Monday, March 23, 2015

Big Changes

I am writing this post from my hotel room in Carlsbad. H is asleep in the other room, wiped out after two days at Legoland. This is my second to last work trip. This may be one of the more personal posts I have written. Last week I gave my notice that I am leaving my job at the end of July (!). Such a cliche but the past month has been an emotional roller coaster. When I interviewed for this job I told them I was looking to stay with a family for three to five years. When I leave it will be almost 5.5 years! I have loved this job so much. When I walked into the interview I just knew this was the job for me. I immediately canceled a phone interview I had through an agency even though I didn't have an official offer. It really felt like fate. Deciding to leave has been the hardest decision I have made so far in my life. There have been a lot of tears and I know there will be more in the next few months!

I am so lucky that LA has one of the best resources for nannies: The Nanny Doctor, Lindsay Heller. I have known Lindsay for years and I knew I wanted to meet with her to plan my transition. I have been at my job for FIVE years this month so it was important to me to give my employers plenty of notice while also doing what is best for H. I told my employers last week because I received my first graduate school acceptance (still waiting on two schools though). With an official acceptance I knew that I would be going back to school with 100% certainty. Before giving my notice I met with Lindsay to go over everything I wanted to say with my notice but also get her perspective as a clinical psychologist and mother. I will be leaving at the end of July because my employers always take a trip back east the first week of August. The trip will be a natural buffer between my departure and kindergarten starting. I can't believe H is going to kindergarten already! That also gives me a few weeks to move (if necessary, I won't make a school decision until I hear from all three) and get situated before classes start (!).

I will continue to post on the blog whenever I can. I have two trips coming up and spring brings a lot of nautical!

20 comments:

  1. How exciting! Chance is hard but this sounds wonderful.

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    1. I really hope so! It will be very emotional leaving this summer but I think it's the best time for me to transition.

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  2. Exciting news! Congrats and good luck with the transition!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Hopefully it means a bit more flexibility in my schedule and one of the school breaks I can travel back to Charleston!

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  3. I'm so excited for you Kate! Change is hard but I'm excited for you! Congrats!!

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    1. Aww thanks! The good news is that I will be able to spend more time on the blog/at my computer :) I will miss being a nanny though!

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  4. Congrats! Leaving any job is usually a tough decision. Very excited for what lies ahead!

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    1. Thank you! I am excited too. I am still waiting to hear from one school before I make my final decision.

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  5. Aww, I'm sure this is so tough. You are a part of their family! But I am so excited for you!!! Cheers to grad school and your amazing future!

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    1. If I stay in California I am definitely going to visit up north more!

      Thank you for the support! It is going to be tough saying goodbye to being a nanny but I know this is the right time for me transition.

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  6. Congrats! Though I know the next few months will be tough, going back to school holds such possibility and new amazing, uncharted waters. {see what I did there? ;-)} Good luck with everything!

    Laura | Surf & Hydrangeas

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    1. I sea what you did there ;)

      Thank you! I am really excited about going back to school

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  7. Remind me what your course of study is going to be? If you don't mind? And I know it will be hard for you and H. to separate, but he will be just fine, and it's good for you to find a profession that will last your whole life.

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    1. Criminology/forensic psychology (I applied to both programs) with a focus on early intervention and juvenile delinquency.

      I knew I didn't want to be a career nanny but I have loved the last five years as a nanny!

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  8. That is such exciting news, congratulations and good luck!

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  9. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you and I cannot wait to hear where you've been accepted (and where you'll be attending).

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    1. Thank you! I am waiting to hear from one more school before I make my decision.

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