Moving On To A New Job

A while ago, I was shifting houses. Although the location is the same (I just moved from one building to the next), I couldn’t help it but feel sad and melancholy. After all, this house I have been living for 2 years with memories of my pregnancy (me lying on the couch with ice cream and Netflix), my marriage (our first place together) and the start of freelancing (many hours holed up in the tiny study room). Even with the new anticipation of moving to a much bigger study room (twice the size of the old one), I will always miss our first house.

Not unlike moving from a home we loved, this feeling picked the same heartstrings whenever I moved from one job to the other. One tiny secret to share with my readers: as much as I enjoy accepting a new job and relishing the new challenges it will bring, I always weep a little at the thought of leaving the old job. Even when the boss is evil. Or the rotten office politics. Or that nasty backstabbing b*tch sitting next to me. There are always good things to miss about the old job.

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Call me a sentimental old fool. Call me emotional charge woman. I always believe there’s a good side to every bad situation. Be it the comfort of my little cubicle, my worn out desk even my tired groaning office chair. Or the gossipy toilet cleaning ladies at my office building who love to share a tidbit every now and then. Even the muffled sound of my boss yelling at someone else (other than me) behind his office’s closed doors. There’s always something, no matter how small, to be missed. Every office, every desk I ever sat in, grows so fondly in my heart as I set my sights towards the new location of my new job.

Not to mention the colleagues whom I have worked together so well, the tough battles we fought side by side. Sometimes in victories, sometimes bloodied and lost, retreating to our comfort group, licking each other’s trampled egos. Some of them became one of the rare precious friendships blossom over the years, often meet up to reminisce the historic battles, bonds so tight that time couldn’t tear us apart. Others, drifted away as months goes by, only to drop a few likes on Facebook every few posts or to get updates from their LinkedIn accounts.

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Even as time passes by, my heart still leaps at whenever any of my ex-companies are mentioned in the news, good or bad. Whether it is the rumours of a share buyout of M1 Telecommunications company by a China owned company or the grand opening of Singapore’s first Apple retail store, opening up new conversation tidbits between me and ex-colleagues which I relished every single bit.

As I stroked my fingers across the kitchen counter on my soon-to-be ex-home, just like I always do to my soon-to-be ex-workplace, couldn’t help the sorrow as I closed the door to the old chapter of my life while I turned towards a new chapter in my book.

Sorry, just being emo 🙂


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34 Comments Add yours

  1. I really appreciate this & acknowledge you for just being present with what’s going on for you. How self-respecting! Bless you Kally. Debbie

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Debbie! Return my blessings to you and your loved ones.

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  2. utesmile says:

    All the best Kally in your new chapter!

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much. Moving is hard but only to move forward can we have a bright future.

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      1. utesmile says:

        Indeed, so right!

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  3. Ben Aqiba says:

    I believe in changes. Every change is welcome. Good luck Kally

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Ben! I look forward in changes too. I love a good challenge! Welcome to MiddleMe!

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  4. markmkane says:

    Stumbled across this site and was thoroughly impressed. Must’ve been fate cause now I can peruse your earlier posts for some gems of advice for my three and a half year journey of applying at numerous jobs, countless interviews and dead-ends.

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Mark and welcome to MiddleMe. If you can’t find the info you need, feel free to drop me an email at kally@middleme.net and I love to help you to score a job you love.

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  5. Christy B says:

    I think it’s natural to be emotional.. you’re leaving behind places and activities that are meaningful to you.. but good things are ahead xx

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    1. Kally says:

      My fingers crossing for good things ahead. We are settling down in the new home quite nicely, baby and meows.

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  6. Summon the will to become your own boss and you shall never shed another tear.

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    1. Kally says:

      Ahhh… but then, businesses comes and businesses fold as well. Might be even more tears since business is something I started from scratch. Sometimes, you sell a successful business to another hand to allow your initial ideas to grow bigger and faster than in your capacity, financial or otherwise.

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  7. Yes! Go get them, girl! Wishing you the absolute best on your new journey.

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    1. Kally says:

      Thanks a lot, Bunny! Looking forward to your next post.

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  8. I’m so like you.
    I am also quite sentimental even though I try to act tough.

    I can be seen shedding a tear or two at the end of the school year, anytime my children need to move on to a new class. *sigh*

    I guess it’s great to hold on to the memories.

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    1. Kally says:

      Awwwww… that’s why you can be a teacher and I can’t. The parents will probably think I’m mad for crying over their children. Haha.

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  9. Hammad Rais says:

    So hard it is to step away from what we are familiar with but one must move on as life is a journey. I wish you and your family the best of life and love.

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Hammad. I always try to look forward in new journey. If you can’t change the past, why brood over it?

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      1. Hammad Rais says:

        Yes, exactly right you are.

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  10. Patty says:

    No excuses for being ’emo’…your body will need a year after being pregnant to get back to ‘normal’, so your hormones too 😉
    XxX

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    1. Kally says:

      Got to show your comment to my husband. He’s been wondering why I have been so emo, worried that I might have another bun in the oven. Haha!

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      1. Patty says:

        Well, that is of course also a possibility 🙂

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  11. bell0225 says:

    Wishing you the best On your new journey. Today was my first post here, I am also going through a career change. Check out my first post. Need all the support I can get.

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    1. Kally says:

      Wow so much changes going through your life right now. All the best of luck in your career change and your first post!!!

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  12. chrissy says:

    I’m the same way. Thnks for sharing.

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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