I spoke with HR at work this week and formalized my exit from the company. Also, we sold the house!

First- HR. She was really amazing, and seemed really apologetic that it had gotten this bad at work. I don’t know if she meant it, but she said I’d be welcome back to the company in the future if I wanted, and that they really appreciated my wanting to work with them. The plan is that I’ll stick around for another 4 weeks and work with upper management to restructure things to make my leaving as seamless as possible. They were going to let a couple temps go, but now they’ll be staying on to help absorb some of the impact. After that point, my employment will be terminated without cause, due to lack of fit, which will let me collect unemployment if I need to. She said I could count on them for glowing recommendations as well, and we discussed the option of my doing contract hourly work for the company when they’re extremely busy since it would relieve the pressure on the remaining members of my department without needing to train a new temp each time.

She was honestly so great I started questioning if I was doing the right thing. There have been so many great perks to working here (flexible schedule, autonomy, great management (k, maybe 50% great management)) that I wonder if I’ll regret my decision. I’m trying to remember all the high stress, long hours, and horrible work-life balance that also came with the job.

Second- our house was listed last week while we were still in Vietnam, and last night we got an offer that we accepted. It’s not quite as much as we hoped, but we’re still making a decent profit off it considering we only lived there for 3.5 years. I’m so unbelievably relieved. We made the decision to sell it and move to an apartment in December before the interest rates started rising, so I was terrified that the market was going to drop and we’d be stuck paying rent and the mortgage for months, and then have to settle for a low-ball offer. Mr L is a little ticked that the realtor got his hopes up for a higher amount and that we’re paying him 4.5% for a couple weeks’ work, but honestly, I’m just thrilled to have one less thing to worry about.

What other major changes can I force through my life?

ETA - more breaking news! Just now, for the first time ever, my oldest cat (Kami) just came and sat on me while the youngest (Kali)was already on my lap. It’s been 2.5 years since we got Kali, and Kami has never once voluntarily gotten close to her (although she’s put up with Kali sneaking up and sitting with her a couple times). Can life get any better???