Last Friday was my last day working in New York City. I opened my office in the city in 1981 and from that time on I have always had an office based private practice and worked part time in a clinic setting. Over the last few years my commute has become longer and more difficult as we moved to Northern Westchester for a variety of reasons, most prominently our concerns about the school's ability to meet the needs of our youngest son.
For 10 years I have commuted ~ an hour a day each way; of necessity, I have had to budget almost 2 hours a day for commuting because of the vagaries of traffic into and out of New York. The travel has begun to wear on me and the multiple inconveniences attendant on working and traveling into New York have accumulated.
I am sure the Bloomberg administration will be delighted to know that government incentives work! I have now closed my city office and taken a full time job working in a Psychiatric Hospital 10 minutes from my house. My office time in Northern Westchester is also increasing, thanks to decreased travel time, and in effect, I have a more demanding schedule than ever for work, offset by the ease of travel.
As a result of my new work schedule, blogging will be spotty in the next couple of weeks until I adjust to my new routine and figure out when I can find the time to blog. My current plan is to resume regular blogging within a week or two, but time will tell if I am being overly optimistic.