A Broken Wrist and Career Musings

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To say the last two weeks have been crazy would be a huge understatement.  Our life has been turned upside down (in an amazing way) with the news we’ll be moving to England this summer.  There’s so much to do, it’s hard to know where to start.  In the meantime, we’re going to enjoy the last six months we have here in Texas.

On Valentine’s Day, we planned to go hiking up Enchanted Rock, a large granite dome a little more than an hour outside of San Antonio, only to be turned away at the entrance because the park was already at full capacity.  Wanting to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having, we found another area nearby suitable for a short hike.

Heading back home, we stopped in the town of Fredericksburg to hang out for a bit.  There was a nice playground on the main strip so we decided to let the kids burn off some energy.  About five minutes into playing, our younger son lost his grip on the monkey bars, landing hard on the sand below.  He immediately grabbed his wrist and having watched the fall, I knew it wasn’t good.  He favored his right arm all afternoon and we took him in for x-rays on Monday morning.  You guessed it.  He had a small fracture near his wrist.  Looks like our little man will have to take it easy the next few weeks.

Ryan Cast

We’re convinced he secretly wanted a cast!

Switching gears completely, our impending move has added an unexpected twist to my working future.  On one hand, I’d love to just quit my job in August right before we leave and be done with it for good.  The main drawback with this plan is that I’ll be just a few weeks shy of vesting in my employer’s 401k.  Quitting then would be leaving a lot of free money on the table, and we’re not cool with that.

One thing I found interesting was the way people reacted to the news that we’d be moving.  For the most part, everyone (both friends and family) reacted exactly the same way.  After the initial shock with a slight hint of jealousy wore off, the next question was always, “So what are you going to do about work?”  Everything always revolves around work.

If I’m being completely truthful, I just want to hang out and allow my mind to relax, get the creative juices flowing, and then see what happens.  We’re presently saving well over 50% of our income and are not strapped for cash in any way.  Additionally, we plan on selling our current house which should give us another decent chunk of change to work with.  Or should I say have working for us.

When asked of my plans in a team staff meeting earlier this week, I told my coworkers in jest I was going to be a European family vacation planner.  They all laughed, but little did they know I was only half kidding.

Back to my dilemma, the best alternative I’ve come up with is to offer to work remotely, for at least a short period of time.  There’s currently a big internal push for employee flexibility and I don’t think there would be a ton of resistance if I pursued this option.  I’m considering proposing a six-month remote working trial period.  If my employer goes along with it and it works out, both sides win.  If we try and the time zone difference combined with the separation from the rest of the team is too much to overcome, then we amicably go our separate ways.

This is probably my preferred route.  It would not only give me a flexible work environment with good pay, but it would also allow enough time to get vested and earn a bit more money.  Then, once annual bonuses are paid in early 2017, all bets would be off.

Even when I do stop working, it’s not like I’ll be sitting around all day doing nothing.  That’s just not me.  I know I’ll find ways to make money and learn tons of new things along the way.  Plus, I’ll still have my part time career as a reservist and I’m working on transferring to another unit somewhere in Europe.  So far, it looks promising.

What I do know is that we’re ridiculously excited about the move.  It’ll be such an awesome experience and we’re really looking forward to fully embracing the local culture!  I don’t know exactly how everything will play out over the next year, but in the end the details will sort themselves out and it’ll all work out just fine.

12 thoughts on “A Broken Wrist and Career Musings

  1. Maggie says:

    I’m sorry about your son! We have yet to hit the ER with a kid (knock on wood!). And your plan sounds perfect! If they let you work remotely, you can hang in there just long enough to get what you need and then GO ENJOY THE UK WITHOUT WORK. I’m sorry I’m yelling. I’m still jealous. 🙂

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    • Mrs. DTG says:

      Lmao I love your yelling!

      Wow, impressive! That was our third trip to the ER! Second for him (he also broke his foot a year and a half ago), and my daughter got nursemaid’s elbow from her brother pulling her up the stairs by the arms 😬😬😬 fun stuff

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      • Maggie says:

        It all seems to center around the “brother” – since our boy is only 2, I think those days are coming. Although my 5 year old daughter is the crazy one – when those two get a bit older, they’ll be putting each other in the ER frequently, I’m sure!

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  2. Encore Voyage says:

    DTG, it looks to me like you are headed to an opportunity to reinvent yourself! This is sooooo cool for you! Yes, it’s scary, but you guys have got it so together, I know you’ll be able to evaluate all the options. I now work, for the most part, remotely, and it’s the best thing EVER! Go to my blog and read a couple of my early posts (What Do You Reallly Want to Be…, and Frank, Warren & Jimmy). We did it, and I know you can, too! You will know you are on the right track when you become disinterested in looking back!

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    • Ditching the Grind says:

      This is such a thoughtful comment and thank you for the encouragement. Yes, this would be a great time to reinvent myself! I’m completely done with this phase and ready to see what’s next. I had a conversation with a friend today that really confirmed for me what I already knew deep down. I’ll check out the posts you recommended this weekend!

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  3. our next life says:

    I love the idea of you being able to work remotely! I hope that works out for you. Not sure if you’ve done it before, but there’s a definite learning curve — you have to totally over-communicate what you’re doing until everyone accepts you’re not just doing the laundry and watching TV while they’re working (or maybe while they’re sleeping, since you’ll be several timezones ahead). But after you learn how to manage that, it’s great. And even if that doesn’t work, I think allowing yourself some flexibility to figure it all out makes tons of sense! Good luck either way!

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    • Ditching the Grind says:

      I work remotely occasionally now, but doing so permanently would be a big step up. Also, I may need to change positions. Lots of details still need to be worked out and I should know more in the coming weeks. Regardless, I think we’ll be just fine.

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