May 27, 2016

The Last Day Has Arrived

Today I turn in my badge and walk away from a ten year career with my company. What started as 'just a job for two years' somehow turned into a 'day in day out' that lasted through the years and here is where the story ends. Today, May 27th 2016, will be my last day at Verizon.

I joined the company with a resume employees would laugh at now. My only experience was with an administrative job and I was only a year out of college. Gigs, metadata, Cable labs, mezz files and xmls were words I'd never heard of,  but I learned and studied and learned and here I am today with ten years of media experience. Four managers later and I am the senior member on my team. I've had hats in business intelligence, media operations, content and production and been the self appointed social and 'fun' chair on all my teams.

My pink cubicle is no more and all of my Cowboys paraphernalia has been boxed up or bestowed on other fans and friends. My laptop has been wiped clean of all Pinky and my desk phone no longer has the funny Pinky name a coworker gave it. Snuggies, blankets, snacks and coffee has been packed up and I even found an old CAT5 wire in a drawer from strike training so many years ago.

Career is a word I use lightly as I never wanted a career here. There was too much time behind a computer screen and not enough out in a field working with people. Hopefully my next job will bring a lil more people interaction, but who really knows what the future will bring. I'm thankful for my time here, despite the major ups and downs, this job has been very good to me. I've been able to take mission trips [seven] and travel twice a month for kickball tournaments. Everyone on my team was so kind when I got engaged and so incredibly supportive the month of my wedding. Sick days have never been questioned and working remotely when needed created a unique sense of appreciation.

Yesterday was a crazy day and one that had me nostalgic. I completed my exit interview and leaving the room everything really felt final. This is the end. We had a big team fun day yesterday [kind of cool how that coincided with my last week] and our team played in a kickball game. If I weren't leaving I would have bailed on the game and playing because I'm not really a 'hangout with work people outside the office'. Man am I glad I allowed myself to be talked into playing this time because it was a lot of fun. We didn't win, lost by one, but our team did a great job for having maybe four athletes out there. I enjoyed myself more than expected and actually played really well myself [guest played on another team after our game]. Walking away from the field I honestly felt sad this was the last game I'd participate in with my team.

I am so thankful for my experiences the past ten years. I've been lucky enough to be part of a growing media environment, where every year something new has come from part of our bigger team. Job security has never been a worry as my niche was perfectly carved out in the new and old production.  While there wasn't as much growth as expected, I did gain new responsibilities here and there to keep from staying stagnant.

The nostalgia may be heavy, yet I know in my heart it is time to move on from this job. There are other avenues I hope to pursue and other mountains to possibly climb. The risk right now is big but I believe the reward will be even bigger. So, thank you, Verizon. Thank you for a decade of growth, possibility and knowledge. I go forward smarter and more aware than when I arrived and I plan to use everything I learned in my new adventure.

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28 comments:

Katie Elizabeth said...

Thinking of you today, friend!! Leaving a job (and moving in general!) is always bittersweet. Sounds like it was a wonderful 10 years and cheers to a fabulous future ahead!

LMW said...

Bittersweet indeed.

Marie said...

Leaving a job is always bittersweet. Wishing you much luck in your next adventure. I'm sure it will be amazing because you are amazing. Have a wonderful weekend.

Rebecca Jo said...

Moving on is such a hard thing to do - but life stayed in the same place? What adventure is that? :)

Pamela @ alittleglitter.com said...

Good luck on your new path! I have been at my job also for about ten years and I think it would be bittersweet for me to leave as well. I can relate.

Chelsea said...

Good Luck on your new journey!! I am sure it will bring new things .. Excited for you
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Jen said...

Wow definitely a bittersweet time but I am so excited for you to embark on your new journey.

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Brianne said...

I wish you the best on your next journey! Leaving a job is definitely bittersweet.

Kristina @ Ms.Modify said...

Change is always hard, but it sounds like you have great things coming your way!

Darcy said...

Good luck on your next journey! It is great that you had a job that you liked so much. Definitely bittersweet to be moving on.
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Kate at Green Fashionista said...

A very bittersweet day indeed my friend, sending lots of *hugs* your way! Can't wait to hear what's next and waiting for you in music city <3
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Emily said...

Everyone has said it but it's a truly bitter sweet feeling but great way to spend your final days spending time with coworkers, teammates, friends and family. Enjoy the long weekend!

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

Awwww what a bittersweet post! I know you are going to find a lot of these things in your new home! I just know it!

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

Eeeek, another major milestone in your journey! Enjoy your weekend, friend! You deserve it!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

awwww :) what a lovely post! here's to the next job, the next career, the next 10 years :)

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

Wow 10 years girl, that's incredible!! I have only been in my current position for 1.5 years, but this little clinic has been my baby since I've been here from the get go. The coworkers are the reason why it'll be the absolute hardest, but here's to bigger and better things!

Amanda | Kids and Cabernet said...

I know exactly how you feel - I felt the same way leaving my job when I did too. So many years leaves you feeling way nostalgic and it seems you were very loved at Verizon. Wishing you all of the best on your exciting new adventure xoxo

Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

good luck on your next journey!

Amanda @ A Brownie World said...

What a huge step! Praying you find something wonderful :) Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Sara Elizabeth said...

I'm so amazed that you did 10 years with the same company!! I LOVE it, actually!! Time flies so fast!! I can't wait to see where you go next, and I know that you've got all kinds of amazing skills to share... so the right place will certainly come along and I can't wait to see where it is!

Candace Shiflet said...

That would be so hard to leave a job you've been at for so long! Cheers to you and the new adventures that are about to begin :) It sounds like Verizon was a great place and now you are ready to start even better things, I'm sure! Excited to see where the future brings you, girl!!

Laura Darling said...

I'm glad you had such a good last day!! That's a long time to be at one place so I can imagine it was bittersweet!! When I got my job I figured I'd be here 1-2 years max, but now I'm going on six!

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Aw such a sweet post, and congrats to you for having such a wonderful career with Verizon. Good things are in store for you, just wait and see! :)

Elle Sees said...

Here's a big CHEERS and a huge HUG on your next venture!!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

I am such a nostalgic person, so I totally feel ya! Bittersweet I am sure. But cheers to new adventures!

Morgan Gifford said...

I just left my job working at a pre-school where I've worked for the school year and I'm so sad to be leaving the kiddos behind but I know there's more ahead of me. I hope you enjoy what's next for you!
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Emily at 'a little bit of Emily' said...

So glad you had such a great last day!