When I started it was just switching over from being entirely family owned to being sold to a large insurance company. The former owner/CEO was retiring and stepping down and the new CEO was a current employee who was awesome. A few years though and he too was stepping down as CEO and a new associate took the reigns. I didn't think he was so bad, but others weren't so pleased with his performance or decisions.
One of those decisions that he had been trying to push was moving the company's headquarters to Seattle. He left the company before that decision could be implemented, but last year it finally did come down from yet another new CEO ... moving to Seattle.
The commute from where I live now to Seattle would take at least 60 minutes and some days 90 to 120 minutes depending on traffic. That's one way by the way. Taking the train wouldn't make it much better since I would still have to drive halfway there and then the train had to make a couple more stops before dropping me off far enough from the new headquarters to require a hike or a bus.
After I was back from maternity leave last December I knew I wasn't long for the company. I met with our Aflac agent to sign up for a Cancer policy and update our Accident policies and the rest is history. I asked her how she liked her job ... and now I am an Aflac agent!!! I start officially with my new office, which is only 10 minutes from my house, on April 26. Woohoo!
In the meantime, my last day at my current job is this Friday and I'm sort of sad. I've had panic attacks when in the office this week. But I'm not yet sad. I will miss my coworkers who are absolutely wonderful. But the company itself has gone from one that I am proud to work for to one that I roll my eyes at ... I no longer believe their mission statement or their so called ethics claims (or their claim to put employees first). I see the new CEO as out for only a buck and no matter what his words are, his actions speak much louder.
It's sad really. In general it is still a good company filled with hard working, dedicated people who want it to succeed. I will miss them a ton.
But I had to do what's right for me and my family. Working for Aflac is going to allow me to truly be my own boss. Yes, selling jewelry allows me to be my own boss. But it's very much unsupported...working with Aflac there is an entire team and company behind you to help you succeed. It's all about how hard I work and how dedicated I am.
I'm terrified. I'm excited. I'm nervous. I'm a little sick to my stomach. I'm definitley looking forward to the future. I believe that God has guided me to this point. It's not something I ever would have thought of before - especially since it is 100% commissions. But I believe that I can be successful, and being closer to home will give me the chance to see my son grow up as opposed to just kissing him goodnight when I get home after a 14 hour day.
He's getting so big! Only 6 1/2 months old though. :)
I've thought about not making jewelry for awhile and shutting down my Etsy shop, but I really hate to do that. I know that I'll be very busy and probably overwhelmed for awhile. But making jewelry helps me relax and get that creative part of my soul satisfied. So the jewelry will continue.
As will the blogging. I love to blog. And I love reading other people's blogs.
This is getting long...obviously I'm nervous about this whole change...I hate change. :)