So, I’m not actually writing this on Friday, but it will go live on Friday. I feel like I have to close the door on this chapter of my life in the proper way. And much like anything else, when I’m processing something in my life, I find I need to write about it.
So as you’re reading this, it is my last day at my current job – a healthcare system called Fairview. I’m really beyond thrilled to be moving into the City job on Monday and starting a new chapter, but that doesn’t mean I’m without pause or sad to be leaving this one behind. I’ve been reflecting on this for several days now and how much has happened in nine years at this job. I started this job as a newlywed, a new home owner and really still pretty fresh out of college even though it had been two years since graduation. I really consider this my first true “grown up” job. I watched Nate go in and out of several jobs over the course of my time here, though he’s been settled comfortably in his current role for about seven years now. We adopted two cats. We made many, MANY changes at home as we fixed up our house. I sadly had to take bereavement leave a couple of times to say farewell to family members. And of course we welcomed Oliver. Through all of it, my job was there. It was a place I went day in and day out as I dealt with all those other things.
My job itself evolved and changed many a time over those nine years as well. I began as a receptionist on the pharmacy side, then transferred to the location I’m in now supporting clinics after two years. The two years that followed we used to joke I should never let my seat get too warm because I physically moved within our building SIX times in those two years before settling into my current office in 2011. I sweated through several organizational changes that left me wondering if I’d even have a job. My duties and responsibilities changed a number of times as a result of some of those changes, but somehow I stayed. I watched my old boss retire and move on. I truly became a part of a team after the new boss worked to pull us all together a bit better. There were things I loved about the job and things I hated. There were people I enjoyed working with and will truly miss and there are others I cringed if I saw their number flash on my caller ID and well, I wish them well but don’t mind if I don’t see them again.
It’s going to be strange on Monday that I’ll be essentially parking in the same parking lot, but walking into a different building. But while I am waxing nostalgic about a number of things about the job I’m leaving behind, this change has been needed for a VERY long time. I’ve been really needing a fresh start and I just can’t wait to dive in. It will be an adjustment and there will be much to learn, but I’m ready for the challenge. It’s time to (word of the year alert!) embrace this next phase of my life and (mantra of the year alert!) let go of the past and “move on up to the east side.” I’m ready. Let’s do this. Peace out Fairview – but thank you for the last nine years. You’ve helped shape me into the person I am today and no matter what, I’m grateful for that.