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As many of you might remember, I moved to Washington about 2 years ago. What you don’t know, the reason I haven’t been posting much about my journey in 2018, is that I got a new full-time job in the tech community in Seattle last year. I’ve stayed on at Health Alliance part time, working on social media and the blog until now. But it’s finally time for me to fully say goodbye and look to new horizons.
Health Alliance has been a home for me in a lot of ways over the last 5 years. I’m leaving working with my father, my mentor, and many friends behind. Health Alliance gave me one of my best friends in Washington, professional relationships that have helped me build a career, and an amazing set of experiences. But most importantly, Health Alliance gave me a new outlook on life.
Growing a Career
When I came to Health Alliance, I was in a position that will sound familiar to many millennials. I’d just finished college in a recession with a journalism degree and no job prospects.
My boss had faith in me from the beginning, and he gave me the chance to jump into web content with both feet. I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to work with our amazing members and teams across Health Alliance at every turn.
Now, I’ll be moving forward in technology in Seattle with the skills I need to succeed because of those opportunities and the supportive community of our team and department.
My Healthy Journey
My role at Health Alliance has also been a blessing to my health. In your teens and early twenties, your health frequently isn’t your top priority or concern. Transitioning into my late twenties while working at this company has helped me stay incredibly informed about a variety of health and insurance topics.
Since working for Health Alliance, I have:
- Dealt with my back pain, including seeing a chiropractor for an actual diagnosis and treatment.
- Started seeing a therapist to deal with depression and anxiety that I’ve been having since I was a teenager. I’ve been making my mental health a priority, which has improved my relationships and how happy I am.
- Developed a regular cleaning routine that keeps my home in order, without added stress.
- Decluttered and organized my life, especially across moves, including my financial life.
- Put my dental health in order, and now I’m officially a real adult because I floss.
- Cut back screen time, especially on my phone since my job is sitting on the computer.
- Tried out beginner and hot yoga classes and learned to be more flexible.
- Developed a very adult skin care routine, with sunscreen, serums, eye creams, and moisturizer… oh my!
- Moved across the country with my significant other/best friend to build a new life in gorgeous Washington, where the weather and nature are a constant boost to my mood.
- Started tracking my steps, water intake, calories, habits, goals, and day-to-day life. (Only I use a planner for my tracking now!)
- Focused on mindful eating and prioritized healthy meal planning and prep, eating less meat, and cutting back on sugar as a part of my routine, which has helped me lose weight and maintain it.
- Developed strategies to better manage my stress.
- Made sleep a priority in my day-to-day life.
- Worked to take time for self-care and follow my passions and found time for calm.
- Learned all about health, health insurance, and planning for the future.
I turn 30 in a few months, and I’m happy to say that my professional and personal life are on track because of my healthy journey with Health Alliance.
While the portion of my journey that’s been with this company by my side is coming to a close, none of it would’ve been possible without the last 5 years with them. Thank you to so many wonderful people that work here and to our members. It’s been a pleasure.
So long and thanks for all the fish!