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30 December 2004 @ 01:57 pm
So much to talk about  
I'll put off the Christmas rehash till later.

I've been thinking a lot about the possibility of moving and switching jobs. I must not have been objective before, because I was really surprised by the unanimous vote for moving. :) (and I got a Dr. Wex comment, whee!)

You guys made me really sit down and think about what's holding me back. And all it is is fear. I'm afraid I can't handle the job, or the stress, and I'm afraid of failing and losing everything I've built in my life. Which is, honestly, silly. I wouldn't lose my husband. I wouldn't lose my dog. I wouldn't even lose the money that we put into buying a house-- it's there, just not accessible.

Last week, we went to Florida to spend Christmas with my family. We drove around doing stuff, drove to see friends, drove to the beach and my parents' place there, drove through a historical neighborhood that would only be a half-hour commute to where we'd work...

Yeah. I think I want to do it. I called the head of the legal department, the woman I'd be working for. She assured me that I'm short-listed, and as soon as they have an opening, I will be called to interview. The process takes several hours, and involves me talking with many other members of the legal team, asking them about what they do, getting a feel for the scale of the workload and the areas of law they deal with. It sounds like there may be an opening this year, although when is still vague. That's good. It gives me time to plan.

I have in my possession "Health Care Law: A Practical Guide." Required reading over the next few months, so I can look like I know what I'm talking about. Working in a law firm (with a very well-regarded health care practice) has benefits. :) I'll be speaking with one of the health care partners about being a reference for me, and I'm going to be working on a health care law list of online resources.

If all goes well, and I get paid enough, I will give Rob the option of finishing school full-time while I support us. It looks like the raise wouldn't be $40,000 after all, but possibly another $20,000, which is still not at all bad. :) And there are always future raises.

So. I am now open to the possibilities. And if the opportunity comes along, I'll be ready. Thanks, y'all, for giving me the push I needed. :)
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on December 30th, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)
and I got a Dr. Wex comment, whee!

Yr welcome. I've usually got a comment to make. I'm just polite enough not to make most of them in public :)

See you not-nearly-soon-enough.

--wex
Psychedjpsyche on December 30th, 2004 11:44 am (UTC)
Good for you -- and good luck! After all this it would just be Sod's Law if you didn't get it ;)