Career juggling

December 30, 2016

Remember several weeks ago, when I said that I expected the next six months to include a little bit of teaching, a little bit of part-time consulting, and a lot of research and writing?

Yeah, I very poorly estimated the balance of that. I’m juggling like crazy, and not at all in the proportions that I expected.

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A glimpse of the next six months

November 14, 2016

I’ve wrapped one week of being unemployed, and it’s been quite the week. I was able to go on campus to interview for a full-time job (which would be starting next Fall), I was able to line up some online teaching gigs for the Winter and Spring terms, and I’m on track to start doing some part-time consulting gigs starting next month.

In short: this period of unemployment is likely to be fairly brief… it’ll just going to be a different kind of employment.

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Excited again!

November 10, 2016

Yesterday morning was awful, after waking up to the election news. So I wrote a tearful post about not being able to get excited about a career opportunity.

After the day on campus, I take it back. I’m excited.

Oh, how I needed a damned “win” yesterday morning!

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Exciting news that I can’t at all be excited about

November 9, 2016

Well, I have news… I’ve been invited to Pennsylvania for a full day on campus, at a prestigious university, as one of two finalists for a great professor job teaching Management and Human Resources.

But I woke up today, ready for final prep, and all I can think about is how ashamed of this country I am this morning, the day after the election. I honestly struggle with whether I want to stay in the U.S. at all, and that’s coming from someone who rolled his eyes when celebrities used to say similar things about either candidate.
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A fresh start

November 7, 2016

After eleven and a half years, on Friday I said goodbye to my job at the bank. If this seems sudden, you’re not entirely wrong: it happened quickly on Friday afternoon, but in many respects it was inevitable.

The three biggest takeaways, though: it was my choice, it’s truly a good thing, and I’m profoundly greatly for a life-changing experience at the company.

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Checking in, post-confession

October 27, 2016

My last post was more than six weeks ago, and it was admittedly pretty grim. I’d confessed that I wasn’t handling the stress of mid-2016 very well, and that I’d come to realize that I needed help to make it through.

Well… I’ve made it through. I’m not out of the woods, but things have gotten better.

Slowly but surely, I can see something to look forward to

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September 10, 2016

Anyone reading my blog for the past several months knows that I’ve had a rough time, dealing with my father’s cancer and death, and everything that came in the aftermath of that. I haven’t been very public, though, about how bad things really have gotten.

Close friends know that blogging is often my therapy. And September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. So here goes: a few weeks ago, I sat on my kitchen floor with a giant bottle of Jack Daniels and a giant blue kitchen knife and came very close to killing myself.

Time to call in reinforcements

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