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August 19, 2005

Is It a Sign?

If you remember, a week ago I had posted that I was thinking about moving to Phoenix in April when my commitment with my company was up.

Well, a position opened today to manage two of our stores in Yuma, AZ (about 3 hours from Phoenix).

A little background. I've lived in Yuma before...for a year and a half. There were good times and there were bad times. I started out as a sales rep for one of our stores; 6 months later moved up to Asst. Manager and 6 months later moved to the east coast.

The place has grown a lot! From people I've talked to, they actually have stuff to do now and the place is growing like crazy!

So I have a decision to make! A big one! And the more help I get the better because this decision has to last me a little while.


I'd be only 3 hours away from my family in Phoenix. Kiki would live with me again because I wouldn't be traveling.

I don't know ANYONE here in Columbia. I've been here 9 months and don't have any friends. I have nothing keeping me here.

I miss managing people and miss working with people. Right now, if I'm not traveling, I'm sitting in an office going nuts!

I would really shine as a manager again! I know my shit and am good at it! And this would give me a challenge to do that again, except this time with two stores. This would give me that multi-store experience I keep being told I need to have.

My best friend lives in Yuma.

I'm financially sound now where I could enjoy being there. I could take weekend trips to San Diego, Vegas, Phoenix, etc.

I would be working for my same boss I worked with before and I absolutely LOVE her! She was excited when I told her I may be interested and said it was mine if I wanted it.

I would have to stay with the company for another year because they would pay to move me, but then, I would also take advantage of another $5000 in tuition since I'd already be there a year.

My goal would be to stick around until I finished my degree. Speaking of which, I could go to school in an actual classroom.

My company will be acquired by another's just a matter of time. I'm thinking within the next 3 years. If I'm in training then, I will lose my job. They won't keep anyone from corporate. If I'm a manager, I will be pretty much safe.

The person that would be my boss is trying to get the company to give her an area manager (someone in charge of 5+ stores) and I would be in the running for that.


I'd move cross country from my mom, sister and stepdad. They moved down to SC specifically because I was here.

I pretty much can do my own thing as long as I get my work done. I take breaks, lunches, run errands whenever I want. I work at home when I feel like it. I don't have any direct reports to worry about.

I LOVE training. Although, I'm not getting to do a lot of that right now anyway. But I don't feel like I am done developing myself here.

Another move!!

As much as I've griped about my department, I'd still feel a little bad about leaving them. I wouldn't want to disappoint my boss now. She's great and has put up with a lot on my end.

I'd be working with customers again.

I wouldn't have all weekends off and Thanksgiving/Christmas vacation (those are prime retail times). I would get more like 1 or 2 weekends off a month.

No 9-5...they'd be retail hours (although, their hours are more like 9-8 and closed Sundays)

I wouldn't be traveling (a pro and a con because I do like to travel, just not the crazy way we are doing it)

I'm sure I'll think of more pros and cons throughout the day/night/weekend. When I talked to the person hiring for this, she told me to think about it over the weekend. I talked to my stepmom and go her thoughts. I'm going to talk to my dad tonight when he gets home from work.

I talked to my best friend who lives in Yuma. She was trying to be objective and then said, "Who the hell am I kidding. Get your ass over here". She admitted there were selfish reasons behind that....but hey, I appreciate the love!

Napster was the first one I called so she got the psycho Sissy call of what to do. She brought up some great points to consider...many of the ones listed above!

Please....add your thoughts...things I may not be thinking of. Things I should consider.


My stepmom called my dad crying because she thought I could be moving out there, and she knew in the back of her head (and she couldn't tell me) that my dad might have to move to Memphis, TN. So dad called and said he should know in the next 2-3 weeks if he's going to be moving to TN. He asked me if I could stall my company. I will try. He said if he doesn't move to TN, he will definitely have to move somewhere else with his company in probably 2 years.

Nothing like throwing something else into the mix!

Posted by Sissy at August 19, 2005 07:54 PM | TrackBack

Oh sweetie, I'm sorry to hear about your Dad's job. That kinda throws a wrench in what we were discussing. But remember the pluses. Kiki, not traveling, having a best friend in town, not traveling, having job security, not traveling, getting to work with your folks again, not traveling. You see where I'm going with this :) Take your time, make your decision, you know they will wait on you. You are the one they want :)

Posted by: Napster at August 19, 2005 09:04 PM

Wow. Good luck with a decision. Sounds like you know how to think it out. Whatever you decide, just remember to go for it and don't look back.

Posted by: vw bug at August 20, 2005 07:02 AM

No advice from me... except follow your heart...

Posted by: Bou at August 20, 2005 06:06 PM

I will give my husbands tried and true what you can live with 10 years from now......

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at August 21, 2005 12:03 AM

I've still got this coin here, if'n ya need it... ;)

Posted by: Ogre at August 22, 2005 10:57 AM