Starting on Monday, I’ll be the new Senior GUI Specialist at St. Jude/ALSAC. Meaning, that instead of making the pretty work for Combustion, I’ll be making the pretty work for them.

I’ve got mixed feelings about the move. On the one hand, it is exactly what I wanted. I get to keep doing what I do, but with peers who know more than I do, and at the end of each day I know that what I need helped garner the funds to save a child’s life. I get to put a hash mark in the good karma column. But, the other side of it is that I’m leaving a family that I’ve spent the better part of a decade with. I’ve worked at Combustion off and on since the summer after my freshman year of college, with the last “on” stretch lasting seven years. Nothing in my life has lasted seven years before that. Pretty much every marketable skill I’ve got I learned here, and it feels really quite terrible to walk away from that. But it feels even worse to walk away from those relationships that I’ve built up over that decade. Those people saw me change from a cocksure teenager into a grimaced and unhappy 20-something into the happy adult I am today. And that’s just something that you can’t replace.

Today, it is a achingly beautiful day in Memphis. And for the first time ever, I’ve got the windows open in my office. I’m airing it out for the new guy (or gal), and maybe reminding myself that there is another world out there, too.

Guess I’ll have to get around to editing my sidebar bio, huh?