Tstress-Tstress & Tsleep-Tsleep

July 15th

boabab, Malawi

So, let me be honest. I’m a bit of a hypochondriac drama queen. I’ve been through this before and didn’t have TB. And I’m 100% convinced I don’t have sleeping sickness. Shoo tse tse fly! Don’t bother me.
Because I resigned today. And my headache disappeared. May have something to do with the hard 9 hours of sleep I got last night (how is that for reassurance you are making the right choice?). Or it could have to do with the great breakfast I had this morning. But it certainly has to do with less stress.
I’ve loved this job and still love the organization, but I’m moving on to greener pastures — another non-profit within a few minutes of my house on foot, still working with African folk, still focused on public health. Plus, I got a great farewell Africa tour out of this job before I handed over my resignation.
Nope, the rodeo hasn’t arrived in town. That’s just me, headache-free, singing, “Giddy-up!”

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50 Responses

  1. congrats on your decision! i’m so glad u’ll still be working with African issues. you really really really have a way about you and seem like such a caring person – it so comes through in your px, and stories, and even dinner parties – u are definitely a people person – and humanity desperately needs people like you. and while doing such great work – its also great to look out for your own well being πŸ™‚

  2. Congratulations! I wish you the best with your new adventure!!

  3. Congrats! So, you already have a new job lined up? Where will you be working now? So glad your headache is now gone! That’s good news!

  4. wow! my best to you in your new job!!!

  5. Congrats! Best of luck in your new job.

  6. Good for you, Kelli!

  7. Congratulations! I hope you can find happiness and lots less headaches with the new job, can’t wait to hear about it.

  8. Kelli, I just finished reading all your Africa posts (I’m a bit behind, we moved last week). And I got your lovely thank-you letter today. Thanks so much for both! Congrats on your new job, I know what a relief it is to not have that kind of stress anymore. I’m thinking about you as you endeavor on a new journey!

  9. Looking forward to hearing about the next chapter in the life of Africankelli!

  10. Congratulations on your new job! I’m so glad your headache lifted.

  11. I’d think it’d be pretty easy to imagine all kinds of ills when you’ve just been traveling like you have! Anyway, major congrats on the new job — here’s to less stress!!

  12. Oh congratulations!! Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you that not only did you find what I hope will be another great job (and within walking distance, something almost unheard of in my neck of the woods), but you have such a peace about leaving the old one. Fantastic.

  13. Oh, Kel, that is fantastic. Congratulations! And how lucky are you to have not one but two development organzations right there to choose from?

  14. Who-hoo!! Congrats!! πŸ™‚

  15. Congratulations! So great that you can stick with a job you love…Africa and public health, but in a better place for you. Good luck at your new job!! And thanks for all of your Africa pictures, I have really enjoyed them and been inspired. Maybe you should make a picture book/coffe table book type of thing :o)

  16. In response to all your posts while you were gone and now that you are home – thank you. Thank you for posting and the reminder you have given me of beloved Africa. The beauty of your photos reminds me of brothers and sisters continents away who need prayer daily. Thank you for the inadvertent wake up call to my own selfishness and lack of worldly thinking. Praises that you are home, healthy, and making positive changes in work life.

  17. Yea!

    Glad you are able to sleep well knowing you have made the right decision and how great is it that you can walk or bike to work????

  18. That makes two of us!

    Viva la Revolucion!

  19. Congrats on the new job…….


  20. Finally official. Glad to hear you got some rest. Can’t wait to hear more tomorrow night!

  21. Yay! I am so happy for you for moving on to greener pastures and for having relief from your headache. πŸ™‚

  22. Oh goodness, how right the world is – no headache, a good meal in your belly, and a lovely trip behind you. Also, you can’t beat walking to work.


  23. So glad to hear your stress and sypmtoms are gone. Good sleep, good food/fuel and a big stress reliever. Go Kelli! Congratulations on the job/career move! Your new employers are very fortunate to have you.

  24. So glad to hear that you are feeling better. And I wish you the best of luck at your new job. They are fortunate to have you.

  25. Congratulations Kelli. Your new employer is going to be blessed to have a gal like you.

    Also, glad your back from your travels safe and sound. Reading and seeing your pictures makes me yearn to go…

  26. I’m glad you’re feeling better!
    And congrats on the new job and being un-stressed!

  27. Sounds like right decisions all around.
    Congrats and good luck with the new job. πŸ™‚

  28. Best wishes in your new role! I experienced the same sort of lack of sleep when I changed jobs almost 4 years ago. It was only after I started sleeping all through the night that I realized how stressed I was.

  29. So glad your headache is gone. Good luck with your new job.

  30. You go girl!!!!!

  31. Gee have just been catching up with all your photos from the trip….amazing….hope you are feeling better soon and the new job is all you hope it will be πŸ™‚

  32. well done! I had no idea you weren’t happy? it is amazing what are body does to us when it isn’t happy.

  33. πŸ˜€

  34. Congratulations on your new job, getting rid of your headache and getting 9 hours sleep!

  35. Congrats! Isn’t that the most liberating/scary/exciting thing to do?

  36. i don’t think you need to hear it from me, but i guess it makes me feel good to say it, so i will most selfishly say: you’re just amazing.

  37. The same happened to me some years ago. I had problems with eating, sleeping, lots of headaches. Then I resigned and suddenly no problems at all! I’m sure you made the right decision. My best whishes for the new adventure.

  38. Congratulations Kelli! And best luck for your new job x

  39. Another place in your field, right down the street? Wow! It’s meant to be! Good for you; I’m contemplating such moves myself as similar signs are there for me. Congrats!

  40. Congrads Kelli! I’m very happy for you.

  41. Congratulations on making the change! Best of luck with the new job πŸ™‚

  42. Your body doesn’t lie!! Good thing you listen to it. HOORAY on the new job and this next adventure.

  43. Good for you! Hope your new job is everything you want it to be!

  44. Best wishes to you, Kelli, in this new venture in your life. I applaud you for listening to your personal needs and goals–and then taking positive action to achieve them.

  45. Good for you, Kelli! Congratulations on your new job!

  46. michelle July 18, 2008

    congratulations on your job move. Can’t wait to hear all about it, especially the fact that you can walk to work now.

  47. Congratulations! I look forward to hearing about the new adventures awaiting as you take your next steps!

  48. oh kelli!! i realize now that when i emailed you i had missed so so much in blogland πŸ™‚ congratulations my friend!! i am so, so happy for you. great adventures lie ahead!

  49. Hey Hey! Congrats on the new job gorgeous lady.