Well, after 18 long months of him hitting 20% of his sales target, my former boss, the regional sales manager for North America, was canned about a month ago. In the month that has followed some things have come to light that have left me looking very good. This culminated on Friday in me being informed that I'm finally getting the raise I'd been hoping for in March, and it's actually better than what I'd been hoping for - it's more than a 20% increase over my current rate. I suspect, in some ways, this is in part an apology of 18 months of working 1-on-1 with a self-important looney toon as a supervisor - it's not fun. I also suspect it's partially to make sure I don't want to leave and go elsewhere.
This drastically changes the path I thought things were going to be on, with my position increasingly safe for the time being and the potential that, in the near future, I could have subordinates of my own.
This has, as you might imagine, lead to a lot of happiness and celebration over here. It also means that something that I've wanted to do all year has finally been green-lit, something that I've really wanted because it was important to me as a collector and a father - but more on that in the near future.
More importantly, this means that we'll have a little more breathing room in our budget and be able to start rebuilding some of our savings again and wipe out some debts without having to strip all the fun out of life. So I'm definitely looking forward to that. My plan to finish paying off my loans is also back on, with a plan to finish paying them off before 2020 is over - maybe sooner.
It has also re-ignited my wife's dreams of taking a cruise in about a year - sooner than we'd thought, even with her working some now. I can't really hold that enthusiasm and joy against her though. We haven't had a vacation in a while now - but that too sometimes comes with the territory of young children that don't travel easy. I guess I don't get to have all the fun in the wake of this news.