In the ever changing story of my life, I am officially retired as of today! Due to ongoing health issues and my boss’s concern that I may not be able as dependable as he would need me to be for the next few weeks, we have come to the mutual conclusion that I should retire now and be done with it. Yay!
I have been working for fifty years (with time off or part-time employment for a few years when my children were infants to preschoolers). For the past 26 years, I have been working in the Saskatchewan construction industry. For the past 16 years, I have been working for my current boss.
The first fourteen years at KMB were great. I loved the work – it was challenging and rewarding. I loved dealing with our clients, our suppliers and all of our professional support team. I generally got along with most of the other staff – especially my boss. We had some good years.
We had a few less than great times – like when I was in the hospital for a month a few years ago. I was on oxygen, morphine, multiple antibiotics and inhalants, had an ongoing iv and tubes draining my chest cavity in an attempt to allow my collapsed lung to expand. My boss would call every few days to see if I knew when I would be back at work. The day I got out of the hospital, he called to see if I would come to work the next day – which I did. 🙄
The past couple of years have not been great – or good. Since the boss’s son joined the company there has been a total lack of respect, consideration or appreciation for myself or anyone on staff. I still enjoyed working with the rest of the staff, etc but the atmosphere has been uncomfortable to say the least.
Last year, I did have the biggest sale of my career (and the biggest single sale for the company to date.) It was with our supplier that I have worked closest with over the past sixteen years and involved my favourite product. The customer was a regular, who specifically wanted to work with me. The order went virtually flawless start to finish – budget pricing to payment of invoice. Best of all – the facility name for the project was St. Ann’s. 🤣🤣. Every order is important when you are in sales, but it is definitely nice to end a career on a high note.
High notes or low, I am ready for the next chapter in my life. I have always lived by the motto that you do not move forward looking in the rearview mirror. There is so much ahead to look forward to!
My first major project will be getting our yard in order and repainting all of our steel planters. My husband was out sourcing some paint for me this morning. I also want to start scheduling some r & r into my days. I may check out my Kobo today and invest in a new book. 😊
Take care – have a great day!