How Do You Know When It’s Time to Move On?

Last week my good pal Terry B. celebrated the 4th anniversary of his marvelous food (and so much more) blog, Blue Kitchen. Terry is the one who got me blogging in the first place. (And I will get even. 😉 ) But seriously…thank you, my friend. This has been an amazing ride.

I too am about to celebrate my 4th anniversary, but in a very different way than Terry who, it seems, is more in love than ever with the world of food and cooking. He throws himself into it with abandon (as one should with a passion) and is nourished in new and different ways all the time. That’s a gift that comes when we pursue things we truly love. And if there is anything wonderful calling you that might open up exciting new worlds, by all means…go for it!

But sometimes when you get a calling, it just doesn’t work. Or it works for a while and burns out. Or at least the specific path that opened in front of you burns out – like this blog for me. That doesn’t mean it didn’t have value. To be honest…it’s been great! It just means once again it’s time to listen. Something somewhere is telling me it’s time to move on and maybe take a new path – maybe even one that never would have appeared if I hadn’t dared go down this path in the first place.

I’ve been around long enough to know sometimes you might think it’s time to move on, but what you really need to do before making any major decisions is take a break or change things around in some way that feels more alive. So I’ve done that with this blog – more than a few times as those of you who’ve followed me well know.

But I’ve finally reached a point where this blog – as much as I’ve loved helping folks and meeting all of you – no longer feels right for me.  I’ve been spending a majority of my days devoted to Work Coach Cafe – answering many MANY questions, writing posts, networking with other career bloggers – and yet I don’t make a living as a career coach or even in the world of job search or careers. And while I’ve tested those possibilities in various forms, so far none of it gets my juices flowing.

On the plus side…what still burns bright inside is writing.  I love that and feel this blog helped give me permission to find my writer’s voice. I’m so grateful for that. I also still love to help people. And so I intend to find new ways to do both. But as far as I can see, it won’t be on Work Coach Cafe.

As of now, Work Coach Cafe will stay open. I’ll continue to do short posts just to keep the blog going – at least for a while. And I’ll reach out to some friends to help with that. There’s a lot of good stuff here already, so I’ll simply keep the blog on the back burner, with me only occasionally stirring the pot. But I won’t be answering interview and job search questions any more. Sorry. And I may wind up moving on completely. This part is still to be determined.

Thanks to each and every one of you for your support and encouragement over the last four years. It means more than you can ever know. I will miss you. But for me, it is indeed time to move on.

~ Ronnie Ann

 

About the author…

Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, and on Google+.

Comments

  1. You’ve done a great job and a lot of good in the last four years, Ronnie Ann. I’ve admired your ability to answer the toughest questions thoroughly and respectfully. And I can totally understand the need to move on. Good luck to you in your next adventure!

  2. We’ll miss you! Let us know where you go next.

  3. Hi Ronnie Ann!

    Thank you for all the gifts you’ve shared with so many through your blog, and all the other ways you help support, advise, and encourage others.

    May you find what truly speaks to your heart, and your kind spirit, and enjoy each moment of bringing it to life. I can’t wait to hear which path you choose next (and celebrate it, along with sending you every good wish). You will be simply amazing, wherever your heart’s path leads you and your many gifts!

    ~Shahrzad

  4. D Weathersby says:

    Hi, Ronnie Ann:

    Thank you for providing that “inner voice” to us who needed it when our ears fail to hear what our heart are saying.

    “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
    Mark Twain

    “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
    Albert Pike

  5. All the best Ronnie Anne, I hope it goes well for you.

  6. Hey Ronnie,

    WCC was, is and will remain my favourite career blog, not just for what went on here between you and your readers but for the place you created and hosted so well.
    Despite all this I’m not in the least bit sad to read your news, I’m actually happy because it signifies a new step into the wild blue for you, and I can’t think of anyone who has earned it more.

    Bon chance mon ami and don’t forget to write! 😉

    All my best,

    Paul

  7. I’ll miss your voice on this topic but hopefully you’ll find another way to keep that voice loud and clear! Best of luck figuring it out.

  8. Many congrats on your decision Ronnie.

    Yup … I know all about moving on and am in the process of moving home, country and business.

    Fab times ahead my friend.

    xxLiz

  9. Thanks Terry, Tanya, Shahrzad, D, Karalyn, Paul, Steve and Liz for your kind words! Your support has meant and continues to mean so much to me. Keeping with my new less-is-more blogosophy… I will simply say thanks again and wish you all the best!

    ~ Ronnie Ann

  10. Sorry to see you go, Ronnie Ann, but I’m happy that you’ve found your “writer’s voice.” Hey, if you’ve got an itch, I say, scratch it! 🙂

    Even if you don’t add new content, there’s lots of great advice here for frequent visitors as well as for those who’ve yet to discover your blog.

    Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

  11. Nooo!

    I’ve just come across this amazing blog and you say you’re giving up!

    I am wishing you best of luck for your future career

  12. Oh Nick…if only I’d known that. 😉 And there are still lots of articles that hopefully can help. But hey…I’m not gone yet. Just pulled waaaaay back. Really appreciate your kind words. All my best!

    ~ Ronnie Ann

  13. I have not paid Nick for the endorsement. 😉

    Thanks, Nick. Your kind words mean a lot to me. I’ve put my heart into Work Coach Cafe. Glad it still resonates. Best of luck to you!

    ~ Ronnie Ann

  14. Good luck, Ronnie Ann! Drop me a line sometime. Would love to hear about your writing adventures.

  15. Aw thanks, Stevie! That brought a big smile to my face.

    Long story short…to Stevie and everyone else…some changes behind the scenes, but I will be back in 2011!!

    As for writing adventures, just slowly letting myself write some fiction and even enter contests for the practice. Luckily, those writing muscles grow stronger the more you use them. 😉 Your own adventures welcome too, you know.

    All the best!

    ~ Ronnie Ann

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