Today is my one year anniversary at this exciting new job! I need to thank my peeps.
peep. (plural only) (now slang) People; often especially (with personal pronoun), one’s friends or associates.
It’s such a perfect word. Friends and associates. My peeps. I think of these people so often.
The ones who are there every day for me. The ones who have been there just for a moment of coaching – supporting – inspiring – teaching – guiding. And the ones in between, who played a role for a period of time. Through a job on this path, or a stage in this life.
I am blessed. I know that.
I learned many years ago my identity is not my job, my title, my position of hierarchy. My identity is who I am inside. So it’s easy to look forward and see what I want, where I can grow, and who I want to hang with. My peeps.
We collect all these souls along the way.
The boss who taught me how to sell a strategy. The co-worker who said “I’ve always been a fan” at the exact moment I needed a boost. The colleague who said “you are in the best position to assess what you want and make it happen”. The friend who took on a role similar to the one I was considering and talked me through the challenges and the fun he was encountering. The CIO at another company who counseled me that I should look for a role where I could manage infrastructure. The team member who said “you just see things so logically and clearly and not everyone can do that”.
The friends who always believe. The family members who always cheer me on.
So many peeps. So many moments.
All leading to a decision one year ago to jump. To take a risk. To accept this job. To switch companies, and teams, and industries. To start over where I didn’t know anyone.
And one year later, it’s so fun. And hard. And rewarding. And I know SO MANY new people that I never would have met.
I am blessed.
And I got a present. Wrapped in a beautiful bow. From our CEO. How cool is that?