Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Kawi is moulting, a phenomenon which turns a reasonably sweet bird into a grumpy monster, only Kawi already IS a grumpy monster. He's dropped several feathers, although it isn't visibly noticeable, and now his delicate skin is covered in painful, sharp pinfeathers. It's just a part of the process of growth and development for a bird, a way to make sure that those broken and tattered feathers are replaced by healthy new ones. I guess you could say that we go through something similar.

When I came home today, I mixed a little kosher salt in a dish and filled it with warm water. I then held Kawi in the dish and covered his sore skin with the warm water. Kawi, who acts like he is on the verge of death if you touch a single tail feather, settled down and even nibbled affectionately at my face after his third dip. It soothed his sore little body, and now he is preening my kneecaps in appreciation (strange little fella).

Today I signed a contract. I told my manager at work, who already knew I would. I attempted to explain all of the reasons, when really, it's what I want. I would love to spend time focussed on International aspects of the business, placing me on journeys to China, Africa, Russia, and the Middle East. Even as I write this it sounds pretty enticing! Still, while I will not have the International emphasis, I feel I will be able to use certain competencies that would be limited in the other position. I will still be able to use analysis, strategy, and similar skill sets.

Sometimes pain is associated with change, and while I was immensely happy today, I also had a little piece of me that realized I am going to miss working here! I still have another month, and have been asked to develop a business plan before I leave. I will be speaking at a conference coming up as well. I will certainly be busy over the next month, but am looking forward to this new opportunity.


  1. Congratualtions on the new job! I've been waiting for updates and wondering what direction you would go. Change can be uncomfortable, but it's always worth it. I'm excited for you!

  2. Thanks, Kara! You are so kind! I am very excited about this new opportunity, and feel confident that it will be a great experience.


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