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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JULY-AUGUST 2015

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FS KNOW-HOW

Here are some lessons learned

on the retirement transition from

a member of the Foreign Service

who's been there recently.

BY E I L EEN MAL LOY

EileenMalloy retired from the Senior Foreign Service

in 2008 after a 30-year career and continues to work as

an inspection team leader for the Office of the Inspector

General. She served as ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from

1994 to 1997.

F

or my family, 2014 was the year of the big

downsizing. For me, it was the perfect storm.

I spent it helping to dispose of my father’s

80-year accumulation of art and artifacts;

clearing my aunt’s beloved home of a lifetime

of books, papers and knickknacks; and mov-

ing my own household from Virginia to Wash-

ington state—all while working part-time for

the Office of the Inspector General as a WAE

team leader.

Want to guess which of these three big tasks was the most

difficult, time-consuming and expensive? My personal move, of

course. It was the first time I had to move household effects at

my own expense since joining the Foreign Service in 1978.

The Big Downsizing

Retirement

Lessons

We are all set to go. When the moving van arrives, you will be glad

you took the time to downsize.

COURTESYOFEILEENMALLOY