End of an Era

January 11th, 2012

I know I promised to blog more regularly and here it is Wednesday evening and I haven’t posted anything since Friday. I actually have 2 cards ready to share, but just haven’t had the time as this has been a crazy week.  This is a NSR post as it was my last day at California Billing Specialists where I’ve worked for over 18 years and I just feel the need to write a bit. 

CBS is a medical billing company that is owned by my Mom and her business partner, Carol.  When they brought me in, so many years ago I didn’t even know what an EOB was. (That’s Explanation of Benefits – insurance statement – the most basic document in the industry.)  The company only had 3 employees when I started.  I learned the ins and outs of insurance and patient collections and as the company grew I became the Collection Supervisor.

A few years ago when my Aunt was seriously ill (and subsequently passed away), I cut back to working just one day a week.  Somehow I just never went back to a regular full-time schedule and eventually I took on my part time position with Taylored Expressions and worked both jobs.  CBS has been a security blanket for me.  It was a godsend when our family went through several tumultous years of illness and loss.  It’s a company where everyone is hired in because they are a friend or relative of someone already there.  It’s been a place where I can go in and sit at my desk and know the answers to almost all the questions I’m asked, where I can enjoy the company of those I work with, and where I can take pride in what we accomplish for our clients.

So, why would I leave?  The Lord presented an opportunity that I just couldn’t refuse.  I’ve been asked to take the position of Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor at our church as the Office Manager of 28 years prepares to retire.  I was completely stunned when I was asked, and the Lord so graciously made it clear to me through so many confirmations.  He knows I do not gravitate toward change, no matter how good it might sound, and He knew that I would need the path to be incredibly and totally clear to take this leap of faith.

I will be working at Bethel Grace 4 days a week (2 full half days and 2 full days) starting in mid-March and I will contiue working for TE from home.  It will be a huge adjustment, but I know it will be great!

I’m thankful and excited for what’s to come in the next couple of months, so today was a bittersweet day.  To be totally honest it was more difficult than I imagined as I cleaned out my desk and found all of my time sheets going back to 1996 – WOW!  My Mom has been an awesome boss and so gracious and supportive about my moving on.

I wanted to share a few photos taken at our office Christmas Party last month.  Unfortunately my Mom wasn’t there, as she now works in a different job while still owning CBS.  But my Dad is in these pictures – I told you the business is a family affair!  I will miss seeing him weekly.

And here I am with the 3 of the Collectors that work in my department – Jessica, Yoly and Sarah.  Yoly and I have been friends for over 15 years and she is the one taking over my position.  I know she’ll be great!

Here’s everyone –

Thanks for letting me just share my heart this evening.  I promise I’ll be back soon with those two cards.  I hope you are having a great week!

10 Responses to “End of an Era”

  1. Alicia Says:

    Jami, it has been so long since I have talked to you, even via cyberspace! I can feel the emotion in your blog post. Thankfully, you don’t have to cut ties with your old job, and will still have those relationships! Congratulations on your new position. You will do so well wherever your heart (and the Lord) leads you!
    Love and hugs, Alicia Graham

  2. Lori Craig Says:

    Oh my! I had no idea that this was the week! I’m sorry we haven’t chatted. I’m glad you have some time before mid-March. Can’t wai to see you!!! {{{{{Jami}}}}}

  3. Wanda G Says:

    I wish I had something profound to say. Change is hard, but you have the right outlook! Walk in faith and go forward into your new adventure. Good luck! Such a nicely written post. :-)

  4. Mary Says:

    Jami- I know you are going to be a wonderful addition to the church administration, blessed to have you.

  5. Bonnie aka raduse Says:

    Wow!! This is quite a change, however, I know the Lord will bless you with your new position.

  6. Jodi Collins Says:

    Congratulations on your new venture my friend! I am so happy for you and am sure you will be so very happy in your new job! SO glad you are staying with TE…I got scared when I saw the title of your post! LOL!!

  7. Taylor Says:

    Thanks for sharing your heart, Jami! I was thinking about you all day yesterday. I know the decision to start a new adventure wasn’t an easy one, but I know the Lord will bless it!

    Oh… and I have to giggle at Jodi’s post. I hope you never leave TE, but if you do I think we should give the design team a little more notice than just a post on your blog. *grin*

  8. Bev Gerard Says:

    Indeed, your new job sounds heaven-sent, Jami!
    I know that leaving your Mom’s company tugs at your heart, as it should. But I have a feeling that your new opportunity will bring you much inner joy! Congratulations!

    ~Tex

  9. Nicole Johnson Says:

    So happy for you and your new beginnings…. Sometimes we miss opportunities God gives us because we are so reluctant to change or are too comfortable… it takes faith to make change. Sending you prayers as you make the transition to your new path!

  10. Rachel ♥ (Gingerbread Gal) Says:

    Congrats on your new job, Jami! You will be a fabulous Office Manager. Everything happens for a reason and this job came to you to be another blessing in your life. Have fun and I will see you soon!
    Hugs,
    Rachel

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