I couldn't take it anymore. I'm almost afraid to see what sort of things I put online these past couple of years. Well it all came to a head.
I went on vacation, came back really sick - pneumonia sick. It was so bad that I actually got costochondritis out of the deal. I worked from home for a week and then went back to the office. It was awful, just awful.
first vacation picture:
I took dad out to Arizona to see my sister, her kids & spouses and the kids. I did a lot of thinking on this trip about what was important to me and how I want to spend the next 15-20 years of my life.
So when I got back to the office and instead of "how was your vacation" or "hey sorry you've been sick", I got blamed for everything that went wrong the whole time I was out. Then two of my staff people started in on each other because someone picked up some ticket that someone else was working on.
I went home, had a long talk with my husband and quit.
They were umm odd about it, told me to just pack up and go. No going away party, no two-week notice, I was basically ghosted out of the company. I was just shy of 15 years and this was how it all ended.
This is the pic the hubs took of me when we went in to clear out. I was actually offered a severance package...with strings attached. I've signed an agreement not to personally benefit by any lawsuit I might bring against the company for having treated me like trash.
It was worded all nice and legally but that's what it said. I signed it and took the money. I don't care about suing, I just care about my own life and frankly sanity and health.
I've been planning this for a few months and had targeted the end of the year to "retire" to get out of there. Meh this just sped the process up and gave me a little more money for start-up and all.
I am now the principal of Blackberry Accounting and Consulting LLC specializing in accounting and CFO services for small construction companies.
It's been 5 weeks now and I'm just starting to take clients. It took a lot of work to get everything setup and running. I'm working harder but I love what I'm doing now. I feel like I should have done this years ago but on the other hand, I have all the experience and training I need to make a success of this and that takes seasoning.
I haven't hit my old salary, maybe I will and maybe I won't but my husband was adamant that he cares far less about the money than he does my happiness so I have that going for me. I'd love to have enough work for him to leave his W2 job and come work with me. That's a down the road plan though.