No time to get a blog-post in edgewise

Every blogger has an internal line drawn around the boundaries of what they will or will not share. When boundaries change, sometimes a new blog is required. A Mother’s Angst was initially intended to be a place where I poured my heart out, sharing tales of woe and lessons learned during the raising of my brood. Unlike most “Mommy Bloggers” my brood are mostly grown. My angst is all about the challenges of teen years and the mistakes of young adulthood. I’ve come to use that site as a forum for exploring my faith. I’ve learned a lot through parenting teenagers. An important lesson has been the need for faith – trusting God in all things, including the transition of these children from the “my care” to His. They’ve always been His, but I mistakenly believed that it was up to me to do this…alone. Now I know better. That site will live on. But this site? This site will be the place for me to explore the evolution of my career.

If you don’t already know this, my “bread and butter” are funded by my career in product development. Like any proud Mama…I have pictures. Here are my last two deliveries (Latitude E4200 & XPS M1730):

For the last year I’ve been operating in a new role in a small company that bridges two large companies  (one is headquartered in Taiwan). I love delivering product. I love pulling together all of the engineering effort and coordinating with Marketing and the Factory, etc. But I haven’t loved some of the other challenges. In fact, certain elements of my work environment have motivated me to write, dream of writing and write some more. By the end of 2009, I was ready to walk away from developing computers and focus completely on developing plot and characters. I couldn’t see continuing in the meat-grinder, reporting to an ineffective manager who exhibited little interest in our operation.

Then, finally, blessed relief. Although I’d prepared myself to walk away from my career, instead much-needed organization changes (including the elimination of my manager and his assistant) are allowing me to grow in my career. I thought I was ready to change from engineering to writing but it seems that’s not the case. I’m now the head of my small company and I am energized by the opportunity. I’m actually in charge of the US operation!

Priority 1 is finding an Office Manager/Administrative Assistant who can help carry the load. Right now I’m busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. Friday I interviewed 5 candidates. Monday I’ll interview 2 more. I’m asking the Taiwan Executive Administrator (my boss’s assistant) to follow-up with phone calls to the top 3 candidates. I’m also praying for God’s wisdom and guidance.

And so begins a new journey.

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