Once we knew we were officially moving to Texas, I had to try to get my boss on board with me working remotely 100% once the office reopened after COVID. Connie was a great supervisor. She supported me all through Josh’s health scares, his surgery in Dallas, the ups and downs when we returned from Dallas, and everything in between. She agreed that it would not be an issue, but needed other approvals. Her supervisor agreed that it would not be an issue, but we ran into a roadblock when getting the final approval. We were a few weeks away from moving when we were dealt some sad news. I would not be allowed to work remote after the office re-opened and Connie needed to begin searching for my replacement. The good news, was that I could stay for the next six months to help train. Connie and I both hoped that we would be able to change the big boss’s mind in that six months’ time.
My replacement was hired, and as much as I hated to admit it, she was great. She was very knowledgeable about my position and picked up the material very quickly. She had suggestions on process improvements and the team loved her. I felt better knowing that although I wouldn’t be able to stay, I was leaving the team in good hands.
The six month reprieve passed very quickly. Before I knew it, my last day had arrived. I was sad to be leaving, but excited about my next chapter! I had been looking for a new position. I knew I wanted to stay in Payroll, and I knew I wanted to continue to work from home. We were blessed in the fact that I didn’t have to find a job immediately, and was able to hold out until I found the perfect position. So, while I applied and interviewed, I got to help Josh around the ranch. I was excited to be part of building up our property, and Josh was excited to have an employee!
I learned a lot about the ranch in a few months. I learned how to drive the riding lawn mower, the tractor, and the zero turn mower. I learned how to weld, and how to operate a chain saw. I trimmed and hauled branches, branches, and more branches (not my favorite job!). I learned how to build and stretch fences. I learned the best way to wrangle sheep and goats (and how to get grass stains out of jeans from falling during said chase!). I discovered how helpful bandanas can be on a hot and windy day. I learned that summer in south Texas requires multiple clothing changes and showers in one day. Most importantly, I learned the value of a hard day’s work on your own property. Collapsing into bed at the end of the day, sore muscles and all, and smiling knowing that you get to do it all again the next day… that lesson, y’all, I wouldn’t give up for the world. ❤