it is with great sadness that I realize my tenure at 3HD will be over very, very soon. it's been a good 5+ years. well, some of it has been hard, but over all, it's been a great place to work. in all the interviews and phone calls I've had this week, I've talked at length on how tight-knit we are, and how it's so great to work for a small company. I'm realizing more and more all the good things I've enjoyed over the last years, and now they're ending. I'm sure very soon, when I'm in the middle of a very different situation, I'll miss many things even more.
the company that is 3HD will continue on, and those who remain will undoubtedly put their all in continuing to serve their clients as well as they're able. things may change, but I trust that it will turn out well.
most of all, I will miss the people. thankfully I'll still see some (it helps to live across the street and be in the same church family), but I'm sure it wont be the same. I suppose it couldnt get much tighter, as I taught some of their kids Sunday school, we borrowed eachother's lawnmowers, built eachother's sheds and porches, shared meals and beers (or cokes), talked endlessly about baseball or movies or geek stuff. I know that they have made many personal sacrifices for the good of the company, and to me, that translated directly into the good of my family. looking back, I feel like I showed up to do my part as well as I could (usually), but they really put it on the line. so I'm thankful. it's hard to end, but I'll always be thankful for the time I've had.
so thanks to Andy, Jennifer, Jacob, Ben, Mike, Matt, Andrea, Mike, Damon, Trippy, David and Ed. thanks for making a place to work that prioritized family, and meaningful, interesting work. I've learned a lot about business, and I've learned a lot about myself, and a whole lot about web programming. thanks especially to Ed (and Jacob and Andy too) for teaching me a whole lot of cool stuff, and for always wanting to use that coolness to serve our clients well.
I'll also miss some of the clients (but not others), and some of the great projects we did (but again, not others). it was very satisfying to have a hand in making tools that mattered in folks businesses and lives, and even help create jobs in some cases.
and then there's the "cool" factor. I used to be so smug as I'd walk down the street in my sandals and shorts and t-shirt, heading to our cool loft space at 9:15, as all the badge-wearers were stuck in their "business casual" in the cubical jungle at 8:00. well, guess where I'm heading? yes, polos and khakis, here I come. and bring on the cloth box. and yes, I will be on time.
indeed, it's corporate life for me now, so we'll see how it goes at the Very Large Insurance Company. I consider myself to be pretty laid-back, so maybe the frustrations my friends speak of wont be so bad? but, as I've said more than once today, if you're going to sell your soul, you might as well get a good price. besides, I've experienced the joys of small companies, but also some of the hard stuff. we'll see what the tradeoffs are now.
of course a lot in me wishes it didnt have to end now, but we know that God is in control. so please pray for us in this big transition. it's been quite a whirlwind, as it was Wednesday that I found out my tenure at 3HD was ending soon, and I've received 2 good (and very different) offers by Monday. we are very, very thankful that this process of finding a new job has gone so well. professionally, I'm excited about what's ahead, but there are many big changes, and many that I havent yet thought of, I'm sure (like the fact that I will undoubtedly have less time to do blogging in the future, as I often did it on a whim or on lunch break at work).
thanks again to all who've prayed for us this past week.