On Saturday I was in a car accident. I was rear ended on the highway. This has reinforced for me many things. In no particular order:
- My car is a tank and I was very glad that I put safety as a main criteria when purchasing it.
- My body is a delicate ecosystem. While my spirit and will power are strong, my body is not – despite doing lots of exercising/strength training.
- Concussions are a big deal and really impact every aspect of your life.
- I have a lot of fantastic people in my life. Starting with my boyfriend who has been fantastic with everything, but also including my family, friends, my Jewish community, and my workplace.
- I am super grateful to have worked hard enough to be in a role where I could work from home as needed, but also that it isn’t a big deal to take the time I need to heal and not have it negatively impact my pay (and thus causing other areas of stress.)
I am sure there is more. I am making a point to tell people thank you as often as I can. I hope to remember these lessons, so that once I heal and the tables are turned that I can give back in service and kindness to those who need it.
My boss has been super excited that I have my CCP and am so close to the GRP. They have mentioned multiple times wanting me to lead the charge and not just be a SME but also help develop and set standards for our product’s new Compensation module. I’ve been excited about this too!
But, life happens.
This week I had great news to share with my boss, that is still premature, but seems like a good likelihood. Life changing news.
And with these eagerly anticipated changes my priorities are shifting. Understandably so, even! Some would say it’s about 15 years too late. lol I had to break the news that as much as I love my job and working under them, that in the next two-three years I will need to transition to another role, one that won’t have crazy long hours or travel.
I would like to think that I am doing us all a favor by being up front and giving YEARS to transition. Heck, if things work out, I can still be the SME and develop the new module, getting it to a good place, before transitioning to a role that allows for better work life balance. I know that if I were in a management position, having this sort of lead time and the ability to better shift any succession planning would be appreciated.