Flashback about 2 and a half years ago to when I was standing at a register and gladly handing a bag of shoes over to a customer in Dillard’s. I had carefully walked her packages around the register to hand it to her more personally as I had been instructed, after all, it was Dillard’s. A sharply dressed woman approaches me and asks if I was interested in a new job, I gleefully reply yes and she proceeds to tell me where to meet her to fill out an application and to ask for her personally.
That was literally what I had been praying for the last few weeks. I had just graduated college in December and I was ready for a change in career. I had prayed earnestly for a job to come to me! And that is just what happened. A woman basically walked up to me and plucked me from my current position, I even told her I had prayed for that to happen.
Normally I feel like my prayers can take plenty of time and my patience is tested, but not this time. I had only been searching for a few months and only praying this specific prayer for a few weeks. I knew this was my next move and I’m so glad I made it.
Flash forward to today, my last day at the wonderful Premier Vision. Leaving is bittersweet because I know that I will miss the place that I have met so many great people that I have had the privilege of forming relationships with. This is the place where I was pregnant for 9 months, this is the place that let me learn and grow in new opportunities until I had reached my hatching point.
Now it’s on to a new adventure with a career change I should have anticipated all along. I love training people, I love the lightbulb moments, and I love people. I sometimes look at my path that has led me to this moment and the place I’ve landed seems so obvious. How did I not know I would be a teacher all along?
God has a funny way of leading sometimes and I think I have been on the right path all along. I don’t believe that we only have one right path. I think whatever move we make, God will use us in that place, but sometimes I do believe he has a specific place that we are needed and he moves us there.
I plan on going back to school in the future and pursuing a position as a principal. I know that I will be a leader, that has always been in my heart. I have been led my whole life at all the places I’ve worked and I aspire to gleam every good trait I have ever encountered in a leader and to be the best at what I do.
I know I have years of teaching before that move, but even now I am excited for the future because I have plans. I haven’t been a person with a real plan for many years. I didn’t grow up knowing what I would be or do with my life. I wasn’t like my husband who had someone tell him he should be a youth minister. I wasn’t like one of my best friends who just knew she wanted to be a teacher from an early age. I grew up feeling like something was wrong with me because I didn’t know.
Since my junior year in high school I prayed for what I should be and I never got a definitive answer from God, at least not that I could tell. I went to college and changed my majors every single semester and I even took a few semesters off. I didn’t take the traditional route to get where I am, but I’ve enjoyed learning about things in my jobs along the way. I think my previous jobs and nontraditional route will help me impart wisdom into the young minds I will be teaching.
In short, I did things a different way than most but I know it was just perfect for me. I feel immensely blessed to have met all the people who have given me so much encouragement at my job now. They couldn’t have been more sweet or encouraging. I will miss this place and the people that have taught me how to truly be a premier person.
The picture above is of Suzette the billing ninja!
And a big thank you to everyone who made my last day special by bringing delicious food to snack upon and to Christy and Suzette who gave me a gift card for COFFEE!