I’ve been laying low in the blogosphere during the past week or so, but not because I don’t care. I can’t quit you, WMAG! You know I love you, baby!

But I can quit my job. Which I did. And start a new one. Which I am–this week.

After five crazy years at a very successful and fast-growing ad agency, I found the lure of something different enticing. As exciting and fun as creating websites and email programs for consumer packaged good brands can be (especially ones that help people poop better!), I was ready for a change.

Luckily, the change came to me. I didn’t even have to look for it. My new employer found me through this very blog and wooed me away. It’s nice to be wooed. They dangled expensive diamonds and fine champah-nyah (which to a working mom means bigger bucks and FIVE WEEKS OF PAID VACATION!) in front of my face until I gave in. Yes, I’ll take the sweet gig, even if deep down I’m not sure I really deserve it.

The drunken goodbye happy hour is over now (everyone is grateful), and my first “real” day in the new office–coincidentally in the same building as my old job–lies ahead. I’m looking forward to trying my hand at different kinds of writing and editing and working with a whole new crop of fascinating, funny people. If they turn out not to be fascinating and funny, I can just take a lot of vacations to get away from them. And whenever I miss the old place and my old peeps, they’re just an elevator ride away.

Wish me luck as I bring home the bacon from my new job, and let’s all hope they’re as cool with my blog-blabbing ways as my old one was.


19 thoughts on “Moving On

  1. congrats and good luck! i just starting reading this blog in preparation for going back to work after i have my baby (in july). its nice to know it can be done.

  2. Congrats on your new job! I hope that everything goes well and that they enjoy your blogging.

  3. Marketing Mommy says:

    Congratulations!!! I changed jobs after 7 years (and two kids) just this last February, and I don’t regret it a bit. Of course, I moved from one agency to another…and now I’m working on many of those brands you just left… But in a shopper marketing context.

    Five weeks of vacation a year? Sounds like a dream.

  4. Classy Mommy says:

    Hooray! So happy for you. 5 Weeks of Vacation is priceless. (not to mention the salary increase!)

  5. Liz@thisfullhouse.com says:

    Way to go – congratulations to you and GOOD LUCK!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Congrats! Your new employer works with my current one (General Mills), maybe I’ll see you around! :o)

  7. I’m happy for you! Can’t wait to hear all about the new job.

  8. BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) says:

    Congrats Susan!!!!

  9. Coolness. Isn’t it amazing where this blogging thing can lead a person? Congrats. You deserve a raise and more vacay!

  10. Good luck!

    I just spoke with a group of working women (about a book for moms I recently published)and while they were all definately looking for ways to carve more time out of their busy days, most of them seemed pretty tuned in and turned on.

    I think the truth is, change can be good and exciting and can energize (as well as exhaust!) us. Having an outside-the-home job is often good for a busy moms’s ego. When we slave away at home with little or no thanks from anyone, it’s easy to start feeling invisible. Of the 500+ women we interviewed, none of those who worked complained about feeling invisible….

    And, you gotta love the vacation you get!

    co-author, Mothers Need Time-Outs, too

  11. Congratulations! Five weeks vacation is priceless!

  12. CONGRATS! What an awesome opportunity and I hope it is everything you dreamed of!

  13. Congrats on your new job! I hope your new work is interesting and challenging in all the right ways!

  14. just4ofus says:

    Congrats on the new job. You have to do whatever makes you happy.
    It is bittersweet since now my husband has to work more hours since you left.
    it’s okay.. just giving you a hard time : )

  15. Congrats and thanks for stopping by the other day!

  16. OMG! You’re working for DunnHumby?! Clive Humby came to speak when I was in graduate school at Northwestern. His Tesco case was unfreakin’believeable. I recently cited his work for another grocery chain here who desperately needs to get a grip on its shopper data. Clive Humby singlehandedly inspired me to pursue customer intelligence and research in my consulting business. You rock!

  17. Thanks to all for your hearty congrats. I sincerely appreciate it.

    Marketing Mommy, how lucky you are. You can take the girl out of the poop brands, but you can’t take the poop brands out of the girl! (I don’t even know what that means.)

    Anonymous at GM, let’s hook up and swap stories sometime! Love your cereal!

    Just4ofUs, all I can say is “sorry for partyin”. Ask your hubs about that one.

    Ilinap, working for DH is awesome so far. Great to hear they’re inspiring smart people like you! If you’re interested, they’re totally hiring.

  18. Susan – It was great to meet you this week and I am excited about our new employer as well! Thanks for sharing the blog with me – as a mom starting to work full-time after 3 years at home part-time, I am sure I am going to need it! Hopefully we can find time in our hectic schedules to go out for lunch and share stories about our crazy kids!

  19. selfmademom says:

    Hey! I’m sooo behind on blog reading. This is great news! That is a terrific company- I have a friend who works there who you have to meet! Good for you!

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