Today's card features one I put together early in the morning Tuesday for my friend Becky. I met Becky probably 13 years ago. I was a discussion leader in the Hopkinton Bible Study Fellowship Class and Becky was put in my group. We hit it off right away. Becky is energetic, funny and totally transparent. I loved her right away and was so happy to watch her grow in her faith during the study. As a discussion leader I would call the ladies in my group throughout the week to ask them about their prayer requests and to help encourage them in their study.
During these weekly calls I learned that Becky was a corporate girl who had jumped out of the fast track to focus on her son. When I met her she had been out of the corporate world for a few years and her son was approaching high school. Becky mentioned that she was looking to re-join the workforce and when a position opened up in my company I told her about it. Well, she interviewed, got hired and worked at my company for 10 years. Tomorrow is her last day. She has decided to move on and get into either teaching at the university level or work in non-profit. I'm so happy for her but will miss her. A few of us took her to lunch Tuesday and when I woke up at 5am and couldn't fall back asleep I decided to use the free time to make a card for her.
I took a few minutes before my dear husband was up to write a short but heartfelt note to her. As I wrote it I tried to hold back the tears. I'm going to miss her and no matter how much we say we'll stay in touch, the relationship will change. After lunch she came by and gave me a hug. I won't see her on her last day tomorrow, but plan to call her next week. I know it will be hard for her to say goodbye. She has a lot of friends in the company.
So, if you read my blog the other day you may be curious about what I'm thinking these days about my career. Should I lean in or recline? Well, if you know me well, you are probably not surprised that I'm choosing to lean in. I have business in my blood. In high school I knew right away that I wanted to go to school for marketing and I was an intense student. I remember staying after class at Clarkson University to talk to my economics professor about supply-demand curves. In my marketing classes where we did case studies I would develop strategies and execute them and crush my fellow students in the competing groups. I've always loved business and thought of turning down an opportunity that I'm qualified for, ready to tackle and being asked to do is not really much of an option.
I'm also reading the book 'What on earth am I here for' by Rick Warren. Rick's book focuses on the fact that God has a purpose for my life and I need to find out what it is and start doing it. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the book, but the theme is evident. Do everything for the glory of God. Be the best business person you can be and as you do it, give glory to God. Now many of you may have no idea what that means. But I get it. I can serve God in the business world by being a women of integrity. I can be caring and compassionate with those I work with. I can model hard work and a clean mouth. I can keep life in perspective and not freak out when things don't go as planned. I can glorify God by not being self-centered but humble and a good mentor to others. So now I'll wait and see how the story unfolds and whatever comes tomorrow, I'll stay focused on being the best I can be.