Last February, when I gave my employers notice that I was leaving to fulfill our fulltiming dreams, I felt very conflicted. My two years at Athena Women's Health has been amazing. Walking away from a job I love, from people I admire, one that I had really put my heart and soul into and where I felt appreciated and valued, was incredibly difficult. All I could see in front of me was opportunity.
But I did it. My desire to travel and experience life on the road trumped all else. Today, I am officially retired!!
I celebrated with my co-workers last Friday. What started off to be a typical gloomy and rainy day in the Pacific Northwest turned into an absolutely gorgeous day. Which is good, because the party we planned was an outdoor RV Tailgate BBQ with Scoopy as the main attraction!
Steven and I retrieved her from storage the day before and spent the night at our "home park", Blue Sky in Preston. We were up at 5:00am so that we could unhook and drive to my office by6:00am. I'm sure our neighbors loved that, but we had to get her into the parking lot before others arrived and blocked our way. Everything went according to plan. By the afternoon, the weather cleared and we had a gorgeous afternoon and evening. And a fun party!
After, Steven and I spent the night in the parking lot. I had a glass or two of refreshing adult beverages, and there was no way I was going to drive Scoopy out of there! So, this was our very first official boondocking night. Because we had a new inverter and residential refrigerator, I was on high alert, but everything worked like a charm.
My last work week was only four days due to the holiday, and since I had basically turned over all my tasks to others, I really didn't have much to do. So I'd pop in for a few hours and then leave. It was nice, because I came home and got some work done.
My first stop after spending about an hour at work today, saying goodbye to everyone, was Trader Joe's. When the clerk asked me how my day was going, I told him it was pretty good so far, because I had just left my job for the last time. He asked if I had plans for my life, and I told him yes, and as I described what my future held, he was amazed. He rang the bell, he gave me a high-five, and then he gave me flowers.
So far, so good!
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