Thinking about it after the fact, we realized we should have led with more information to cover our bases. For example, "You know we love to travel..." or "We've decided to fulfill a dream..."
Our managers still took it amazingly well once we explained we were not leaving for another job, but a dream. We couldn't have asked for a better conversation from both of our employers. My favorite has been my conversation with my very lovely and caring manager when he asked, "Has it been hard?"
The true answer is yes. This is hard. Although giving our notice was a foregone conclusion and saying it out loud was simply another step in the process, it has been hard. We have co-workers who are truly friends and we hope to never lose touch with them. We have grown so much personally and professionally.
As our last day on February 13th approaches, our heads have been spinning trying to get everything wrapped up. Tongue in cheek...I now know why people only give 2 weeks notice!
It's bittersweet though. We've had great jobs with great managers and wonderful support for our passions, even outside of work. It's surreal to think that in just a few more days we will say our farewells and close the chapter on these careers. We will wake up on February 14th unemployed and world nomads.
We are beyond thankful for our time with Beck and Nestle. And especially thankful for the financial benefits that have allowed us to save for the adventure of a lifetime.