October 8th marked my fourteen year anniversary with the company I work for.
Let me say that again.
Fourteen (14) year anniversary.
I never in a million years thought that I’d work at a place this long, much less still feel as passionate about it and challenged today as I did fourteen years ago.
Let’s have a look at me a few months after I very first started:
I look so innocent. And slightly crazed. As I had a just-learned-to-walk one year old running around at the time, I guess that’s hardly surprising. And yes, those are brown contacts. Don’t ask.
Speaking of whom, here was the Kid right around when I started working here. This is the afore-mentioned “learning to walk” part.
And here’s my favorite work-related picture, ever. Not.
Yep. That’s the one and only picture they ever took for my employee badge. Every new badge I get, there’s that same picture. I’ve asked to get it taken again but everyone just says no, this one is fine. I feel like I look high.
When I started working here, I was a sunny early-twenties chick, married to the Kid’s dad, and the Kid was a wee 11 months old. I started as a lowly special projects analyst in our contracting department.
Now, I’m a sunny not-early-twenties chick, living down the street from the Kid’s dad, engaged to a wonderful guy, with Pee-Pants, Tubblesworth and let’s not forget the Kid, who is now not just walking fine but will also start driving soon. I work in our IT department as a senior product manager, and it’s been fantastic. Mostly.
This, by the way, is my adorably handsome boy in his very first suit for his very first Homecoming dance. I am like, the luckiest mom ever. I am 100% convinced that he was the sharpest looking one in the whole place.
Unfortunately, no I’m not the gorgeous slim blonde, I’m the one with all the tattoos. Whatever! I think I clean up pretty well!
Anyway. It’s been an amazing fourteen years. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by and how much I still love working here, even though I get frustrated sometimes. I wouldn’t have it any other way.