It is the beginning of another new year again. Happy new year everyone!
It is usually also the time when people start making their new year resolution. A friend of mine asked what my new year resolutions are. Well I have stopped doing that since quite a long time. I only have one new year resolution every year, it’s “something has to change from the previous year.”
2016 was a year full of changes here and there.
Entering 2016, I started looking for another job. I was happy with my previous job but not that happy to stay there for a long time. Although I started thinking of changing jobs around January, I didn’t really move until August. It is not easy to make a life decision when you already feel like you are in the right track. As for me, every time I need to make a decision between two hard choices, I will spend a lot of time to consider the pros and cons of each decision. But once I make up my mind, nothing and no one can shake me to change my decision. Well unless their reason is make sense, ofc. I will listen to others’ opinions but in the end it’s always I who make the last decision.
It also happened when I got a job offer from my current employer. Boy I spent around 2-3 months to think about moving while kept continuing the interview process. I was afraid if moving was a bad idea. I was afraid if my new colleagues were not friendly like what I had at that time. I was afraid that everything was going to be very different. I was afraid if I couldn’t live up to their expectations. All those kind of worries. On the other hand, if I decided not to move, I felt like I entered a stagnant phase. A phase where what I did made me bored because I learnt nothing new. Actually I had entered this phase long before I had the job interview, I believe it was around the end of 2015. The only thing that could kept me from not moving was if the company offered me a raise or a higher position, which I also knew that’s a long way to go and the position that I wanted was in different department. That’s why I had this decision to change things.
First person I talked to when I got this offer (beside my family) was my colleague, Nanak. (Go check his blog!) I talked to him because I knew that he also had a plan to resign. His reason is way more noble than mine though lol, he is one of Chevening Scholarship 2016 Awardee. He’s going to continue his study in Master Degree at Edinburgh University, UK. I still remember what he told me when I said that I had a plan to resign. He said, “Let’s resign together!”. Isn’t that funny? 😀 So every time I had my doubt, I ran to him and his opinion helped me to shape my decision.
When my headhunter told me that I got the job, I cried. I cried because it felt real, I cried because I realized I would leave my office family. Even my mom didn’t know what to do, whether to congratulate me or soothe me. It was so silly.
Have you heard the phrase “ready or not, you have to embrace it” ? That’s basically what I did in my new place. In the first two weeks, I already felt grateful that I made this decision to move. I love the people, I love the job, I love the working environment. If we’re talking about job description, what I do now is not much different with what I did before. At first I was sad because it meant that I didn’t really up to the next level but then I realized that I am in the new level. I used to be in English course level, now I work in Education level. A whole different world to explore and learn. I was overwhelmed at first, but I’m getting better everyday.
Things even get better in daily life. I have quite free time to spend time with friends and family. I have time to do things I hardly do at my previous job like participating in Mahanalive event. The thing that I appreciate the most is, living a less stressful life. I can gladly say that since August until yesterday, things are going up in some aspects in my life. 🙂 Money wise, I still need to work on that department lol. Gimme me money people, please!!
Changes are scary indeed. There are good scary and bad scary, but as long as you have the will to change, we can appreciate all the bad and good things that it brings.
I can’t wait to see the what kind of change will I do in 2017. I have some in mind but I will keep it to myself for now.
I hope 2017 will be awesome for you too! And if you don’t like something, try to change it!
Thank you for reading as always 😉