October 7, 2013
I have told the company that I work for that I am leaving. I was having a meeting with two of the partners, my annual performance review which was going very well, when they suggested that I should think about courses or professional development that I could take the following year. I had to come clean.
I told them that I had a retirement plan in place. Then blurted out that our house is sold, the flights are booked and I would like my last day to be November 8, 2013. A stunned silence followed, then I explained what I was doing and they were incredibly supportive and understanding.
Due to the workload and time to replace me they asked if I would work until the end of November. My last day will be November 29, 2013, just 5 days before flying. I have a few vacation days owing which I will take before we move so that I can pack. The last two weeks were only going to be staying at a friends house, so I don’t mind working and training my replacement.
Yesterday I announced the Grand Adventure to the remainder of my colleagues in the Barrie office during our Monday morning meeting. Of course I presented it as a PowerPoint presentation. There were a lot of stunned people after that presentation, after all I am one of the oldest in the Barrie office and I am going to cycle around the world. The remainder of the Company was also sent an announcement later in the day.
I am so relieved that everything went well with the announcement and have been encouraged to keep in touch and would be welcomed to return to work there if a position is available when I return.