A couple of co-workers and I posing for a staged photo
that was used at last year’s leadership conference
(Faces obscured to protect the innocent)
Five months have gone by since I’ve set foot in my office, but work has never been far from my mind. A week before my due date in September 2008, I created a comprehensive SOP for my job, cleared out my desk, and bid co-workers a fond farewell. “I’m off to have a baby and I’ll be back in six months,” I said, knowing that it was a very real possibility that I might not be back.
For the past five months while I’ve been on materntiy leave, I have been weighing all of my options, considering the consequences, and charting the pros and cons of leaving my job to become a full-time mom. Of course, in this down economy, it makes the decision that much harder.
But really, no one resigns from a full-time job at the post office — especially one that’s in the administrative realm. Are you nuts? Yes, I am.
Today, I went to talk to my boss, who was very understanding of my situation. I introduced Baby Champuru to him and my co-workers and dropped off two Sunnyside pies as a small token of my gratitude for our time together. The finality of turning in my ID badge, credit card, and parking pass was somewhat surreal. As of tomorrow, when I call the 800-number to process my resignation, I will be officially unemployed.
I’m so grateful for the years that I’ve worked at the post office, 8 years as a contractor and 2-1/2 years as a postal employee, working alongside the most kind and generous people, who showed me the meaning of the “postal ohana.” Some of my best friends were made during my time at the postal service and I hope to keep in touch with them for a lifetime.
I’m leaving behind a steady, decent-paying job, great co-workers, and the comfort of a disposable income. But, I’m gaining the chance to give my child my undivided attention, to be there for her as she hits every milestone in her early development and to help her along every step of the way.
But honestly, when I look at that face, I realize it wasn’t such a tough decision after all.
Who is Champuru?Aloha, I'm Donna, known everywhere on the Internet as "Champuru." I was born and raised in Hawaii. I'm a Christian. I'm married to my best friend of 18 years, we struggled with infertility and successfully conceived via IVF (and by the grace of God!) in 2008. I resigned from my coveted "secure" government job to be a work-at-home mom to my 3-year-old daughter. Using my degree in Information Technology and the skills obtained in the marketplace, I started my own business. Now, I work from home, taking clients on a part-time basis, working in my PJ's while the little one sleeps. Life isn't always easy, but it's all good.