In the little time that I had to update the blog, I know I have mentioned how busy I have been with work, business travel and my 3 hour round-trip commute. I am thrilled to announce that I have found an incredible new job at a company just 3 miles from our home. It will be such a blessing.
It was an honor to work as the Regional Marketing Coordinator for the largest labor and employment law firm in the nation, but I have elected to change industries and make a balanced life more of a priority. I will now be working at a local company in the Project Management industry. While my career is still a priority, I have determined that I would not be able to balance other priorities with that role. I know this new position will allow for a better work-life balance and for that I am so grateful!
What will I do with all of this free time?? Well I was able to have a lot of free time this past week, and I used it to be productive. It feels great to catch up on all of the things I never had time to do when I was so busy with my career.
The new company asked that I start at the beginning of a pay period, but my two weeks notice at my old company didn't match up with the time frame and it has been incredible to have an entire week off with no work emails flooding my inbox! I have never had a true week off without work emails or work emergencies. I thought I would get stir crazy, but really I am enjoying being productive at a leisurely pace :)
Last Friday was my last day, and Shane took me out to dinner to celebrate. Saturday I went to the store and saw a few friends that invited us to a football party in the neighborhood. We spent the weekend eating, drinking and cheering on the Dawgs!
After hosting a Rodan & Fields party at my house, we went to another neighbor's house for "Driveway Drinking" where we all hangout in their driveway so all the kids can run wild. They ran wild all right... all over Mr. Shane.
On Sunday I went to the pool to enjoy some time off while Shane worked on a house project.
Shane was off work on Monday for Labor Day, so it was fun to spend an extra day together. We had a great day at the pool. We had fun with the neighborhood corn hole tournament. (We have such an incredible neighborhood!)
I went for a jog on Monday night and then took the doggies for a walk. It was refreshing, but I am STILL sore. I am literally SO out of shape. I never work out. I plan to use some of my new-found free time to get in a healthier routine.
On Tuesday, I drove to Grayson to take Munca to lunch for her birthday. I had a few things to do on that side of town, so I spent the night with my parents.That evening, we were able to FaceTime with Lissa and Jason and they announced they are having a girl!! Both of my sisters are pregnant with girls, and I am thrilled! I now have 4 nieces and a nephew!!
On Wednesday, I went to my mom's school (which Rowan calls Mimi's school) and surprised her for lunch. After bringing my mom a Starbucks and meeting her third graders I waited in the hall outside of the cafeteria for Rowan's class. She was the line leader, so as soon as she turned the corner she saw me. She look shocked and yelled, "Celeste!!!!" Her reaction shocked me because she has always called me Aunt C. I gave her a big hug and picked her up and she burst into tears. When I asked her why she was crying, she said, "because you are my best friend"
How freakin' sweet! I am so in love with my sweet Ro! She was thrilled to show me how she walks through the line and picks out her lunch.
I gave her ice cream money for later in the week, and she seemed to like that!
Later that day, I had a dentist appointment that took longer than expected so I was able to meet my grandparents for dinner. It worked out perfect because I was able to spend time with them and miss all of traffic. :) We are excited to celebrate Papa's 85th birthday next month. Ms. Peggy's mom turns 99 soon! Can you believe that?!
I have crossed so much off of my to do list, and I am so grateful to have more free time to stay caught up. Today I am running errands to get ready for our annual football party (We always host a party at our house for the first UGA away game).
I start my new job on Monday, and I have a feeling that it will be great!