Lots of people have been asking about my new job, so I thought I would go into some detail here.
You may or may not know that I had been having some major problems with anxiety/depression for the past 9 months. Unfortunately, most of it was directly related to my job. I had great benefits with Verizon, and they were very good about letting me take some time off here and there to try to pull it together. But I ended up having to take a lot of time off, which was wearing on me. I didn't like feeling that I wasn't being a great employee.
I've seen a few doctors over the past couple months, and they all seem in agreement that my job (the hours and the stress) was probably attributing to a lot of my anxiety/depression and everything that comes along with that. I have been in counseling and been on medications. These things help, but I'm wanting to really get better. After several months of thinking through and weighing pros and cons, we decided it was best for me to change jobs. My quality of life is more important than some of the great things that I was trying to hang on at Verizon for.
So... I quit Verizon! Whoo-hoo! We decided we can sacrifice some things financially in order for me to have better well-being overall. The last two doctors' visits I had confirmed it--since they both said (without my asking) that my job was probably a large contributor to my health stuff. That combined with the adoption on hold made me realize that it was time for some changes. I don't want to be working at Verizon next year: I want to be raising our child. :)
|Box of stuff from my cubicle at Verizon.|
So... I am working now at a church office doing media and publications, which is WAY more me. :) It's 8:30-4:30 4 days a week. It's only been three weeks since being at the new job, but it feels like night and day. I LOVE having 'normal' work hours and being off in the evenings. And I love being at a job that has eternal impact.
So it's still early, but I'm doing MUCH better. It sorta makes me wish I had quit Verizon months ago. :) I do have a huge amount of respect for Verizon Wireless as an organization though. And I'm thankful for the 2 years that I was able to work there. However, I'm VERY excited about this next stage!