Glad to read about your journey back to “you”. Was there years ago when we worked together. Got engaged this year. So there is a light.