Today is my last day as an internal auditor for the Air Force. I can’t believe this day is finally here! A year ago, I didn’t think it was possible. Yet – here I am getting ready to start a new chapter. It’s exciting. It’s a little scary. It’s satisfying.
I didn’t grow up wanting to be an auditor (or even an accountant). I wanted to be a jockey – I quickly outgrew that dream – literally (I’m in no way short or petite). Then I wanted to be a veterinarian – I became a veteran. I pursued an accounting degree instead of a DVM – which was OK, because I loved working with numbers (let’s face it – they never bite, kick or scratch).
At one time I enjoyed auditing. I love problem solving, I have an eye for details, and I don’t mind confrontation. Unfortunately – the negativity got me. After 18 years, it was weighing me down – constantly telling people they were doing things wrong. Last April was my Spring Board. I was doing a book study of Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles. In the course of that study – I stretched my mind – what else could I do? How much of my income would I actually need to replace? What would make me happy? How could I help others? The idea slowly bloomed from a small seed to full blown reality!
With a lot of prayer, consultation with my husband, dreaming, more prayer and lots of seeking, I made the decision. I don’t know how things will work out – I just know they will. I know that if Plan A doesn’t work – I can try Plan B – then C – and even D if I need to. I know God has a path for me. I know I’m doing the right thing. I know I just need to listen and move forward.
So – after more than 30 years I will no longer be working for the Air Force. For the first time in 32 years I don’t actually have a job. It’s a little scary. It’s exciting. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Here’s what 18 years of auditing looks like –
A stack of reports – each one the culmination of months of audit work boiled down to about 10 pages. These are ready for the shredder & I’m ready to move forward.
Follow your dreams!