Monday, April 27, 2009

Out with the Old, In with the New

A week ago today I put in my two weeks' notice at work. I was terrified and relieved all at the same time. I have really enjoyed my job, but in recent months have come to realize what an emotional toll it takes on my personal life. Somehow or other it came to the point where it just wasn't worth it anymore.

Now I'm embarking on an unknown journey. Most of my life I've made safe moves, ones where I know the answers before beginning. This is certainly not one of those moves. I don't know what I'm going to do for work next, and in an economy like this it would appear a foolish decision on my part. I don't feel foolish, though. I feel great.

I came home from work last Monday, according to Zac, "the happiest I've seen you since our wedding day." Was I really that drained before? I must have been. Already this has proven to be a good move. Each night that I come home from work now, I have more energy to spend with friends and family. I'm interested in doing projects and having adventures after work, unlike before when all I wanted to do was come home and veg in front of the TV. I feel like me again.

I'm also making big steps on Spectrum of Amber. I'm hoping to print the first cards next week, and attend some craft fairs throughout the summer to get my cards to the public. I've started my website,, and look forward to continue developing that. It's nothing too special right now, but feel free to peek anyway. :)

I'd like to thank those of you who have been my cheerleaders throughout this transition. Thanks to my family for encouraging me and supporting me; thank you to my friend Anne for your wonderful ideas, inspirations, and encouragements; thanks to my friends Jen and Tim for celebrating with me; and thanks to my husband Zac for shouldering a little more stress throughout this process and enabling me to find a new adventure. Zac, I appreciate you so much. Thank you.


  1. Good for you Amber! I will be anxious to see where life takes you next! Good luck with the cards, I cannot wait to see them! :)

  2. Hey Amber! I think you made a courageous move and won't regret it! I've wanted to purchase your notecards ever since I saw the one with the tortoise and green flower pot from Mexico so get busy and supply my needs!!!

    As tentative as you may feel right now about your future, rest assured it will turn out better than you dreamed. GO AMBER!!!!!!!!!! Hi Zac!