Well, Bye-Bye now

Well, today’s the day, I guess.  

I joined the company in 2011 as a bright-eyed and perhaps somewhat over-eager new product manager.  Today, a shave over eight years later, I say goodbye.

As the saying goes, “the only constant is change”.  This holds true for my journey here and can be seen by the myriad changes I have been through since starting the job:

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Last day as Holiday Tours, 2015
  • I survived the company buyout in 2012
  • I lived through the re-brand of 2015
  • Originally employed to manage South America, to date I’ve had 7 portfolio realignments
  • I have reported to 5 different line managers
  • My “big boss” has changed thrice
  • I have moved offices 3 times and had my desk relocated 5 times (and am thus an advocate for minimalism)
  • I leave Zanele as the last remaining member of the 2011 product team
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Zee and me getting ready to paddle down the Zambezi, 2014

In between all of that, I’ve surfed the wave of highs and lows along with all of you, my colleagues and friends – both current and “ex”.  It has certainly not been all smooth sailing, but instead of a long, soppy goodbye (stop crying like a bunch of girls…), I’d rather take a trip down memory lane to remember the good* times we have had together.

*also, there were no photos of the bad times…

Stuff like:

Being passive aggressive about the temperature of the air-conditioner…

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I’m pretty sure management regrets the “chalk wall” in the new office…

…dressing-up…

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Youth Day, 2016

…a lot…

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St Paddy’s Day, 2014

…like, loads…

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Dress like a Goth (or punk, or Robert Palmer, apparently) day, 2015

…perhaps too much?

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Heritage Day, 2015

Travelling together…

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Turkey educational, 2017

…hosting workshops for the trade…

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Thai cooking class, 2017

…coordinating collections for charity…

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Mandela Day at Jan Hofmeyer House, 2014

…learning first aid…

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OHS training, 2015

…getting excited about that one time it snowed in Jo’burg…

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Snow, 2012

…playing the Chicken Game…

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A year after Chantelle’s departure, we’re still finding chickens

…sneaking around for Secret Santa…

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Christmas, 2015

…eating a lot of sushi with the team in Cape Town…

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Last time in the Cape Town office, 2019

…attending events…

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That random event at the Italian visa processing centre, 2016

…hanging out with the ex-boss-now-competition while abroad (shhhh)…

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South Carolina, 2017

…this…

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“It’s funny ’cause it’s true”.  This text made me laugh non-stop for about 45 minutes

…doing whatever the hell this was…

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Something weird, 2014

…attending spinathons for the Smile Foundation

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Spinathon, 2018

…toilet-papering the boss’s office…

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The great “Dino-Christmas” of 2013

…attempting a Guinness World Record for beading…

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That beading thing that ended up being a waste of time, 2018

…just generally being awesome…

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Rugby World Cup, 2015

…and still managing to squeeze in a bit of work in between!

“If you’re not busy growing, you’re busy dying” – William S. Burroughs

Eight years is the longest I’ve stayed in one place. The job has changed, as have I.  It was time to leave the comfort zone and grow in a different direction.  

Goodbyes are always hard and they are meant to be for a reason – passing so much time together, the people we work with end up being like a giant, somewhat dysfunctional family.  

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Spring Day, 2013

After spending just short of 3,000 days annoying you all with music trivia, I felt compelled to include some sort of musical titbit and decided to leave you with this verse penned by lyricist Marilyn Bergman:

“Nothing lasts forever, forever is a lie

All we have is what’s in between hello and goodbye”

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Last day, 17 May 2019.  Going to miss hanging out with these clowns!

I will miss you all and hope you will, in some small way, miss me too.  Of course, you can always keep in contact by following me on Instagram (@megamalist) or subscribing to my blog (subscription box below) *wink wink*

And so, as I walk out of the office and into the unknown, I say for the last time (in my most fabulous Southern accent)…  “Bye y’all!”

 

11 thoughts on “Well, Bye-Bye now

  1. Sam Grindlay says:

    Natural talent following a natural path…. you’re going to be sorely missed but I have no doubt that you’re going “onwards and upwards!”

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields
    and until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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  2. HB says:

    Good luck and God Bless, you are one of the most awesomeness Women I have had the priveldege of working with. May all your dreams come true. Till we meet again. Safe landings

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Genevra Oldroyd D'Arcy says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your time at Holiday Tours! Good luck with whatever new adventure your feet take you to – and it will be awesome because you are awesome sis xxx

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