Prior to leaving Charleston, SC I was adamant about not wanting to go back into the workforce. I did not want to go back into a 9 to 5. I did not want to answer to anyone. I was over work. I was over CORPORATE AMERICA. Literally, throw the whole thing away. You can say I was work hurt. Traumatized, mistreated, unappreciated, walked over, micromanaged, lied on, undermined and any other word associated with bad leadership and an ambitious worker. I felt like life was sucked out of me working in at my last job. I was miserable and I cried everyday heading to work, just hoping God would change me or the situation. Either way something needed to happen. In August, I realized that remaining at my job and allowing the abuse was not the picture of what it meant to be a good Christian. I did not have to take the abuse and I decided not to anymore.
So after an 11 month sabbatical, I opened my heart again to return to corporate America. I had to do something to bring in income while I built my business because God does not drop money from the sky. He said that he would bless the works of my hands, so my hands needed to get to work. After a week of being in Maryland, I was hired on by a temp agency in an upscale luxury hotel as an Accountant. Say what??? After 7 days, I was back on the scene with my gangsta lean. This position was very fulfilling. I was able to gain a little more experience in the Accounts Payable department as I looked for permanent employment. I met some amazing friends in this position and also breakfast and lunch was free. They fed us every single day and I never had to spend money on lunch. God was truly looking out for me. I had enough to pay rent and get caught up on bills. Finding temp positions does not happen that fast and I thank God for the sudden door.
This position was just what I needed. I met a guy at work and he was from another country in the middle east. He learned English and became prolific in writing. He also became a professional resume writer. Talk about divine connections. This man knew how to improve a resume. He said “Shatonya”, that is my work name. “Your resume gets you the interview and then you go in and sell yourself”. Some of the best advice ever given. He helped me to improve my resume, he taught me hacks and tricks to make your resume standout and pass resume filters. I took his advice, rewrote my resume and started being more proactive in looking for a career. I did not want employment, I wanted a place I could set my roots.
I took my desires to God in prayer. This is what I asked for:
A career in accounting
Job title of Accountant
Flexible and laid back environment
Travel with company
Multiple job interviews and offers
Down to earth boss who would not be intimidated by my questions and desire for advancement
I brought my desires before God and I said Father these are the things I want but I desire whatever you have for me. I wanted a chill environment but if I needed a stringent environment in order to workout the internal issues of my soul, I was all for it because I trusted God. I wanted to be in a career that I could grow. Not solely up the corporate ladder but personally as well.
I started looking for career opportunities on Indeed.com. I applied everywhere that were to my likings. Usually on indeed, you can apply for a position through the indeed platform. I found a position at WBENC for an accountant and submitted my resume and went on to the next career opportunity. One day while checking my email, which I rarely did. This was nobody but God, I received an email from the WBENC HR department, requesting that I submit my resume to a different email address. I obliged and was contacted from their company within the next few days to set up an interview. Thank God I checked my email because I could have missed this opportunity.
I had over five companies vying for interview time. I went to all their interviews but there was something different about WBENC. I felt the peace of God during the phone interview and the physical interview. As the HR team discussed employment benefits, I was completely amazed. Healthcare paid in full by the company, tuition reimbursement, 401K match and she kept going on and on. Before heading to the interview, the Spirit of God told me I would have my own office. Chile when I walked in my now office suite, I saw nothing but offices. I started to pray internally like God this is the job I want. My now supervisor said 75 people applied and the HR team pushed through 10 people. But out of the 10, she only liked two of us. Talk about God pushing your resume to the top and highlighting it. I knew when I left that meeting, I would be the chosen one.
And that I was. But with the things I prayed for, God Eph 3:20 me. He went above and beyond what I could think or imagine. I had my own office. Benefits paid for by my company. I am a salaried employee not a 9 to 5 worker. I am making double what I was making back in South Carolina. I am getting paid more than I asked for. I get to travel with my company. Today I am headed to Nashville, Tennessee for a work retreat with my colleagues. Then November 2020, we will be heading to South Beach Miami for a board meeting and we are staying in the Ritz Carlton hotel. Talk about the favor of God. The environment is family oriented. I love going to work and I love what I do. Going to work is not going to work for me. It is true when you love what you do, you do not call it work. I am excited about getting up and going to the place I love Monday – Friday. I have advancement opportunities, they are paying for me to get my CPA license. There is already room for advancement.
When God does it for us, he withholds no good thing from those who walk upright before him (Psalm 84:11). The bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). You can tell God what you want and still be thankful for what you have. Journal to God or pray to God and tell him what you desire. Present your desires to him. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). My favorite scripture, 1 John 5:14-15, “This is the conf