At the end of this month I will no longer be the St. Louis Working Mom.
I moved to Charlottesville, Va. at the end of 2005 and continued the job I loved based in St. Louis, Mo., where we’d lived for 17 years. Many of you followed along as a I transitioned to working at home and to living in Charlottesville — a smaller town — after life in the “big city.”
Turns out, I’ve now been blogging in Charlottesville longer than I did in St. Louis.
As I continued to work for the firm in Missouri, I traveled there pretty regularly — sometimes once a month — and was connected to St. Louis daily through phone calls, a VPN connection, e-mail and instant messenger. My head, during the work week, was often in the Midwest while I was physically on the east coast.
It got to be too much. I gave my notice a few weeks ago and will not be employed by a company 760 miles away; instead, I’m starting my own business here in Charlottesville.I agonized over this decision — tears were cried — I don’t think I’ve ever left a job without crying buckets, but in addition to mourning the workplace relationships, I’m finally breaking off the date-nights I had with St. Louis a dozen or so times a year. I will miss it so much . . . Â but look forward to future visits to the ‘Lou with my family — for fun.
Sorry, St. Louis — it’s not you, it’s me.
Jaggers Communications LLC will open for business on January 3, 2011. I’m pretty excited about what this means for me as a professional communicator, a wife, a mother and a member of the Charlottesville community.
What’s going to happen to this blog?! If I had to guess, something to do with pie — stay tuned for a re-branding effort.
And St. Louis? I hope we can still be friends.