Moving And Moving On

Lots of change going on in the Donaldson household. First off, I got a new job. I liked my old job… I like the people and the projects were interesting, but after 2.5 years I felt like it was time to move on and sink my teeth into something new. Today I just updated my LinkedIn profile to show that I am now an employee of RealPage, a software development company working in the real estate niche. I love my new job. The culture is awesome, the people are friendly and the work challenging in all the ways I was hoping it would be. Here’s my top 3 faves so far:

  1. Great work life balance. The people I work alongside are serious about their work, but they also don’t allow work hours to trump family time. I dig that.
  2. On-site amenities. It may be shallow of me, but I’m really into the furniture here. Cool chairs, tables, light fixtures, wallpaper. I’m a sucker for interior design, not to mention there is also a gym on site. I think it’s the only way I’m going to be healthy (although I haven’t been there yet, but I’m planning to). There’s also a cafeteria with gluten free options, bike paths (and bikes), a game room… and did I mention the cool furniture? I love me an Eames chair.
  3. A desire to be innovative and break the mold. Everybody here wants to do great work. The company wants to do great work. That doesn’t always happen and I think I would feel anemic in an environment of ‘Good Enough’. I’m excited to see what cool things I will help to build.

Going from the agency world to a software company is a bit of a change, but so far I’m enjoying the positives. Agencies, in my limited experience, have tended to be a bit more chaotic. Typically as a developer in an agency, you are creating a lot of cool experiences and then handing them off to companies, never seeing them again. You miss out on seeing how what you have crafted gets to grow and evolve… how things you didn’t anticipate from users push the design and the project to adapt and pivot. I’m excited to see that part of the process and what I can learn from it.

We also became homeowners this month which was a completely unplanned event. Some friends of ours called us up out of the blue and asked if we wanted to buy their house. We now own (or at least the bank owns) a home on 2.48 acres with a barn, a creek, a pond, lots of trees and the beginnings of a treehouse.

I hate moving because… well, moving. However, when I get to feeling claustrophobic from being surrounded by moving boxes I just go outside and man… there is something that physically happens to relax me. It’s really been amazing. My kids LOVE it. My youngest, who was diagnosed with Autism about 1 1/2 years ago (and also has been significantly delayed verbally) has been playing outside everyday for at least an hour climbing trees, playing on the playground, digging in the dirt and playing with bugs. In the last couple of weeks he’s made some significant gains verbally and socially. I have to attribute our new home to these gains. It’s like we are in a home that is healing our hearts and minds. That’s sounds dramatic, I know, but it’s true. It’s not a perfect home by any means. There are scorpions, spiders, numerous updates and repairs to be done… but it’s a place that is fitting our needs well.

To be honest, I feel like I’m on the cusp of something big. There’s been some huge changes. Good changes. It’s very weird… this sense of optimism I have. I feel like we’ve been riding the struggle bus for quite a while now, going from crisis to crisis and paycheck to paycheck. I hate to even type this for fear of jinxing something, but it seems like we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Man, is that a good feeling.