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Everything is changing

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

My wife, Sarah, started a new job on Wednesday. She had been looking for a new job basically since she got her old job, over a year ago. It’s already clear that her new job is a huge improvement over the old one, in every way. She now has better pay and benefits, but most importantly, her new employer treats her much better. Sarah will no longer have forced overtime, or constant worrying about meeting arbitrary metrics that make no sense, or her boss constantly looking over her shoulder. Her new employer treats her like the professional she is … with respect. I can’t fathom yet what a difference this will make in her daily lives.

I’m so thrilled that she finally found a good job, one that suits her well, and will put to use her variety of talents. And I’m proud of her for keeping her chin up when her old job was getting her down, working through it, and never ceasing her search for something better. The search has finally paid off, and she has earned every bit of her newfound success.

Somehow, things have a way of changing for both of us at the same time. Back in October of 2009, we both started new jobs … on the same day. Last month, before Sarah’s interviews for this job, I commented that Sarah would probably find a new job, and I guessed that she would start work at the same time I start classes, in keeping with our major-changes-happening-simultaneously trend. My guess was off by less than a week.

Which leads me to school. As I’ve mentioned, I am starting classes at Indiana University on Monday, my return to college after dropping out of Northwestern back in 2001 or so. It’s hard to believe that this is actually happening. I always wanted to finish my degree, but it never seemed quite within reach. But I applied, and got accepted, and then I got a scholarship, and some help from my mother, and now I’ll even get a bit of tuition reimbursement from Sarah’s new job. I can even keep the job I have now, and simply cut back my hours. Everything, it seems, has  aligned to make this possible.

I am thrilled, scared, giddy, and excited, all at once.  My first-semester classes will be the perfect combination of technical, academic, challenging, creative, and fun.

So, for Sarah and me, it’s time to start the next chapter in our lives. I have no idea where this will lead us, ultimately, but we are both ready for whatever life throws at us next. And I feel so grateful that I get to go through all this with my wonderful wife. We’ve had some setbacks, but I think are about to improve drastically. It’s going to be a wild ride!

11 Responses to “Everything is changing”

  1. Tracy W Says:

    Man, that’s all so cool! Good luck with all those changes!

  2. Scott Loveless Says:

    That all sounds wonderful. I can’t help but think that getting out of PA contributed a little. Keep up the good work!

  3. Steve A Says:

    I think y’all have crested a hill and are gonna pick up speed. Good on ya!

  4. Doug Says:

    Change is good…..and this all sounds really, really good. I’m thrilled for the two of you!

  5. the flat tire Says:

    I wish I could go back to school!
    Wait, IU?
    Are you like going to be a Cutter now?

  6. Bill Lambert Says:

    I have no doubt you and Sarah will be just fine. Good luck in school!

  7. doc Says:

    …all good things for a reason. Wonderful news.

  8. Apertome Says:

    The “Cutter” thing is weird. In Breaking Away, “Cuttters” are the locals. Which I am. Now there is an actual “Cutters” team at IU, but it’s comprised of IU students. What the heck does that make me?

  9. Tim Says:

    Pretty damn cool, if you ask me.

  10. Chris Says:

    Nice goin’, you two! Best wishes on a smooth and rewarding transition.

  11. Whosyergurl Says:

    I only went to college for one year out of high school. It was so very important to me to finish my degree. I was a non-traditional student for ten years and finally finished in ’07. I walked and it was one of the high points of my life! GOOD FOR YOU! I’m happy for your wife, too! The two of you are off to a great start! Cheryl
    (p.s.- I was the one with Doug the day we stopped to talk to you & Dave. We were on our way to CCT and you guys were going to the bluffs.)

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