It started and ended at a Cool Greens in downtown Oklahoma City.
Well, sort of.
In December 2013, I met a friend at Cool Greens for lunch. She’d recently taken a job downtown, and we took some time to catch up.
Unknown to anyone at the time, I had an interview scheduled right down the street.
At my dream company.
I wanted to scream it from the rooftops when we met for lunch that day, but I kept it to myself.
I interviewed the first week of January, and was offered the job in February.
In terms of a job, it was all I ever wanted. Among a handful of companies in Oklahoma envied by all, and highly competitive.
Every other Friday off, a doctor’s office onsite, a state of the art gym, beautiful amenities, completely innovative, and the best people around.
However, leaving my then-current employer wasn’t completely easy either.
It was close to home, I liked the people, I had good benefits, and most importantly- I worked for the best.boss.ever.
Unfortunately, I had successfully burned myself out. I had seven weeks of vacation banked and never felt like I could take a day. I was ready for a change, but only at the right place.
And it happened.
In March 2014 I said goodbye to my friends of nearly six years and took the job at my dream company.
But not before my old company sent me off with a Vitamix.
I left there on a Friday and started on a Monday.
What was I thinking!?
Turns out, the company was everything I thought it would be, and more. Pinch me.
The Lord began preparing my heart for the move during the fall of 2013, and it was worth the wait.
I couldn’t believe I got to work there everyday. Everything was perfect.
Then, the bottom dropped in the oil market.
We nervously watched it go lower, and lower, and lower, hitting below $27 a barrel at the beginning of the year.
How did we get here so quickly?
It was grim, and we all knew it.
Previously, my company never had a layoff due to commodity pricing, but we knew it was probably inevitable.
In January, they announced what we all feared-a large scale layoff due to commodity pricing.
Have you ever been through something like that?
It takes an emotional toll on a person. As the newbie, I was convinced I would be let go.
Office chatter was tense. Each person had resigned themselves to the fact that they were on “the list” for reasons x,y, and z.
I trusted the Lord and spent much time on my knees in my closet, crying out to Him. Telling Him I would trust Him “when” it happened.
And then it happened.
Only, I was blessed enough to get to keep my job.
It’s funny how we can convince ourselves we know what God is doing, and then He up and surprises us.
Staying was a huge blessing, but in a way far differently than I anticipated.
After the layoffs, things were vey different. I quickly decided a few things I had ignored for a long time weren’t going to be as easy to ignore.
Skipping ahead a little, I began to pray about whether I was supposed to stay where I was.
I didn’t want to leave, but I continued to see evident signs that the Lord had another plan.
Through a series of His orchestrated hands, I reached out to a former coworker about a possible opportunity with a new company.
A conversation with him led to a conversation with my former boss, and when all was said and done, a position was created for me at my former company and I had the opportunity to return.
There was a lot of prayer and long conversations with Will in between, but for the sake of this post I think I’ve covered the gist.
I turned in my notice two weeks ago, and finished up work this week.
It was hard to leave because I truly loved where I was. However, I know the Lord was at work in these events.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned these last two years, it’s that trust and obedience in the Lord are beautiful things (but they’re not always easy!).
I know in my heart I am going where I’m supposed to be, but that doesn’t mean I won’t miss my new friends.
I bid farewell to my friends and coworkers Thursday. One of my friends took me out to Cool Greens for lunch that day.
I thought it was fitting, bringing everything to full circle.
A good way to close out one chapter and begin another.
I was so sad to leave my previous job in 2014, but as I drove off Thursday I was actually ok. I’m sad to leave friends, but no tears were shed and I honestly don’t feel that sad. I know I’m going where I’m supposed to.
That’s a good feeling.
I start my “second first day” Monday.
I was off Friday, and Will and I took the opportunity to make a quick trip to Perkins for pie and muffins.
Because how else would you celebrate a new job when you’re an 87 year old living in a 30-something’s body?!
So yeah, big life changes. Again.
I wanted to capture everything here while it was fresh on my mind. I like having this space for things like this.
I also think I might check in a little more often than I have been, how about that!?
That’s it for now. Here’s to a good (second) first day! 💗