Everything’s Falling Into Place

Yesterday was my last day at a job I’ve had for seven years, in an industry I’ve worked in for thirty five. I spent the last two weeks transitioning my workload to 2 of my co-workers and answering their many, many questions.

Patty and Elaine took me out to lunch; mid-afternoon I was lured into the conference room where everyone surprised me with a nice card and chocolate cake. I felt guilty eating a piece, I’m getting blood drawn later this morning to check my A1c level, but couldn’t resist a corner. I’ve been limiting my carbs and sugar, have lost the 5 lbs my doctor suggested and feel good.

Over the weekend I got a little scared. I questioned my decision to pursue this big change. I talked to my mom and Bill who both assured me I was doing the right thing. They’ve patiently listened to me go on and on about being in a job funk, wanting a career I could be passionate about and fulfilled in. If this isn’t it, it’ll get me closer to what that is. So, I’m back on track, feeling good about the possibilities ahead.

With two days left until Christmas I’m finally focusing on the holiday. Like November, December has gotten the best of me. Most gifts are bought but not wrapped. Instead of the dozens of cookies I’d normally have already made I’m hoping to bake a few varieties today. I haven’t put a tree up in years but never pulled a single decoration from the attic to dress up the house a bit, neglected to even put a wreath on my front door. I’m not getting stressed. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks tying up loose ends for a neat exit from work. Now I can concentrate on wrapping, baking and enjoying my loved ones’ company. I’ll get done what I can.

IMG_4201 (2)

Last year’s cookies


Wishing you all a Happy Holiday.





40 replies

  1. What big changes you have made and are making. Time, indeed, to relax and simply enjoy your loved ones’ company. The trappings of Christmas can wait. 🙂 All the very best for 2016.

  2. You’re one smart cookie! You’ve prioritized your tasks and responsibilities to avoid undue holiday stress. That’s a good way to live more in the moment. You’re new employers are lucky to land a dedicated and organized employee like you. Have a great holiday and good luck in the new position.

    • Thank you, Linda, appreciate your vote of confidence with my new job.. I’m not a scrooge but didn’t want to stress myself with what I “should” be doing for the holiday. Wishing you peace, health and happiness in the New Year.

  3. Good luck on your new job! This period of ending one job and not yet starting the new is always the big anxiety time for me. In a few weeks, you will calm down and either it’s the right job or just another step to the right one. Either way it was the right decision.

  4. Geralyn…Good for you! Do you have a new position? You have thought about this for quite a while and now you have taken the step forward. And good for you for not stressing about the cookies, the decorations…it truly is being with the one’s we love who are truly the reason for this time of year. (though don’t tell Madison Avenue advertisers). Merry Christmas

  5. It’s all good Ger. Could hear the lilt in your voice today and the enjoyment of Christmas music and cookies. A new year, a new beginning of something new! Yes you can! All my love and support, xo Mom

  6. Oh wow! How exciting Geralyn. You are embarking on a new adventure. Good for you. You know, there are so many elderly people that regret not taking enough risks during their lives. You are taking the plunge and choosing to go forward into something new and more your cup of tea.
    I am with you with unwrapped gifts. I need to wrap them still too. I need to do it tonight actually, while the kids are in bed. I only made one type of Christmas cookie too. Christmas will be very low-key this year. Maybe it’s for the best.
    Merry Christmas and I would certainly love a plate like that one you’ve posted at the end here. Ummmmm, yummy.

    • Thanks for your support, Staci. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to ‘start over’ at this age. I feel strongly that this is a good move for me. Good luck with wrapping, I still have to tackle that! Here’s to low key Christmases spent with our loved ones. 🙂

  7. Geri I wish you well in your new venture. I’ m sure you will do well as you usually do. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Love Auntie

  8. Change is such a fascinating facet of life and most of the time we cannot see the beauty and bounty disguised and hidden in the layers of change. The moment we accept the change and turn a leaf, we start seeing the brighter side of life. Yes, when we take steps and accept changes, everything starts falling in place and in life. Merry Christmas to you and wishing you wonderful time ahead…:D

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I am already seeing the brighter side of life with my decision to make a career change. Wishing you all good things in the New Year. Merry Christmas!

      • It was indeed beautiful reading your lovely post and yes, with such decisions in life and embracing changes it only becomes the harbinger of good things in life. Thanks so much. You too have a lovely Christmas and wonderful week of celebration and joy…:D

  9. Big life changes are difficult….there were many changes for me too this year. I’m a little unnerved by all of it, and that’s a understatement. But many, many years ago when I was quite young, I worked in a nursing home for a short while. The people there had many regrets about working too long, too much. Time didn’t seem as important as money then. One man told me, “Don’t do what I did. Dance while your knees still bend.” 🙂

  10. Wow, I’m so happy for your leap into a new career with the changing of the calendar. Best of luck! But those cookies made my mouth water. Trying to recover my own dietary challenges after the holidays.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s