Life’s Playlist…..Hello, Goodbye by The Beatles

Life’s Playlist…… One Day More from Les Miserables

Movin’ On…..

Six years and ten months ago I started the most rewarding career adventure of my life.  On Friday it ends.

In August of 2010, I was hired by Berman Enterprises as Marketing Director for a struggling shopping mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Downtown at the Gardens.

The adventure that began that summer was more exciting, demanding and fulfilling than I could have dreamed.

 

I went to work for six young guys who had purchased the property in hopes of breathing new life into the failing shopping center.  We did that.

Those six young men were the best guys I have ever worked for.  They cared about what they did, they cared about the properties that they owned and they cared about those of us who worked for them.

I felt part of an extended work family that made me want to do my best everyday.  That familial spirit that was instilled in all of us from Kevin, Adam and Casey, Jeff, Brian and Ben Berman was something each of us carried with a sense of pride.

For almost four years we thrived.  From a property that was only slightly over 40% leased when Berman Enterprises purchased it, to a property that was at almost 100% leased four years later is a testimony to all of our hard work and the leadership of our owners.

In 2014, the property was sold to Excel Trust, a management company headquartered in San Diego, my employment was part of that sell.

As a member of the Excel team, I was given the ability  to expand my reach and work with a variety of properties along the east coast of the United States.

During this time of expanded responsibility, I moved back to Georgia, settled into life in my hometown and continued to do work that effectively improved properties across the company portfolio.

For two years, I loved working for Excel.  Six years of an amazing career filled with respect, challenges and opportunity from 2010 – 2016.

In 2016, Excel was sold, my employment went to the new owners.

This Friday, I will put my company issued laptop into a Fed-X box and send it back to the company I have worked for over the last several months.  I resigned last Monday.

As I move into the next phase of “what I will be when I grow-up,” I am at peace.

I have complete peace in knowing that I am doing what is best for me.  I am stepping away from a large salary and benefits for a peace of mind and self-respect to see what opportunities lie ahead.

I’m going to devote my time to my store Impressed, I’m going to write and yes, I am going to write that book.

Over the last months I have been putting more and more time into writing and during the last few weeks have been given a renewed spirit that I can’t wait to explore.

I am 53 years old and I’m starting over…. daunting? Yes.  Exciting, DEFINITELY!

To Berman Enterprises, Excel Trust, the amazing co-workers, community leaders and tenants that I had the opportunity to work with, thank you for 6 wonderful years, now it’s on to the next sixty!

Crossroads…..

When I moved back to Georgia almost two years ago, I thought I had the rest of my life figured out.

I would work for home on a job that I loved.  I would reconnect with family and friends and grow old in the mountains of my childhood.

This new simpler life would allow me to write the story that had been gnawing at my heart and possibly achieve that lifelong dream of publication.

After a year of getting accustomed to my new life, a business venture presented itself and I jumped at it.  My niece expressed an interest in being partners and everything fell into place.

The plan was for it to be a side venture, I would work it as needed and then eventually sell it in a couple of years, making myself and my niece a nice hefty profit.

The story continued to gnaw at me, but with my full time job, and a new business venture it disappeared further and further into the background.

Today, I find myself at a crossroads.

The business venture with my niece has become my passion and my joy!  Every day is a new adventure and I thoroughly enjoy being with her and the other people we have working with us.  We do fun work and get to impact people’s lives in fun, silly, loving, insignificant, earth-shattering ways.

The job that allowed me to move back to God’s Country and take on more responsibility and play a larger role in a company that I loved has done a complete 360.

Over the past 3 years, the company has now been bought and sold three times, I have had five direct bosses and I have gone from being a major decision maker to someone who has no voice and is told by 30-somethings on a daily basis that I don’t know how to do my job.

And then there is the story that continues to gnaw at me.

I am at a crossroads.  I love the business that my niece and I are creating, but for now it cannot afford me the financial stability I currently have.

My job is tenuous and frustrates me in ways that I never imagined.  Seeing my generation pushed out and replaced by 30-something wunderkinds is disheartening and something I would not have expected when we were sold the first time or even the second time…… but you know what they say, “the third time is the charm!”

And then there is the story, I find myself thinking about these characters constantly.  I am getting encouraging notes and emails from people out of the blue who tell me I should write more.  My passion for the story grows daily.

I am at a crossroads and know the road I want to travel, now if I only had the guts to make that dramatic turn.

I will keep moving forward with a faith that my journey has many twist and turns yet to maneuver and a confidence that the story, the passion and the rest will all work out as intended.

Life’s Playlist…. Rise UP by Andra Day

For my friends in Florida who have been, and continue to be, affected by Hurricane Matthew.  RISE UP and know your backs are covered!

Love to all……..