I've been overweight since birth. No lie, I was a 9 pound plus baby. I've dealt with the discomfort, the mocking, the health hazards, the lack of cool clothing and the cringing at pictures my entire life.
About 20 years ago, I lost a significant amount of weight on what I call the "depression" diet. I got treated very poorly (not that I was perfect) and my heart broken and I just couldn't find it in myself to eat. I'd heat up a Healthy Choice dinner and barely put down half of it. I didn't even want to drink alcohol. Those were the days!
However, I found the will and desire for food and drink on the road to recovery. As the years went by I fell into a pattern of gaining ten pounds each year for several years then diet down part of it (never all) then go back to gaining again. Eventually, I hit my peak high weight and settled in. For several years, I lost and gained about the same 8-10 pounds but the key to that story is that I always gained them back.
Every year, our CEO picks a theme for the company and presents it at our annual staff meeting. This year's theme is "Change" and it's overwhelmingly accurate. The company sold off some of our core business and has plans to sell another division, too.
What does that mean? Well, a large chunk of our salespeople and a few operations peeps moved to the company that bought our business. Their last day with us was May 11. Because the support requirements of the overall business will be much smaller, another contingent of operations personnel left on May 25. A few people are staying a little longer for clean up before they, too, depart.
I'm in that last group.
My absolutely last day will be June 29. I would suggest "surreal" may be another theme as I've been here for over 19 years and it's so strange to think I won't be driving through the gates every day and settling in at my tchotchke filled desk. (I've already taken home two bags of stuff an…
Don't you love it when people use acronyms and expect everyone to know what they mean? Me neither. It's just easier to say PMP instead of Project Management Professional because even the long description doesn't help people figure it out what it means if they don't already know.
Basically, it's like a CPA for Project Managers. You are awarded the designation by a combination of experience, specific education and passing an arduous (200 multiple choice questions with a four hour time limit and it's super secret how many questions you need to get right but everyone seems to say try for 80%) exam. Just as you don't need a CPA to be an Accountant, you don't need a PMP to be a Project Manager but it adds a level of credibility and legitimacy that was certainly appealing to me for my upcoming employment change.
The short story is that, as of yesterday morning, I am one!
The long story follows (I always have a long story, don't I?). Also, scroll to the bot…