The End of an Era

For my current job, I travel about 4-5 times a year for conferences and courses, so I have been to a lot of places I might not have gotten to see otherwise! Just to recap, here’s a list of all the cities I’ve visited because of my job over the last three years:

    • Reno – September 2009
    • Houston – January 2010
    • Oklahoma City – June 2010
    • Minneapolis – July 2011
    • Columbus – September 2010
    • San Diego – January 2011
    • Indianapolis – June 2011
    • Kansas City – July 2011
    • Charlotte – September 2011
    • New Orleans – September 2011
    • Sacramento – November 2011
    • San Antonio – January 2012
    • St. Louis – June 2012

That’s a pretty long list of cities! The only ones I would probably have gone to visit independent of my job are San Diego, New Orleans, and San Antonio, but I’m so glad I got to see them all! I can honestly say that pretty much every city on that list exceeded my expectations, regardless of how low they may have been going in. Winking smile

Tomorrow, I am leave for a conference in St. Louis for five nights for work, and it is going to be my very LAST trip with my current job.

After 3 years and 2 months, I am leaving my current position for a new opportunity at a different association in DC. The move is extremely bittersweet because I actually really love my current job (most of the time) and have grown very close with my coworkers, so I am really sad to be leaving. When I was interviewing, I didn’t really take much time to think about leaving the current place and was more looking forward to the next stage in my career, but when I put my notice in the week before last, it hit me.

I won’t be seeing these same faces of my coworkers five days of the week.

I won’t be seeing the members of the organization who I’ve seen several times a year for the last three years.

I won’t be at a place that I know inside and out and have been at more than any other place for the last three years.

I won’t have already proven myself.

With that said, this new opportunity was one I couldn’t walk away from. It’s a huge step up professionally and is making me feel like a real grown up, even if I have technically been one for some time. I don’t want to go into too many details on here, but my new title is Director of Corporate Relations, and I’ll have an opportunity to rework the entire corporate relations program at the new association and build a team under me over time.

Part of the reason that things have been so insane for me lately is because I’ve been interviewing a lot, and then super busy at my current job as I try to wrap things up before heading out the door! I will be back to DC next Monday night, then back in my office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and then I am done! It’s so crazy to think about the change after you’ve headed to the same place every weekday morning for years, but even though I am nervous about it, I truly am more excited than anything.

42 Comments on The End of an Era

  1. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    June 5, 2012 at 8:42 am (8 years ago)

    Congrats on the new job! It’s always sad when you leave a job where you genuinely like your co-workers but in this day and age it can be pretty easy to keep in touch.

  2. Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake
    June 5, 2012 at 8:58 am (8 years ago)

    Congrats, Beth! I’m sure you will have no trouble at all proving yourself. 🙂

  3. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    June 5, 2012 at 8:58 am (8 years ago)

    Yay for new job announcements today!

    I was the same way- when in the interview process, I was just so excited about what was happening next for me. It’s now sinking it everything that I’ll be leaving behind.

    I cried every time I told someone at work yesterday. I assume this will happen a lot in the next week or so. Ugh.

  4. Jennifer
    June 5, 2012 at 9:10 am (8 years ago)

    Congratulations, Beth!!! What an exciting change and I wish you the best of luck in your new role. Will you have to travel for your new position?

  5. Sara
    June 5, 2012 at 9:42 am (8 years ago)

    Congratulations!!! I’m sure you’ll do great in your new job and enjoy the new opportunity 😀

  6. ChristinE
    June 5, 2012 at 9:52 am (8 years ago)

    Congrats Beth!!!!!!! Ironically enough, today olo is resigning from the bank after seven years of service. It’s all feels so foreign to me.. But like you, it’s for an opportunity he just couldn’t say no to.

  7. Lauren
    June 5, 2012 at 10:01 am (8 years ago)

    Hey! My friend Liz recommended I check out your blog! I’m a CAE in Fairfax and she said you were also in associations and we’d get along well. 🙂 Email me! Love your blog – I’m a runner too, and also doing P90X so I’m also having to balance good wine and food with a desire to be healthy.

  8. Gwen
    June 5, 2012 at 10:06 am (8 years ago)

    Congrats, Beth! I have been at the same association for 8 years! I am so grateful for the things I’ve learned and places I’ve travelled and I love my coworkers. So much, that I’m afraid to leave at this point!

  9. Mandy
    June 5, 2012 at 10:19 am (8 years ago)


    I live in STL. Let me know if you need any recommendations of things to do or where to eat!

    • Holly
      June 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm (8 years ago)

      I’m from St. Louis, too! We have tons of great food and lots of fun things to do. If you’re staying downtown, definitely see the City Museum and eat on Washington!

  10. Heidi
    June 5, 2012 at 10:28 am (8 years ago)

    Congrats on the new job!!!

  11. Dani
    June 5, 2012 at 10:52 am (8 years ago)

    Congrats Beth!!! Woo hoo! That is amazing and well deserved!

  12. Kimberly
    June 5, 2012 at 11:12 am (8 years ago)

    Congratulations Beth! Enjoy your last trip with your co-workers.

  13. Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life
    June 5, 2012 at 11:22 am (8 years ago)

    So exciting! Congrats!! I love starting new jobs (because you’re so excited to be there and THEY’RE so excited to have found you!) I hope it is everything you hope it to be AND MORE 🙂

  14. Alicia @ LiveAliciaLive
    June 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm (8 years ago)

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you.

    Sometimes a new challenge is just what we need in life — and it’s not that you haven’t already proven yourself, because obviously you proved SOMETHING in your interview that makes them want you in your new position. 😀

  15. Heather
    June 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm (8 years ago)

    Congratulations! New endeavors are always a little nerve-wracking but what an exciting time!

  16. Jenny
    June 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm (8 years ago)

    Congratulations on the new job Beth!

  17. Lisa
    June 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm (8 years ago)


  18. Ang
    June 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm (8 years ago)

    Congrats! I hope you love your new job! 🙂

  19. Kandi
    June 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm (8 years ago)

    Congratulations and Good Luck. Happy you see the need to grow and improve. That’s what life’s about. 🙂

  20. Chrissy
    June 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Beth! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now! I live in STL, I hope you have a great time while you are here!!!

  21. Deanna @
    June 6, 2012 at 4:33 am (8 years ago)

    I can definitely understand you feeling sad and excited at the same time. Sounds like your new job is going to take you to another level with your ultimate career goal. I think it’s important to always strive for what we really want. Some people get the chance to do that, and others don’t for many reasons, but I say if there is even a slim chance to attain your goal, you should just go after it! Best of luck with your new job, Beth!

  22. terri
    June 6, 2012 at 7:22 am (8 years ago)

    awww how exciting! best of luck in your new career adventures! it sounds like you will be definitely busy ( but in a good way!)…cant wait to read more about it in the coming week/months/year! xo

  23. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    June 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm (8 years ago)

    Congrats, Beth! That is really exciting- you never know what kinds of opportunities await you! I haven’t made my “big” post yet, but I’m leaving my job of 7 years to completely change my career path. My last day is next Monday- but it’s not bittersweet for me. It’s just SWEET. 🙂

  24. Karen
    June 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm (8 years ago)

    Consider yourself fortunate to still love the job you’re leaving and be able to move onto a new and exciting challenge. Sounds exciting!!

  25. Roz@weightingfor50
    June 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm (8 years ago)

    BIG congratulations on the exciting new position Beth. Wonderful news!!!!!!

  26. Life's a Bowl
    June 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Congrats on all of your successes at your current job and best wishes for many more at your new job!

    I actually am switching jobs too [aka why I’ve been so MIA]… School ends next Friday and the following Monday will be my first day working at an association based in Old Town 😀

  27. Lisa
    June 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm (8 years ago)

    Congratulations! Over the past 12 months you’ve successfully made lots of big changes and I’m sure this will be no different!

  28. Evi
    June 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm (8 years ago)

    Congrats on the new job! That’s a very exciting step (which I’m hoping to take soon as well) and great to look forward to!

  29. Hilary
    June 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Yay you…congrats on such a big step. I am in a somewhat similar position, as my teaching job at the school I’m at now is ending at the end of June, and I’ve applied for a bunch of new positions that I’m totally excited about, but I’m sad to think about leaving a school I love so much. All the best…I’m sure you’ll do fantastic!

  30. robin
    June 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm (8 years ago)

    Where are youuuuuuuu?

  31. Lili
    June 20, 2012 at 11:58 am (8 years ago)

    come back to us!! 🙂
    (we know you must be busy but miss your posts!)

  32. MelanieF
    June 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm (8 years ago)

    Missing your posts as well!

  33. robin
    June 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm (8 years ago)

    am I the only one who is worried? Its been over two weeks!

  34. amanda
    June 25, 2012 at 9:13 am (8 years ago)

    hey there…everything ok? it’s been so long!

  35. Natalie
    June 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm (8 years ago)

    Hello…just wanted to let you know I’m missing your posts as well! Hope everything is okay and we’ll see a update when you have a moment!

  36. Bonnie
    July 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm (8 years ago)

    Love the website and I hope your new position is working out well.


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