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January 12th, 2006
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I Quit!!!
YAY!!!!

I turned in my 2 weeks notice today. What a relief! I think the euphoria is wearing off now, after a half hour, and the terror is setting in, though - *L*! It's inevitable. But it's still a relief to leave. And the response of the person I turned it in to, who came from the site we're consolidating and is head of the group, helped confirm that I made the right decision. He wasn't surprised, and he was very positive. He told me (sincerely) that I was the kind of person people liked working with, and even suggested that I consider teaching, since I came across as someone who listens. A real compliment, as I found out he'd been a high school teacher for several years, early in his career. And he confirmed what was happening behind the scenes, such that my leaving would have been inevitable anyway. (Basically, my position got consolidated out, and I would have had to move to a position that I really don't have the background for - and I'm not allowed to move to another position in the company at this time.)

It's just such a relief not to have to try to care anymore, or worry anymore. I believe I'll still be working here the next 2 weeks, to close things out. Then, I'll spent some lazy time at home, do a little traveling (New York, then Florida), and, in the mean time, look at my options. Right now I'd say they're:

- Wedding photography: I'd have to find somebody to apprentice with, and the pay's not great, but once I'm on my own, it would be mostly working the weddings on weekends, getting the prints organized/ordered/etc. in the week, and there should be periods of downtime. In this digital age, you don't have to be scared about messing up the photos and not knowing until it's too late (as could happen with film!), or worry about developing. You're working with people on the happiest (albeit, most stressful) day of their lives, making beautiful photos. Downside: I don't know if I have the personality required to relax people into getting good photos. Plus, I will have to sell my work - tough nut for an introvert to crack!

- Pharmacist: Would require going back to school, but with my chemistry background and experience with pharmaceuticals, there must be some reduction in what I'd need to take. From what I hear, you can work anywhere (perhaps someplace beautiful?), and it pays well. Downside: Could be boring.

- Teacher: I like the teaching part! *G* Well, okay, I like training people and explaining things to them. But, coming up with a lesson plan? Keeping it interesting? Setting up the labs (god, the safety regulations nowadays - eeek!)? and... worst of all... GRADING? *shudders* I respect teachers VERY much, but not sure I want to do it. I had been thinking of high school chemistry, though. But it was suggested that I might want to look at community college teaching, which would be much more appealing... Something to look into.

- Analytical chemist: What I've been doing, but am feeling tired of/not very confident about. The job market's tough; lots of layoffs. Would probably require re-locating, but perhaps not. Basically, I'll keep feelers out, but I'm only interested if it's a job that really fits in a good company with great people.

So... help me out here! Tell me what you do, what you like and dislike about your job. Tell me what you think I might be good at, that I haven't mentioned. But no "I'm sorry to hear that"'s please - *G* - there's no need for sympathy. I won't need that until the terror REALLY sinks in... *G*.

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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
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Absolutely - *G*. Thanks!
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From:freakspawn
Date:January 12th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
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I am not gonna say I am sorry to hear that, because I am not. I think that for you this was the best decision you could make!

As to what to do next, hmmmmm well the romantic in me wants to say....photography! YAY! Because it is your love and your joy, and would make you happy :D
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
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Thank you - *S*. Let's hear it for the romantics!
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From:catw
Date:January 12th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Wedding photography sounds good to me. You are a very good photographer - even I looked good on your pictures and that says a lot, because I'm most of the time not photogenic. I think that photography is what you love to do and now that you can choose why not choose what you love?

*hugs*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
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You have a great face! But thank you. *G*
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From:aeb
Date:January 12th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
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You could go for photography whether or not you pursue something else as well. It can be done on the side. {SMILE} However, why limit it to weddings? People hire photographers at other times, too. {chuckle, SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

P.S. For community college teaching, they tend to want a master's degree, particularly for permanent positions. Also, many post-secondary instructors and professors start out not knowing a thing about teaching. {chuckle, wink, Smile}

A.E.B.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
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Good thoughts - thanks!
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From:arevanye
Date:January 12th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
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The other teacher I share a classroom with half the day also teaches at the local high school. She is of the opinion that if you enjoy that age group, and find that you have a good rapport with young people, it can be a very enjoyable profession. I'd have to say that college professors have it better, though. In a college class, students are there that generally WANT to be there, (or want to get that degree), so they're more involved and more eager to please. With high school, you will have the good students, but you also get the kids who definitely do not want to be there.

Congratulations on your new direction! I think change is good, especially since you were so unhappy in your old job. Enjoy your time off!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
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Yes... I think community college is more my speed than high school - *G*. And thanks!
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From:hobbitgrrl
Date:January 12th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Well good for you, I know you had been stressing about your job a lot.

Yeah, it's hard to sell your own work, but I do think you would have happy customers if you did wedding photography. You take amazing candids, which I think would be appreciated.

Of course I'm all about teaching, but in your case, if you think about it, you would only have to come up with labs and lesson plans for one year: you'd have a constantly rotating supply of students, so you could just keep on using them.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much - *G* - good points about both.
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From:quiet_moments
Date:January 12th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Ok, I am going to reply before reading what all of others have to say, since I don't want to be influenced...

I am glad you have this burden lifted from your shoulders right now. You were unhappy there and deserve to be someplace you enjoy. My thoughts?

Photography is a definite possibility for you. Your photos are gorgeous, and you have such a love for photography, I think you would enjoy it. I also think you Do have it in you to put people at ease, and would do a wonderful job in this field!

OR

Teaching. I honestly do think you would be a good teacher. However, I would suggest teaching at a higher level than high school, unless it is something you seriously think you would like. In high school, kids are forced to take science classes and their hearts are not always in it. In college/universities, you have students who actually *want* to learn. But you do seem to have a personality suitable for teaching. I think you would be successful at it, feel challenged, and generally be happy with your career. But, again, that's just my 2 cents worth, take it as you will. :)
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From:arevanye
Date:January 13th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
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GMTA! *high fives*
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From:onecheekyhobbit
Date:January 13th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
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Weddings can be a pain, but the are good if you make sure NOT to do it for people you know. You always feel like you must cut them a deal.

I think you would be a great teacher. You have always had the pacience with me... and that's a good sign.
K
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
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*S* Thank you for your thoughts! (and I see you made a cute icon of the drawing - neat!)
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From:green_ghost
Date:January 13th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
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Way to go! Now's the time to detox, I hope you make the time to go on those trips you mentioned. Tomorrow I am going to an introductory seminar about changing careers, and then joining a workshop for the next 5 weeks about career counselling (self evalution, strengths, weaknessess that sort of thing). I do NOT want to end up just where I was. Maybe you could investigate something like that in your town, it might help you narrow down your choices.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC)
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Detox? Do I get to go to the Betty Ford clinic and meet cute celebrities? *hopeful* No? Darn.

I didn't realize you were in a similar situation; I'd love to hear out it turns out. Let me know anything worthwhile that you learn, and good luck.

And I love your Wilson "a moment?" icon - *S*.
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From:bluelily17
Date:January 13th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
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Your a great photographer!! As an artist myself, I'd say that there needs to be a part-time day/night job so you can suppliment the income between photography jobs. But you can totally do it!!!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
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Well, that's why I'm thinking "wedding photographer", not "nature photographer" - *G*. But you might be right!

*G* Like your icon.
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From:lilithlotr
Date:January 13th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
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Congrats - I wish I had the nerve to do that!

Personally, I could never be a wedding photographer. I don't have the stamina for dealing with silly, stressed women and girls.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
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I was just thinking the other day, "I wonder if Lilith has ever considered this?" I know what you mean; we'll see.
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From:abandonada
Date:January 13th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
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Congratulations on quitting the job. You seemed so unhappy.

As for the future, lots of choices! Start researching them all and see what you turn up.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! *G*
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From:anonypooh
Date:January 13th, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
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ya good for you! ... sorry quick dash through (at work eep!) definitely worth looking/googling! into a career in photogrpahy - how awesome would that be! and like someone said - there are lots of avenues other than weddings.

I can also see the teacher in you!

Hee - teach photogrpahy :D

squee you sooooooooooooooooooooon!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 13th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Soon! *G*
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From:pearltook1
Date:January 14th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Well, I'm one out of the many who are responding :)

Wedding Photography: I think you can easily learn the knack of posing people. What is hard to learn you already have - the gift of capturing the casual/non posed moments. Your candid shots are sensitive and elegant and that is something that is hard to learn. I think you would do wonderfully at this :)

Bravo on having the courage to quit. That is a daring step. Well done :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 15th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for your comments; I really appreciate them.
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From:finabair
Date:January 17th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
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I actually *haven't* been online a whole bunch lately, and what time I've been has been spent going, "Gee, I should maybe fix these websites before I lose them!" type stuff, but...word. Big step, but sounds like the right direction and healthier for you in the long run, whatever you do.

You'd enjoy photography and you're gifted, but I've got no idea how one would get started professionally at that, and my niece brought me to a wedding show a year ago where I spent a fair amount of time looking about and talking to photographers just 'cuz I could.

Teaching...you could also look into doing the training at a lab, y'know?

Are you looking to definitely stay where you are or is moving an option?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:January 17th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
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I figured you hadn't. Websites? You have websites?

Training at a lab - not a bad idea!

Staying or moving - both are options. In the short term, I'm staying: I want to enjoy the house a little longer, see how what I planted comes up, and so on. And I can explore all of the options I mentioned here. But if a great opportunity comes up elsewhere, I don't have really strong ties to the area.

If you get any other ideas, or hear of anything interesting - let me know!

I hope your IC work went okay; I know it was a crazy week for you last week.
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