Although I am so excited about my upcoming career opportunities, closing a chapter in my life is always a bittersweet thing.
I have spent almost 4 years at my current job where I was challenged, frustrated, rewarded, and eventually promoted to a fancy title and my very first office with my own door. Although it wasn’t my dream job/environment, I definitely will be taking away a lot of experiences and walking away a much different person from when I started.
When I first started this job I was not a runner. I had been commuting to San Francisco, working insane hours as a CPA in public accounting and was desperate for a change. I chose to leave public accounting, get into private industry and happened to accept a job that was 10 minutes from my house. My world took a 180 degree flip and I loved it.
The new job and minimal commute lead to extra time on my hands. Only a month or 2 after starting this job is when I decided to take on the challenge of running a marathon and it’s also when I started this blog.
I became a runner here. I became a blogger here.
I ran 11 marathons while working here, I qualified for Boston and came to my desk here 2 days later, I ran the Boston Marathon during the middle of 1st quarter close and walked back in the doors a Boston Marathon finisher. I know the running routes like the back of my hand and know exactly how far it is on foot from work to anywhere I might want to go. I mastered the art of balancing marathon training and a full time job, and also the art of business casual for runners.
I found my passions, figured out what is most important to me, and essentially did a lot of growing up and figuring out who I really am here. It has opened some amazing doors and I am so excited to start a new chapter, but I will always be appreciative of what this closing chapter has brought to my life. It’s definitely a place I will always remember.
Four years ago I was still a lost girl trying to find some fulfillment. Four years later I know what I love, I know what I want to do and I am so excited for the chance to combine my worlds and get to do these things. I get to take what I am good at (and yes actually like!) with accounting, but do it for a company, and in an environment, that fully embraces and stands for the things that are most important to me.
So as I say goodbye to my old job today and look forward to a new chapter in my life with excitement, hope and definitely some nerves (and new running routes!), I will always appreciate what the last four years have given me.
In the meantime I have a little vacation time to enjoy.