Things are moving pretty fast over here on my end, but in a really good way. I’m a bit pressed for time with little league baseball games, volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club my daughter attends, school, teaching, research, etc. but I want to let you all know what’s been going on.

This week is the last week for me as a Robotics Instructor for ESI and it’s a little bittersweet. While every day hasn’t been easy and the fact that our robots didn’t arrive until a few days before the program will end, it has been a wonderful experience nevertheless. I’m sure the kids learned a lot from the project and the programming lessons, but I’d like to think that I may have benefited from the experience more than them. And I say that for an amazing reason.

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That amazing reason is that I’ve found employment. Or, more employment as I should say. No wait, maybe I should say that I will be starting my career in about three weeks. In a sense, I started my career earlier this year with a smaller company, but that ended horribly simply because my boss had major issues when it came to providing me with a paycheck for all the work that I had done. But this time, I know it’ll be different because it’s with a larger, grander, structured company.

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The entire process to start my career and enter the corporate world has been a long one. From a 30 minute behavioral and a 30 minute technical interview to a very hard apptitude test that left me with much doubt, every thing worked out. The most ironic thing about all of this was that I did this twice, once for an entry level position and then again for a mid-level position. I was even interviewed by one of our local news stations when this company visited my university. I have YET to receive a decision in regards to my interview for entry-level, but it’s the least of my concerns. Why? Well, because I’ve accepted a wonderful offer as Mid-level Application Development Specialist for IBM aka “Big Blue.”

Pivotal things are occurring this year and I love it! But with these pivotal things comes changes–changes that I want to make and those that need to be made. For the most part, these changes are mutual as in I need to make them but I also want to make them as well. I think the most important changes would be putting an end to procrastination, staying organized, and sticking to a budget. But I do plan to document the journey through a “Corporate Life” series to provide insight and to help me as well.

I have been emotional ever since I received the news on Wednesday because in that instant, I vividly recalled how lost and how unsure I was of myself a few years ago. Bad spending habits. Poor judgement. Lack of motivation. I was a mess. And one morning I woke up disgusted with the way my life had gone and decided to change all of that. It took a lot of hard work to get to that point and that’s why it’s so amazing to me to be able to see all of the hard work that I’ve put in over the years result in the start of my career. Here I am–25 years old with a career that provides me with an amazing salary, awesome benefits, and not to mention, I received a hefty sign on bonus. I. Am. Blessed.

I am blessed. I am living proof that God is an amazing God and a forgiving God. I am a piece of that concrete evidence that you need to believe that God is real. I am confirmation that when you believe wholeheartedly in God, you’ll receive all of those great things that He has for you.

“Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and He will establish your plans!”

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30 Comments
  1. Amber

    June 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    This is wonderful, congrats! This motivates me so much and gives me hope that despite everything, all is well in the end. I can’t wait to read your updates on work life in the corporate world. These are only the peak of your blessings, I’m sure of it!

    1. Rae

      June 30, 2013 at 8:07 am

      That’s definitely true. Everything will be well in the end. Just stay focused and keep God first. You are an amazing person, Amber and I’m sure you know this. Your amazing-ness will allow you to do some wonderful and creative things. And I can’t wait to read about them. (:

  2. EM K

    June 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    congrats and good luck with the new job!!! your former employer sounds horrible – I hope you were able to get all that they owed you.
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    1. Rae

      June 30, 2013 at 8:04 am

      He hasn’t yet. Most likely I’ll have to sue him. He still owes me about $1000. SMH.

  3. Tarsha!

    June 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Congratulations on the new gig! Show’em whatchu working with!!!! Good luck

  4. Mimi

    June 30, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Yes! The journey is so much a part of success. Relish in it! God is so good!
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  5. G K

    June 30, 2013 at 5:45 am

    SO proud of you, Carla! I’ve very much enjoyed watching you grow, and almost feel like a member of my own family has earned this great opportunity.

    In two words: YOU ROCK.

    1. Rae

      June 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

      I think that’s what I love most about blogging. You get to meet so many different people and share so many intimate moments and establish a genuine connection. I’ve been following different people for years, you included, and just like you, I’m excited and happy and overjoyed when good things happen. And in contrast, I also cry and feel sad and feel pain when something bad happens. But again, that’s the blessing in all of this.. becoming so close to people you’ve never even met but feel like you’ve known them all your life.
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  6. Chymere Anais

    June 30, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Congratulations on your career moves and life making a turn for the better. It’s really inspirational, because I’m living my 20’s and I’ve been through the trenches but I know I can’t give up!

  7. Law_Fal

    June 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!! So super happy for you :)
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  8. Reese

    June 30, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    That’s amazing. I love to see positive things from everyone, but it’s especially rewarding when I know it goes to someone who has had to fight to earn it. Wishing you the best of luck with your new job!

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  9. Stefany ?

    June 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    That is so awesome!!! And it came right as you finished the instructor job? Perfect timing. Will you be working there & in grad school full time?

    1. Carla

      June 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks boo! I’m going to try and do that, but it’ll most likely be part time which is 6 hours vs. 9 hours for full time.

  10. Faith

    June 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Woohoo girl! Congrats on your new job! You’re going to be amazing! God is so good! He has big plans for you!

    I hope you get all that your previous employer owes you as well but I’m sure you’re at this point that you’re like good riddance.

  11. Vett

    June 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    sounds like you’re busy, but the hard work will def pay off!! keep up the great work :)
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  12. CeCe @Pink Sunshine

    July 1, 2013 at 10:59 am

    You are making big moves with your career! Congrats.
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  13. Jhan

    July 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    This is such a beautiful testimony! Congrats on the new job… career! May the Lord continue to bless you! :-)

  14. Jessica L

    July 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    First of all, you seem much more settled and wiser than the average 25 year old. Anyhow, I’m so glad you’re hard work is paying off. This sounds like an incredible opportunity with IBM, and I’m excited for you. It’s funny that you mention the negative things that you’ve had to turn around and learn from: bad spending habits, lack of motivation- these are things that people deal with all the time, and don’t recognize them or learn from. I’ve had bad spending habits, and unlike you, it took me much longer to really control and get a hold off. I still could spend better, but it’s even harder when you’re dealing with another person in marriage who has their own spending habits as well. You have your whole life ahead of you, girl. Continue to inspire everyone around you and show them that hard work does pay off! -Jess L
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    1. Rae

      July 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      You’ve made me smile. Thanks Jess!

  15. Kat

    July 3, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Congratulations Miss Lady! Your journey is an amazing one and it’s not over yet. You’re going to go far. Ain’t God good!? He’s always on time when you least expect it. For 25, you’re light years ahead of many in our age group. I’m wishing you all the best and sending you many blessings.

    1. Rae

      July 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      It took me a while to realize this. Before, I was thinking that I was late with starting my career, but I’m always so hard on myself. Thank you so much. Good luck on your endeavors as well. I just know you’re going to do great!

  16. Vaneese

    July 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. I love reading about all the wonderful things happening for you and your family. I can imagine that it’s been a long road and to finally see some light at the end of the tunnel must be so gratifying. I probably tell you this in every post on which I comment, but you are SUCH an inspiration. Keep going!!
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    1. Rae

      July 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Then we’ll continue to be an inspiration to each other because you inspire me as well. Thanks for the motivation! How is school?

  17. Yetti-Writes

    July 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    You are blessed that you are. I don’t know anyone that balances as much as you do and makes it look effortless! Congratulations, and welcome to corporate america. I’m beyond happy for you!
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    1. Rae

      July 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

      I make it look effortless? Wow! Thank you for that. Really. Thank you!! I hope I can continue to make it effortless once I start. LOL!

  18. Sheena

    July 7, 2013 at 4:16 am

    I’m smiling from ear to ear, I’m so happy for you! Congrats! ?#teamtwentysomething
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  19. Courtnee

    July 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    God is amazing!!! Carla, I am SO happy for you! Like, I love seeing young, black women succeed. It really makes my heart smile. Keep trusting in him and he will def provide all of your needs.

    You go girl! Congrats again

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  20. Courtnee

    July 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    God is amazing! I am SO happy for you Carla! You def deserve it. Its funny, because I like to always say that God shows up right on time. But when he shows up, he def shows OUT! Keep trusting in him and putting him first and he will def prove himself that much more.

    Congrats again, Girl!

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  21. Haley

    July 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Congrats on your new job! and I sincerely Thank you so much for sharing this, I’m 24 (and pursing two different arts fields currently–I graduated college with a vocal music degree but I also do visual art) and it gets rough and emotional at times (who said life was easy?)… I’m so inspired and motivated by your journey! It’s always inspiring to see people who I identify with (Christians, Louisianians, Women of color) succeeding in their careers! thanks for sharing your blessings with us!

    xhaley

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