Saturday, July 16, 2011

I made a decision

A few months ago I had a few phone calls, a couple of meetings, lots of emails and then spent a couple of weeks trying to make a decision about my job, my life, our future.

I found myself with chest pain, the doctor decided it was anxiety. I thought heart attack, but it seems I was over reacting some what. See, I am great at making decisions for other people, fabulous at it. But for myself, not so much. If I could have paid someone to make the choice for me I would have.

Eventually a decision was made. I gave notice at my work, my work that has offered me such excellent work life balance, supported me to learn more about social media in the corporate environment, trusted me when I made up answers for them, accepted that I am a Mum first and a worker second. A place that knew the importance of gadgets for getting the job done when a girl finds herself tweeting, blogging and moderating LinkedIn for the legal industry.

I worked with a team of interesting, funny, intelligent, challenging, professional, knowledge sharing and supportive people, from Marketing types, to journos, to lawyers from all walks of life to my fabulous PR and comms mentor @KAOSVIC (you should follow her, she is all types of amazing).

Leaving them and the happy work cocoon I have swam in for the past few years was not an easy decision.

But I have.

I will miss them.

Naturally I wouldn't be leaving to go just anywhere.

My new job shall be challenging, scary, terrifying, exciting, full on, satisfying and a totally new concept. I am thrilled to have had it fall in my lap from the karma gods and can't wait to tell you all about it next week.


  1. Congrats Claire! It's going to be such an exciting and amazing journey! Making decisions is very hard, especially ones like these - the comfort of the familiar is so warm and well, comfortable but this is exciting. Yay for you!!

  2. Congratulations! Can't wait to hear more about your new position.
    Good on you stepping out of your comfort zone.
    I am bad at making decisions for myself, too. Happy to help others but for whatever reason decisions for myself are fraught with anxiety.

  3. Closing and walking out a door that had been good to you is hard , walking into a new door ( literally but be sure it is open) is challenging and exciting.
    Congratulations lovely lady I hope it is everything you want it to be !

  4. So hard to leave a place you have enjoyed so much, but your future direction sounds so exciting! Best of luck Claire, and congrats!

  5. I feel like I am standing at a crossroads myself right now. Decisions which are hard to make need to be made, I just wish someone else would make them for me! Best wishes for the new position, you'll rock it I am sure :)

  6. I am glad it wasn't a heart attack.
    How often though does our 'body' tell us stuff we don't always listen to ..... But this time you did.
    What a big one yet now made it seems like you are so happy to have done so.... Very excited to hear that.
    Look forward to the big reveal.
    Great news.
    Denyse :-)

  7. What is your new job Claire? Feel like I just need to know after reading that. Hope it great and works fabulously with your family and life generally. Yay for new things :)

  8. It's always scary heading into the unknown... but I know it'll be great :)

  9. I can't wait to read about your new job! I've been waiting since you put up the thread on DP!

  10. Congratulations Claire! It must be one awesome oppurtunity for you to leave your previous work.

    Can't wait to here what you new job entails! Sounds exciting.

  11. Congratulations, Claire! I hope you soon make a nice new cocoon for yourself and that your new job gives you the challenges that you thrive on as well as letting you play with all those gadgets. Can't wait to hear more...!

  12. Congratulations on the new job. It's good to be a little scared. Let's you know you're alive.

    Love & stuff
    Mrs M

  13. I am completely with you on the indecision front - I too would pay someone to make my tough choices!

    I can empathise as well about the sadness and scariness of leaving behind your comfort zone - have recently done the same...

    Most of all though, congratulations on your bravery and the new and exciting challenges that lay in wait!

  14. Good on you Clairey! Your new workplace is lucky to have you xx

  15. Well done on making such a tough decision. I can't wait to hear what the future holds for you.

  16. Isn't it scary how our bodies can force us to stop and listen when we don't want to? It sounds like you've made the best possible choice and I'm looking forward to following your journey xo

  17. Sounds like such an exhilarating time, I can't wait to read more about it! Best wishes! x

  18. Oh good on you, it's only upwards from here! xx Best of luck

  19. You are going to be Magnificent. Because you are. xx

  20. Congratulations on closing one chapter of your life and entering a fabulous new one. How exciting!

  21. These decisions are so hard, but it sounds like a door shut and a large window opened. So wonderful!

    Can't wait to hear more about it... and loving your other posts too (I've been stalking a bit tonight!)



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