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20 August 2006 @ 08:38 am
Work update...  
I've been giving the decision A LOT of thought recently, spoken with some people whose opinion I really value - including all of you - THANKS SO MUCH!! - and I'm 95% sure of that big work decision that I have make next week.

On Friday, out of the blue (and seemingly as a blessing just when I needed him...) my old boss (who I worked with for over 8 years and was more of a friend than a boss to me - who left our company for our competitor) called and asked me to go to lunch with him. He told me that his wife was having problems with one of her bosses and the more she spoke about her problems there, the more he realized how awful he had treated the situation with "the other one" way back when we were all working together. He said he finally realized all the stress that he was putting me through and he wanted to take me to lunch to apologize. As sweet and as thoughtful as that was, I told him that it was in the past and he had NO reason to be sorry - and an "I'm sorry lunch" was out of the question - I would, however, be open to a "Hi - long time no see" lunch, though. ;)

He and I talked about everything... including my decision that I have to make at work and he gave me a lot of really good advice because he knows all the key people involved (my BIG boss, etc...) I'm really glad I got to speak with him about this, because I really value his opinion and I needed to hear from someone who knows the people involved, but isn't too close to the situation. I also realized how much I missed working for him - and in a way, I'm thankful that things worked out the way they did because if he'd stayed, I know I'd still be working for him and wouldn't have explored the opportunities that I have.

I also had a talk with my BIG boss because I needed clarification on certain things before I made my decision. To my surprise, he was very emotional about the issue and VERY sincere. He was also VERY honest and told me that he recognized my strengths and my weaknesses and knew that there were areas that I needed to work on (which I FULLY agree with) and he believed enough in me to support me and work with me through those areas.

And at the end of the day, I spoke with my other boss (who I'm the closest to in the office.) She and I ending up spending close to two hours discussing things and I think I've FINALLY come to conclusion on what I plan to do. She made me realize that - similar to when I took on the challenge of being chapter president for my Jaycee chapter 6 years ago - the reason I should take a chance is because I think I can make a difference. In speaking with her, I realized that it isn't about the money for me (at ALL) and not even about the title or the high profile-ness of the job... it's about having the conviction to try to do the right thing (for the reps, for the clients, and for the program) and finally being in a position to be able to do something about it.

So... I'm going to take a HUGE chance and tell my BIG boss that I'm interested (some things, I'm sure, still need to be discussed, so it isn't a guarantee yet)... And I know it won't be easy (I was never one to take the easy route anyway) and I know that I have A LOT of work to do on myself and there are A LOT of improvements that I need to make, but I'm up for the challenge. I'm the type of person who will put my heart and soul into something if I truly believe in it - and really, isn't the only thing that I can do to say that I gave it my 110%?

Wanted to thank you all again for all of your support and your encouragement! It really meant a lot to me!! Big *HUGS* to all of you!! :)
Current Mood: determineddetermined
ilenebook on August 20th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
Good, now you begin..all is well when you follow your heart.
Hugs and good luck friend.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 23rd, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Ilene!! You've been wonderfully supportive through all of this! :) *HUGS*
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on August 20th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you could talk with those people so that you could come to a decision. And your boss does not only seems to be a nice woman but a smart woman, too. I really liked what she said.

I'm sure that you can do it! But should you ever feel like to rant about that all, be sure that we are there to listen and to support you. Of course, also when you have to tell nice things. :)

Good luck with everything!

Big *hugs* to you, Sheri.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 23rd, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
My boss (the one I'm really close to) is a wonderful person - I'm so thankful that she spent some time to speak with me. I know the job won't be easy AT ALL... but I'm up for the challenge. :)

Big *HUGS* to you!!
Blanche: rooblanche on August 20th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad for you! That's awesome. I think you'll be great! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 23rd, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! It's a HUGE step for me and scared as I may be, I'm excited about the challenge. :D
karmastyxkarmastyx on August 20th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you were able to decide! That would have been very hard for me, and I admire your strength. :) I know you can do it! I'm glad your boss is willing to help you along the way too. HUGS!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 23rd, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for being so supportive through all of this, Laura! Hopefully things will turn out okay - but you're right, I'm so thankful that my BIG boss is willing to work with me through my weak areas. *HUGS*
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on August 21st, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Yay! I think it's a great decision you made. You seem to have tons of supporting people, I'm sure you'll do fine in your new position.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 23rd, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for all your support through all of this! I'm very excited about it - yet nervous at the same time. :)
Care: smile by mecareleswhisper on August 21st, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
I'm happy for you, Sheri! :D You never know until you try, so I'm glad you decided to give it a shot. :) Please let us know the outcome of it all once you tell the BIG boss yes. :) You are a very determined person and I know you'll do well! *hugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 23rd, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Carrie! You've always been such a huge support to me through everything - thank you so much! As excited as I am about it, I'm also very nervous as well... Thanks for all your support! *HUGS*
karen: kevin cahoon smilewakedistracted on August 23rd, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
Good luck, Sheri! You will do wonderfully; I know it.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 23rd, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Karen!!! Thanks for always being such a wonderfully supportive friend to me!! Big *HUGS*