So, I posted on Friday that I had turned in my letter and resigned. The beginning of the end! Saturday, we met and went to dinner with FT'ers Bob and Linda - that sure was fun, and reaffirmed the decision that FT RVing is what we want to do.
Sunday, we went to lunch with our long time friends (25+years!) John and Cathy. We have known them since our kids were in elementary school. We have a lot in common with them, raised our kids together, attended the same church (even taught each other's kids in Sunday School!), plus John and Paul had similar careers and even worked together on some investigations, both in NYC and DC. Yeah, it was tough saying goodbye to them. Emotional. We know we will catch up with them down the road somewhere.
Today, I informed my staff that I am retiring. Wow. The tears, the disbelief, the upset. The C.O.O. of the company called - we worked closely up til about a year ago- a pretty emotional conversation. Then this afternoon, the announcement was made at a corporate executive meeting. And it got even more ..... emotional.
We don't doubt our decision. Being able to spend more time with family is a huge payoff. And frankly, we can't wait!! But still.... it's emotional.
The purpose of this blog has been following our journey to Full Timing, you've seen the trials, triumphs - now, keeping it real... it's just emotional. I am a hands on manager, I have worked with some of my staff more than 5 years - there are close relationships that will continue long past the job ends, but that doesn't negate the emotions of preparing for departure.
We are grateful for technology that will allow up to stay in touch with folks that hold a piece of our hearts. We are in a whirlwind. We will be moving into the RV next week, mid week, so that the house can get set up for the estate sale next weekend. The week after that is Thanksgiving, and then a final week of work, ending December 2nd. It's gonna be a whirlwind, and yup - emotional - this next month.
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