Tuesday, May 12, 2009

15 Years!

15 years! Today is my fifteen year anniversary at my day job. It's my second home. I spend more waking hours there than at my house. My co-workers are definitely my second family. My identity is very wrapped up in it, just as much as my identity as a wife/mother/daughter/niece and as a romance writer. I've come a long way in fifteen years, both in my career and in the rest of my life. Sometimes when I sit in my boss's office and we're discussing big problems with our system, staff, or donors, I remember back to my college days when I dreamed of being in this exact role. I wanted to be like Melanie Griffith in "Working Girl" - a manager with my own office, in charge of a department (or two or three), and tackling big corporate matters on a daily basis. Well, I made it. I'm on the right path and in a good place. I'm not a director yet, but I am a manager and I have a very interesting job that benefits a lot of people beyond myself. I've seen my CEO leave under gunfire. I've seen Y2K come and go. I saw the horror of 9-11 first explode on the TV while I was at this job. I've prayed with my coworkers often. I've battened down from hurricanes and cleaned up after at this job. I've seen people die, lose spouses, marry and even remarry. My youngest son who is now 14, was born while I worked here. I've done a whole lot more at this job than I ever dreamed. Our building isn't in the middle of a huge metropolis like New York or downtown Miami or even Ft. Lauderdale, but we have an extremely nice building with good equipment and office furniture. We have a beautiful yard - more beautiful than looking at a smoggy metropolis with tall buildings that block out the sun. I don't have a Harrison Ford look-a-like wooing me, but then again I'm married. I work for a charity so I have the honor and privilege of helping a lot of people which isn't something I imagined in college but which is something I'm very happy about now. During this time I've also become a published writer. I've gained a beautiful daughter-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren. We bought our own home. I lost nearly 100 pounds (and regained some). I've loved this fifteen years and I look forward to the next. Maybe I'll be promoted to director one day. Maybe I'll be published by Harlequin or Dell. And maybe I won't. I've achieved so much already that I can never be disappointed with my progress. I've achieved so much and I have a great life. Whatever happens from this point is more gravy. You'll also want to see what Amarinda Jones, Anika Hamilton, Anny Cook, Barbara Huffert, Brynn Paulin, Bronwyn Green, Dakota Rebel, Kelly Kirch, Molly Daniels, Sandra Cox, Regina Carlysle, and Cindy Spencer Pape are up to, so make sure to visit them also. :)

1 comment:

Caffey said...

Ashley, huge congrats!! Thats so beautiful. I worked as a Social Worker/Counselor with deaf children until I had to leave because of my health. I miss it a bunch.

You keep believing in your dreams with your writing too. I cannot write (I want to read it all anyways) and you are published and that itself is awesome!

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