Have I made the right choice?  Yes.

In January 2012 I was given a choice.  I was given an opportunity to choose to stay at the job where I had been working for more than 5 years, or take a leap of faith and accept a position closer to home.

Have I made the right choice?  Yes.

While there were many things that made me happy at my old job, every time I am asked if I have made the right decision, without hesitating I say “yes!”
I placed a lot of care and thought into making this life-changing decision, especially because I had been at my job in NYC for more than 5 years, I was established in a senior position, and I was making a salary that allowed us to dine out fairly often; however, I had a commute that lasted 4 1/2 hours every day, I wasn’t eating well and I was drinking, a LOT.  I had verbally accepted the new position and took a weekend to think it all through.

Have I made the right choice?  Yes.

Each thought that would enter my head while I was pondering my decision was countered with “No amount of __________ is going to give me the better quality of life that I need” and filled in the blank with money, vacation days, extras, schedule adjustment, and anything else that came to mind. I had reached the point in my life where I wanted to be able to enjoy my “Me” time and the first step to get there was reducing my commute.

Have I made the right choice?  Yes.

When I was working in NYC, I would leave my house at 7am to catch the 7:30 ferry from Belford. The boat ride took 45 minutes and dropped me off at Wall Street.  I then would take the subway to 42nd or 50th St (depending on the weather) which could take anywhere from 20 – 40 minutes (again, depending on the weather, and every other excuse the MTA could come up with) and hope to get to the office by 9am.  I would get off work at 5:30 and walk to 42nd St and take the 2/3 to Wall St which, and I dare repeat myself, could take anywhere from 25 – 55 minutes depending on ANYTHING to hope to catch the 6:15 ferry, arriving in Belford by 7am and landing on my couch by 7:30pm.

Have I made the right choice?  Yes.

I now work in Red Bank, NJ.  I leave my house at 8am and get to the office by 8:25, or I leave at 7:30 to be there by 8am, and the best part is that I don’t need to be there until 9!  I get off of work at 5 and am home by 5:30 – 5:45, depending on the route I choose, if I have to drop off a Fed-Ex package, or if I choose to work a little late.  Please note the repetitive use of the word “choose”, which is done purposefully.

Have I made the right choice?  Yes.

In addition to the drastic change in my commute, I love my job.  I truly enjoy the group of people that I work with, I find pleasure in the actual work that I am doing, I have my own office (this is a HUGE thing for me), and I am APPRECIATED!

Have I made the right choice?  Yes. Yes I have.

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