First my dog beat me up, then he wouldn’t go poo.

Today I was a very sad dog-momma indeed.

For the past couple of weeks I have been fairly vague about an “upcoming change” in my life, an “edge of the cliff,” so to speak. Well, as an angsty teen I thrived on that sort pf mystery and ambiguity, but now, as a mature sophisticated adult (HAHAHA) I’m all about the honesty and directness.


So here’s the dealio:

I’m transitioning out of my current job (account management) into a part-time administrative role (at the same company) in order to spend more time on my writing.

The end.

(Sort of.)

To back-track: I’ve spent the past month freaking out about this, namely because my original plan was to just quit. But then I got this email saying that our current admin would start working Mon-Wed only, and we were hiring a temp until we found someone to take Thurs-Fri. For some reason I didn’t think my bosses would ever go for me being the Thurs-Fri admin, so I didn’t bring it up with anyone for several days. But while I was meeting with our Controller about my 1-year review, I felt so comfortable with her (because she is THE biggest sweetheart on this planet) that it all just kind of came out: wanting more time to write, possibly quitting, and wondering if (but not believing that) I might be able to be the second admin.

To my surprise, she didn’t think it was a bad idea. She and I spent a few hours ironing out the possibilities and setting up a plan to present to my bosses. And as if being a sweetheart weren’t enough, she is also clearly a MAGICIAN, because they went for it!

I could have fallen down dead right then and there from the shock.

Not only did they go for it, they were extremely supportive. Their willingness to let me stay a part of the team while following my own dream really showed me how much our company has grown in the past year. We may not be perfect, but we have good intentions, and I’m starting to feel like we’re a family.

So I’m sort of going from the Competent & Dutiful Daughter to the Harmlessly Aloof Aunt, but I’m hoping it will work out well for the family company, and especially for me and my writing.

It means a lot to me to have this opportunity. I’m thankful to everyone who’s helping me make this possible — my parents, Andy, my (work) family, my friends.

Now it’s up to me to make this successful.

7 responses to “Fyi”

  1. Aisha Avatar

    You’ll immediately notice a huge change in your quality of life (for the better), I’m glad they went for it :)

    How are your parents helping you make this possible? I’m confused..

  2. Kristan Avatar

    Are you serious? I’m confused…

    On top of, you know, giving me life and raising me and all that, they provide invaluable emotional support and encouragement. They’re the reason I am able to do this, and able to believe in myself.

    And of course, they help me out financially if/when I really need it.

    Sorry, just seems like a strange question/obvious answer to me…

  3. diane Avatar

    sounds like how i was when i was deciding to take a leave of absence, aka quit, from grad school. i stressed myself out so much. but now i’m a lazy bum. DON’T BE LIKE ME!

    just kidding, sort of ;).

  4. Kristan Avatar

    LOL. Don’t be like Diane. Got it!

  5. Aisha Avatar

    Oh ok. Yeah, obviously they gave you life and stuff, I guess I didn’t realize you needed so much emotional support and encouragement to go through with working part-time.

  6. Kristan Avatar

    Yeah, it was a tough decision to make for a lot of reasons, but it’s the right one in this case.

  7. angie Avatar

    We are always happy to be there for you because you’re always there for us :) Friends rule!