Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Simplifying Part 2 - Transitions

Well, since I've been partly outed, I guess it's time to get on with the rest of the life change confessions. I didn't want to come out last week, since it would seem like a copycat post after Lauren's. So, this week is the week.

Librarian Sarah
Yes, it's true. I'm going to become one of those book-worm-ish ladies who wears polyester double-knit skirts and comfortable shoes and my hair in a bun and horn-rimmed glasses. On a more serious note, I've been somewhere inside longing for work that isn't just about enriching shareholders (not that there's anything wrong with that) and building my own wealth (not that there's anything wrong with that - but it can't be the only thing). A great opportunity came up to use my technical skills within an academic library. So, starting next week, I will step away from the tech industry and into something very different. Technically, my title is "Systems Librarian". I will be working on the library web site and web systems, using social networking software to enhance research, doing my own research, and writing web modules to improve "information literacy" for students. I'll also be doing a little of this and a little of that, since it is a small library.

With this new role also comes the opportunity for a different lifestyle - one where there is more vacation and a more predictable work schedule. This will help toward our overall goal of life simplification.

Bella Sarah
Yes, I've decided to join the mischief and mayhem of the Velo Bellas for 2009.

After Rick's crash, I've been really uncertain about my own racing future and what I want to do in that respect. I knew I would not be the kind of fully committed team mate I needed to be for the Girls in Pink. It has been a wonderful 2 years learning to race safely from Lorri and then racing and training with some fabulous women. I am a true believer in the mission of what Lorri has built - to teach recreational cyclists skills and teach competitive women to race safely and with confidence. So, I still plan be involved in the club aspect of the program and clinics, in whatever way I can be helpful.

So, my main goal for 2009 is to just have fun with my own cycling and competition. And, with the Bella focus on fun and free-form structure, it is a perfect fit.


Velo Bella said...

Your new job sounds soooo exciting. I would love to do something like that (if I had the skillz anyway)

and, let the mayhem begin!

CyclistRick said...

Mayhem! My rallying cry.

I do not know why I get blame/credit for outing you. You knew that you would be 'out' the minute you wore that kit outside, and especially when you did it in a ride with so many folks.

Good luck in the new job. And let me know what I can do to help/support in the transition.

twinkiepatissier said...

ooooooh, if you have access to the system, can you bump me up on a book hold queue magically?

LAUREN said...


that's super cool! i remember a while back when you and i were chatting about changing things up a bit.

i'm so excited for you! congrats sarah!

chatterbox said...

vb - thanks. Mayhem ensuing asap!

c-rick - as always, thank you for your support and help and everything. You are the best!

twinkie - yes, if one were to provide me with gifts of beer, chocolate, etc., I could bump that person up on the wait list! :)

lauren - yep! Thanks! Glad you are also pursuing a passion with the new gig.

NadiaMac said...

Horray for more vacation and life simplication. I've been thinking a lot about both topics this fall.. congrats!

Groover said...

Congrats to Librarian Sarah and Bella Sarah. Change is as good as a holiday. Isn't that what they say? All the best with the new job and new team.

meh-wee-uhn said...

*tenting fingers*

velogirl said...

I want mayhem, too!!!!


chatterbox said...

cara, marian, groover - thanks!

vg - We'll bring some mayhem to the SVBC Winterfest!

Angela said...

Sounds like some great changes, Sarah! I pray the library job goes well and that the shifted focus on cycling is good for you.

chatterbox said...

angela - thank you!

Shannon Brown said...

Sounds like you're mixing things up quite a bit. Good for you- I'm all for simplifying. Hope the job and cycling changes are what you're looking for.

alicat said...

having worked in schools for the last 12 years, i have always seen the librarian position as one which is both fufilling, challenging, and more peaceful than many other jobs. sounds like a great combo!

angela said...

Congrats Sarah! The new job sounds really cool! :) Btw, if you're ever looking for any contacts in the library world, my boyfriend works at one of the Stanford libraries, and he builds websites using Drupal.