April 1st: my last day at the HRA office.
Nope, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke (although I can understand why so many of my coworkers didn’t believe it at first). I had told them a few days prior about my resignation, but it’s one thing to tell someone you’re finally done and a completely different thing to actually see the person packing their things little by little.
I wasn’t ready for how emotional the goodbye would be. After a little over four years, we’d developed a rapport and friendship. I was (and still am) always very quiet, but made a point to be kind to everyone I dealt with. This landed me with two “work moms” and a security guard buddy as “work dad.”
Everyone was always kind to me and they surprised me with parting gifts! I never felt so loved and appreciated in a workplace.
I’ll never forget what the job at this nonprofit has taught me:
- Patience (oh goodness, so much!)
- Attention to detail
- Diffusing tense situations
- And last but not at all least – how to connect with your colleagues and clients
Although I will miss my coworkers a great deal, this change is necessary for me to move forward.
Here goes nothing!