Actually, that’s not quite true. I’m already back. I went to the motherland on Christmas eve, had a wonderful time with family and childhood friends, then got back to Binghamton this past Sunday. Then I had 4 days to pack before I had to fly back to California on Thursday. ‘Twas definitely hectic, to say the least!
Now, I knew this assignment was going to end at some point and even though it ended up being longer than I thought (about 1 year rather than 6 months) it still took me by surprise when I got the final word in mid-December that my company, indeed, wanted me to be back in the California office.
Then a couple days after I received the notification that my presence was no longer required to support those specific programs, my boss informed me that the possibility of my moving permanently on the east coast and working remotely was denied.
My knee-jerk reaction was to quit my job and move to Binghamton anyway, even though a job possibility wasn’t quite finalized yet! You’re not going to give me what I want!?!? Forget you then!!
But then I calmed down and realized that although my time in NY proved to me that yes, east coast is where I belong, there is really no rush or pull that’s making me stay there now. Perhaps the best thing to do is to move back to California for some time and then look for opportunities later. When I mentioned this to a friend of mine over brunch, he unexpectedly told me about a government position at the LA Air Force Base. He didn’t mention it to me before because he thought I was done with CA and determined to move to the east coast now.
Then shortly after brunch, my friend in NY told me that if I wanted, his company will open a position for me since there are not that many people in Binghamton with my particular background. Can you believe it? Two amazing opportunities without even me having to try too hard. The universe, God, or whatever higher being is out there truly must be looking out to me. And thus my first-world problem was born.
Prior to my trip home to the motherland, which I will have to write about in another post, I was truly distressed about which option I wanted to take. The government position in CA will allow me greater flexibility in the future as far as applying for jobs within the country, plus the benefits of working for the government such as having all holidays off, pension, etc. BUT…I will be back CA and I already know I won’t be as happy moving back. The position in Binghamton has a far more interesting job description and I’ll live in the east coast BUT…I would take a pretty significant pay cut. My planned trip turned out to be perfect timing so I could get away from everything and really think about what I want.
I still don’t know (lol). However, I did get some clarity on what the deal makers and deal breakers are for each position. I will make a decision in the next couple of weeks and either way, I know it will be the right choice. One thing is for sure though: 2014 has been an amazing year and I will forever remember this time in my life. I got to travel quite a bit, I’ve met some amazing people, and most importantly, 2014 has been the happiest year of my life so far. I cannot wait to see what 2015 brings but I have a feeling this year will be amazing as well!
Cheers to life, changes, and the amazing things about to come!