My adventure to Oz: “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.”

Getting excited for the move, well, sort of…

I still cannot believe that I made this decision.  In fact, I made the decision to knowingly quit my job and move to another country without the safety of another job in place nearly 4 months ago. So, with ups and downs that reached heights close to Mt. Everest, I did ultimately follow through.  I quit my job just before the holiday break at the office.  WOW!  I couldn’t believe I really did it!  And on top of it all my boss, who has been tremendous in so many ways, not only handled it so well BUT also supported me and my insanity to move to the other side of the world!  This is absolutely incredible considering my track record in academics whereby there is no support of any decision other than your commitment to the continuation of hell as a post-doc.

Well, now the holidays are over and I am now back in Boston anxiously awaiting my departure for Oz [T-19 days until departure].  Also, I am back at work — which is even more strange since giving my notice.  Perhaps everyone feels this way, but I feel so disconnected with the tasks at hand and it seems irrational to even try to complete things.   I do, however, feel much better since giving my notice.  Despite my weird attitude towards work, I am happy to be seeing colleagues that I have been away from for the last week.  It is surreal to think that they will not be transplanted with me to whatever place of work I end up.  Hopefully, I will be able to stay in touch with them as they have  contributed to my personal and professional development in so many awesome ways!

So, ahhhh, relief from the major stress of quitting — and now just the reliance on myself that this is the best decision for me at this time [which I know it is].