Has anyone else had a stressful beginning to 2017? At the end of last year, it hit me that I have less than ten years left of my corporate career, and I want to make the most of the rest of it. I’m having a mid-career crisis!

In another blog post, I reflect on the top reasons it’s time to change jobs. Those reasons are relevant now as I realize that I want to change or advance in my career. First, increasing my pay will help us in our goals towards early retirement, but it’s more than that – I also want to use my skills to make more of a positive impact on my community.

My expertise is big data strategy. As you can imagine, that’s a growing field, so there are many of jobs out there to consider – actually, it’s exhausting. I could use these skills in a sales or consultant capacity, and for any type of business. I’ve been seeking out the businesses that I would want to work for (again, positive impact) and have gone through multiple interviews already this year.

I know these are all “good problems” to have, but good stress is still stress and really wears me down. Perhaps that’s why I’ve actually been sick for nearly two months?! Well, that and the fact that Mr. Saturday and I are weekend warriors and stuck in the gear “full steam ahead.” Plus, it’s hard to avoid germs when our entire dance group of friends are also sick.

One thing is certain – my career will be at a turning point within a couple of months. I have a couple of great leads, as well as the potential to take a more advanced role with my current company. The kicker (and it’s a good thing) is that all these jobs will be making an offer around the same time. This is certainly the best case scenario. If they come in at the same time, I’ll be able to weigh them all and choose the best option for my future. I’m just feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment.

Questions running through my mind… Which company would I be most happy working for? What type of environment is best for me? Which leadership is most inviting? Since most of my life is spent at work (for now), I want to choose something that will be fulfilling and will make me happy.

Wish me luck! I’ll keep y’all posted as to which direction I decided to go.