Not only is today the 4th night of Hanukkah, but it’s also my husband’s last day as a full-time staffer at the CBC after 9 years of dedicated civil service to public radio! [And not to trump that, but it is my mother-in-law‘s last day at the CBC after over 25 years of being there! She’s amazing, and crazy I know, they are retiring from the CBC on the same day.]
I wanted to take this moment to really stress to my love, and anyone out there contemplating a career change, that I think it takes real chutzpah to leave a job you are comfortable at to follow a different path/dream. I admire it, I envy it, and I encourage it.
On top of that, this may seem obvious, but here are 3 important things I want to say to my husband (and fabulous mother-in-law, and anyone else out there who is moving on from their job that they’ve been at for what feels like forever – which for anyone in Gen-Y is more than 5 years):
1. You are really good at what you do. – There will be times when freelancing or a new gig is rough, but please, please, PLEASE never doubt your abilities. You are very skilled, and will be paid for those skills.
2. I support you in this big life decision. – You are not in this alone (financially or emotionally!). All your friends and family are behind you every step of the way.
3. I’m proud of you for taking a leap. – Complacency is easy, change is hard. There will be night sweats, fears, lows, and freak outs, but I’m proud you are going after what you want.
On that note, Happiest Holidays all! I hope the new year brings adventure and growth to you and yours, and catch you in 2015!
PS. And Chris, here are a few gems from your early days at the CBC. I love you, no matter what length your hair is at or what job you are doing, and I can’t wait for what the future holds for your career and our life together: