Today is my last day of work at my current association. I am lucky enough to have found a new opportunity for professional growth at another association, and have worked over the past three weeks to tie up loose ends, and set things in place where hopefully everything will be smooth in the transition to finding a new Director. I leave behind colleagues that have become friends, a solid plan for the year to come, and hopefully new avenues for growth that did not exist before I was here. I could not picture a more positive departure....
...but it still feels weird.
There is something that gnaws at you that you have laid out great plans and potential, but will not be present to execute and evaluate. As much as you can try to transition all responsibilities, leaving behind a strong team is still a feeling of loss. You become an outsider to the insiders.
Of course, there will be a new team and new projects. From what you leave behind, someone will step in and take up the mantle of continued growth and improvement. In between those two moments - of leaving and starting - there is this moment of bittersweet finality. Reflecting on what you were able to do, what obstacles you could not overcome and the legacy you leave behind.
I know many blog posts ask provocative questions, give a top # list of things to implement or consider, or describe upcoming trends. Though this post does none of those, I wanted to capture this feeling of in-between since, in truth, how many of these days do we have in our life?
Tomorrow will bring a new start - new mentors and partners, new strategy and possibility, new community and commitment.
For today, I will simply be open to feeling the loss of my team and the end of my efforts here. I will take my name plate down, turn off the light in my office, and, as I leave, look back one more time at what was another great stage in my professional life.
Here's to a wonderful new year and new beginnings, and to the endings that have brought us here today.