Wednesday, November 15, 2017

When you just gotta go.....

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So... this Friday, at my job, it will be my 25th anniversary.
Unbelievable.  Where did the time go?

Also... this Friday, it will be my last day on the job with this company.

So yeah... all the secret talk that's been around the blog for the past few weeks.... here we go.

My last day is in just 2 more days.

I can't believe it.  It truly doesnt feel like its real life.  But oh, how much it really is real life.

I wish I could say I was quitting my job to go explore the world (or at least Disney World) or I was opening a knitting store, or opening up a dog rescue center... something fun & exciting.  But alas - it's just real life pushing me to make a move.

You've all heard me here talk about health insurance for years.... well, at least for the past 10 years when our health insurance was taken away from us at work.  It's just been a nightmare - that only has become scarier & more frightening then ever as each year has passed.  & when I got my letter from my current insurance provider that they would no longer even be offering insurance in 2018, I knew I had to make a change.  Nothing was going to improve sitting in the same stagnant place.

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I prayed about it & put my resume out there.  & I have to say, I truly feel like God has moved me into a new & exciting place.

I had two prospectives that both were trying to entice me to come to their companies & its so funny because coming out of both meetings with each, I was sure I was going with one & not the other... & God just worked in the smallest - & biggest - ways to totally switch that idea in my head & now, I'm going to the one I truly feel like God is pushing me to.

I'll be working in a law firm - hello, that's new... in their finance department.  I'm really excited about it because there's so much opportunity there - for me & for them.  When I interviewed, their first words to me were, "You are so over qualified for this position, we dont even know why you're here" - my answer was "Health insurance" #truth... I'm nothing but honest.  But after talking with them, they were excited to use my 25 years of experience in the office & accounting department to use me in a whole new way for this position.  I think we're excited on both sides about the possibilites.

Change doesn't come easy for me. It never has.

I am the person that cried for a week leaving my 5th grade teacher because I knew I'd be going to middle school & never would see her again.  (I could still get choked up about missing Mrs. Miller)

& let me tell you, its tough.... so tough... to think that I have truly grown up at my current job.

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I started at this company it when I was 20 years old.  I wasn't even dating Ricky at the time.  I lived at home with my parents. I was a mere baby....

& I think of all the things that have happened to me during the past 25 years....marriage, family & friends lost, pets lost, new pets gained, becoming an aunt, becoming a Nanny, all the health issues through the years - Lord knows all the dental issues through them too.  A lifetime of things that I have shared with the same people.  Yeah... I'm just not good with goodbyes.

It's also just scary to start over again.  I'm 45... & I'm feeling like a kid starting high school or college for the first day.  Will I fit in?  Will I catch on?  Will I be able to handle a whole new way of daily life? .. it's going to be an adventure.

As for my blog? I'm not even sure how its going to effect it, but I honestly know my daily routine is getting ready to get tossed on its head.  I'm not going to ever give up my blog - that's for sure - but I'm not sure of the regularity of it all.  We'll figure it out... I hope you stick with me as I settle in & find my footing in my new path.

So yeah.... my last day is Friday... & luckily, I'm taking next week off.  I actually had it off for vacation anyways &with  my new employer, my new manager is off so they just told me to start the Monday after.... which I'm excited to get that week off to breath, adjust, meet with some friends for lunch, get my tree up... just learn to slowly adjust to my new life.

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I've been taking boxes down to my car slowly... it's been boxes of memories going through old papers & pictures & notes & all the small things you collect in 25 years time.

While scared, I'm excited & hopeful to see what the next 25 years holds....

I just know it holds an ease of mind now that I'll have health insurance.  As someone who has struggled for 10 years to find insurance, it feels like I've hit the lottery.... truly!!!

Lift a prayer for me if you dont mind - on the transition, on the new job, on all the change....

& Ricky would say for him too ;)


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  1. I knew it!!!! When you mentioned some changed last time I thought "I bet she's going to be starting a new job". 25 years at the same place (starting as a "youngin") is rather impressive! I can totally see where this change will be scary but hopefully SO worth it. What wil your new hours be?

  2. I am SO proud of you (and I totally guessed!!)!!! OF COURSE this new law firm is so dang lucky to have you, lady! And you'll get to make tons of new friends and spread your light to a brand new group of people! I'm so happy for you! You're going to be great! And enjoy that week off!!

  3. Oh wow, this is awesome and exciting! What a huge relief that you'll have reliable health insurance. I remember all your struggles with it. I hate change too. Just remember that starting a new job is scary and intimidating but that it will get better and soon feel like home. Congrats and hang in there. They're lucky to have you!

  4. This is so amazing!!! I'm so very happy that you found a new job with health insurance. I too hate change but sometimes change is good. Starting a new job is a bit frightening but I'm sure it will be amazing and everyone will love you. How could they not. Thank you for this post. I'm in a similar position (I do have health insurance but I'm completely under paid) and have been thinking about making a change but I have been to afraid to. I think you just gave me the kick in the butt that I needed. So thank you!!

  5. Yay! How awesome!! They will be so fortunate to have you and if for some reason they don't like Beauty and the Beast, you'll convert them - I know! :)

  6. Yes! I think this is exactly where God wants you to be! They are going to LOVE you!

  7. AH! What exciting news! I'm sure it will be an adjustment period - but I remember how stressful healthcare was last year, between a rock & a hard place with no good options. Onward & upward, indeed!

    I know you'll keep us posted on how things are going.
    Will you & Ricky still get to have occasional lunch dates?

  8. Congratulations to you! So proud of you for having the courage to make a change and it sounds like you're going to be at a great place! Goodbyes are hard but sometimes change ends up being the very thing we need in our life. (take it from someone who never thought she'd move again) :)

  9. While change is never easy - it sounds like you have a really fun opportunity to do something new and get health insurance which is incredible! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  10. Congratulations on the new job! God is certainly a Provider, isn't He? Sounds like you've made a very good change and I wish you all the best!

    P. S. I don't like change, either, but you'll do GREAT!!

  11. I'm sorry you have to leave your current job, but it looks like you have a fantastic opportunity ahead! Enjoy your week off, and I know you'll be ready for this new adventure!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  12. I thought this was it.

    I am REALLY excited for you. I think your energy will be great for any new office. They are lucky to have you!

  13. WHAT! wow. big news girl. this is super exciting too. what a huge change. 25 years is a long time. but it sounds like you made the right choice, and health insurance is nothing to sneeze at, especially in this country. so congrats! i am so excited for you. i am 100% positive you will fit in, catch on, everyone will love you and you'll be there for another 25 years ;) congrats!

  14. I am so happy this worked out for you!!! 25 years is an amazing accomplishment! Being in HR you just don't see the longevity on people's resumes like you used to. I am so glad you have felt God's hand in all of this because when He truly leads our path and we are submissive, it's only up from there! Your loyal followers will be with you through all of this and posting when you can has always been a philosophy of mine. Congratulations and enjoy that week off break!! Sierra ~
    Beautifully Candid

  15. How awesome - congratulations!!! It's going to be the best move you ever made, you'll see! I recently did a very similar thing after being at the same job for 19 years. Change IS scary, but sometimes, you just gotta do what's best for you.

  16. Congratulations!! Two companies trying to get you to work for them, very impressive! Oh, I will definitely be praying for you on Friday. I can't imagine how hard that will be.

    Health insurance!! What a weight lifted off your shoulders now. You don't begin this new adventure alone, so many people will be praying for you as you start your new job. I for one, will not stop reading your blog. I look forward to hearing about all the blessings you're getting at your new job!

  17. I can't believe you have been at your work for 25 years. I am excited for your new adventure and health insurance. Plus you get a week off. Enjoy it!

  18. I had a feeling! Congratulations on the new job and the new chapter!! My "word" for the year is change and I have a couple of things posted on the side of my blog about change. Take a look. It's all good, dear friend!! It's all good! Prayers for you (and Ricky) daily!! Count on them.

  19. I’m soooo happy for you!! I’m sure you’ll love it, and they’ll love you. As for the blog, when I started my job a year ago my blog just went downhill from there. I’m glad you’ll still be around!

  20. I'm so happy for you! Not being afraid to make a move is huge and it's giving it to God in a way that feels so unnatural.
    And after 25 years...I can't imagine. I've never been in the same position for more than 3 years.

    Good wishes and prayers for you and your'll be great!

  21. Wow, congrats on the big change! That is awesome news. I understand - I cried all the way home from my last day of work at the job I was at for only 5 years so I imagine it is tough to say goodbye to somewhere you grew up. I'm sure you will do great at the new job and it will be worth it to have your health taken care of!!

  22. Oh yay!! I sort of guessed this is what you sort of eluded to. I am so happy and proud of you for making the change. I know you are going to fit in just fine because you are too sweet and I think this is going to be amazing for you!!! Enjoy your last few days in your current role, but don't be anxious about the new one. It sounds like it was where you were destined to go!

  23. I’m really excited for you! I know that your new employer will be so happy to have you - and having health insurance will ease so much of your stress.

    I’ve been with the same company for 15 years, and worry sometimes that something will happen & I’ll lose my job (they periodically have layoffs). If I have to put myself out there & then change my routine it would be so scary. I’m really proud of you for going out there & getting what you need!

  24. I was wondering if it was going to be a job and how awesome that God has given you such clarity and peace about your choice. I have a friend that gave up her job instead of moving for them and even without a job she's feeling so at peace with God leading. Congrats on the new adventure and the time off next week!

  25. I worked at one school for 21 years, and this past spring I was involuntarily transferred across town. It took my principal a while to make the decision about who, and though I didn't think it was me, I found myself praying that I handle it by grace and with calm. Two days later, I learned it was me, and I felt so at peace about it. Though moving things was hard, and dealing with the junk left in my new room was a challenge, being transferred was the best thing that has happened to me career wise in a long time.

    I am so thankful for the change.

    It's also been eye opening and made me wonder what's next. Though we just moved last year, we're looking at a bigger move in the next few years, and I'm excited about God's plan for us.

    You will thrive! And here's to health insurance.

  26. GIRL! So glad I caught this post. This is HUGE!!! And CONGRATS. What a huge change but I know there will be amazing things in store in this new role. I'm so excited for you and even more excited you get a week off.

    I can't wait to hear about the new position and how much you LOVE it. They are blessed to have you

  27. Congratulations! Change is good (albeit hard) and I do believe once you're over a certain age it helps keep us young. Enjoy your new role!

  28. Good for you! And how exciting! Can't wait to hear how everything is going next week!


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