Moving Fearlessly

“Have no fear of moving into the unknown.

Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”

~Pope John Paul II~


I’m not afraid, I’m excited.

One week from today, my workplace is moving. I’ve been at the current location about 18 years. In that time, I’ve had three bosses and there’s been various changes in office support staff. Our physical location has been bought and sold three times and we’ve seen the best in a landlord and the worst in a landlord. I’ve been doing my job in an office with an east and south window, that is cool in the winter and warm in the summer (because the air flow of the heat and air conditioning has been less than magnanimous). Our management team has grown and the conference room now turns into a sardine can when everyone shows up for a meeting.

All is very well, in remembering the old.

I have many memories from this place, including the various violets and plants that have lived and died there; the toilet paper escapades; the chewing mice chronicles; birthday and Christmas potlucks; discussions about Packer wins and losses; watching the maples change color in the fall and the tethered kids from the daycare walk past; having strangers stop by because they are lost and need directions; and, of course, the many years of dealing with budgets, personnel, projects, and “other duties as assigned.” I went through a divorce, said goodbye to three furry friends and bid my father adieu during the 18 years spent in this red brick building.

There is faith and confidence in this move.

Preparations for the move have been underway for months and we’re almost ready. A few details remain, such as packing files and office supplies and the odds and ends from the back hall closet. We have to unplug the computers and clean the refrigerator of its outdated contents. For the last few weeks, my office mates and I have been purging years of stuff, sending it either to the garbage can or off to Goodwill. I’ve had practice with submitting purchase orders, picking out carpeting and paint colors, and dealing with IT people, the movers and the new landlord.

There’s no harm in paint, right?

Some of us were able to add an accent wall to the new office. Here’s mine:

The color is called, “It’s my party.” Aptly named and chosen because the color goes well with most of my wall decorations and because it IS my party and new office. I’ll be retiring from here, so why not look at a nice color for a couple of years before hanging it up. Right?

While I’m not exactly moving into the unknown, I have tried to be fearless and have faith that the move will go as well as a move can, and that no harm will come to the walls or furniture or anyone’s toes.

Think good moving thoughts for on January 24th and 25th. We’ll definitely appreciate anything you throw at us.


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22 responses to Moving Fearlessly

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    It’s a great colour, Mary! I hope it brings you many days filled with good energy.

    If you haven’t already, I recommend that you take MANY photos of your old facility. At some point, you will appreciate having the photos to go with the memories – and you have a lot of those 🙂.
    When I left my job to retire, I took some photos, but in hindsight, not nearly enough (I worked in a secure facility and photos were not allowed, so I had to take them surreptitiously).

    Good luck with the move. It sounds like you are well organized, but stuff happens. I hope that ‘stuff’ is minor and inconsequential 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks for the positive note about the color, Joanne. Everyone else chose shades of teal and blue, but I chose to be different. It looks so pretty in person and I’m excited to finally move in. I’ll take a few photos of the old place this morning. There might be a subsequent blog post involved! 😉

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        This post is making me wonder where exactly those photos are that I took. Hopefully they’re buried somewhere in my photo library.
        I look forward to Part 2 of the Great Move 🙂

  2. shelleykrupagmailcom says:

    What a happy color! Good luck on the move – I can’t wait to see how you decorate your shelves in the new space!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Shelley. I’m looking forward to creating my new space at the new office. I’m not sure I’ll have shelves, but will have to find a new place for the office plants. Some have been used to a southern exposure and will be moving to a east or west exposure. I hope they like it there.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I like the color and the name. I hope dealing with the IT folks hasn’t been too hard. If it has been, please don’t paint me with the color “guilt be association.” We’ve moved twice in my almost 30 years, and I was thrilled when they announced that they had signed a lease, keeping us in the same place until long after I will be gone.

    Moving an office is hard work. Keeping all the business stuff in motion during a move, is even harder. When you get settled in front of that Party wall, I hope you treat yourself to an adult beverage and a pat on the back.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The IT folks for the office move are wonderful. The guy that works with telephone/cell systems has been around for a long time and knows what he’s doing. He and our usual field tech will be here on moving day and I’m pretty sure it will be fine. We have another project in early February that involves IT and that is the time I’ll be concerned.

      I absolutely will have an adult beverage when the move is done. Absolutely!

  4. loisajay says:

    It’s My Party–what a great name for a color! I count the add-ons to our building, which has been three. First we built out, then up. My department has also moved three times, and I love where I am now. Change is good. Enjoy the move!

  5. M-R says:

    M-J, the longest I ever spent in one job was five years: it’s beyond me to imagine eighteen in a single employ … But my peripatetic existence does enable me to understand how very odd it must be for you, this move. Definitely, bravery is called for; but then, you are a very brave person, so you’ll be just fine !
    Neverthless, I wish you all the best – really, just for the setting-in period to be over quickly.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It does seem very odd to move out and we will have some adjusting to do at the new place. Then again, we’ve been trying for the last two years to get to a new place because of the space issue and because of the worst landlord ever. We will not be sorry in saying goodbye to him.

      Oh, and I was very brave today in throwing away years worth of old papers so as not to be deemed a pack rat. 😉

  6. Claudia says:

    I love the idea of a new office! I used to move myself (home) every 7 or 8 years…I loved picking a new house, a new theme, a new “me”. Been here for 15 years, and doubt if I’ll get the thrill of a new world again. So have fun with yours!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      There are so many positives to this new place that it’s easy to be excited about the change. I’ll be glad when we’re all settled in and are back to so-called normal.

  7. joey says:

    Nice color choice! I couldn’t look at red all day, I’d go mad, but I love red. Red is invigorating and energizing and well, that’s why I’d go mad 😛
    The longest I’ve worked anywhere was 4.5 years, and much of that was part-time. The only thing I can compare 18 years to is marriage.
    I’m so glad I left my old office before the moving. I hope someone got a nice new desk.
    I hope your new space in this new place is a wonderful one and brings you much occupational happiness. I’ll be sending you all my best wishes 😀

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Joey. The wall is actually a pinky, orangy salmon color. Hard to explain, but it’s actually very pleasant in person. Yeah, I’ve been married to my desk for several years now, but looking forward to the new view.

      • joey says:

        It’s very pretty. Pink, orange-y, salmon color even prettier than red 🙂

  8. Aunt Beulah says:

    I’ll be sending you good moving thoughts for sure and wishing you happiness in your new workplace. Also, I love the accent color you chose for our new office.

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