In April 1999, I had two choices. To accept a job offer with Westpac bank or a job offer with an investments management company. I weighed up the options, pro's, con's and the rest. I chose the latter. At 20 years of age, I didn't know a great deal about anything finance related. But I had a good feeling about the job I was choosing. If someone had told me 12 and a half years ago, that I would see the things I've seen, do the things I've done or meet the people I've met, I would barely believe them. Because that's what big decisions do. Change your life.
Today, I walked through the big glass doors and into the afternoon sun, for the last time. No longer an employee. No longer employed. What a surreal and slightly liberating feeling. The opportunities I have received, the experiences I have embraced, the friends I have made. I owe it ALL to the chance I took on that investments management company, so many moons ago. And although I wasn't especially sad to leave, I did feel an incredible sense of nostalgia for everything it has been to me. The long hours and subsequent stress over the years, fade to insignificance now. Only the good times and wonderful people are remembered. And there were many.
From this point on, I'm elated by the fact that I am officially a full time stay at home Mama. I am so very fortunate to be able to choose this path for myself and my family. I have of course, painstakingly reviewed and considered my options yet again, much like that wide eyed 20 year old all those years ago. It is quite the dream come true to be able to focus my full attention on the boys and also to take a step back from the only world I've known for most of my adult life. Looking forward to future pursuits and where they may lead, is also an exciting prospect. As one door closes and marks the end of an era.