March, 2010

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WOW!!! After almost 13 years!!! It was a great run! “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”

Hi friends and colleges!

After almost 13 years, my last days with IBM are upon me. I have to say it’s been a great 13 (nearly) years. From the beginning with IBM as a co-op in ISSC to my current position on the ‘bleeding edge’ of technology in Security Services — I’ve learned much, and made many friends. And in the words of one of my favorite shows, M*A*S*H — “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”

I’m happy to tell you all that I have truly been blessed by God in this resource action!!

Sure, at first, it’s not fun, it’s hard not to take being laid off personally. But, opening my heart and mind to God’s will has been an amazing journey! The last time the RA came around my way, I felt the urgency of finding another position with IBM – I wasn’t ready to go; but this time, I just didn’t feel led to do so. I was secretly desiring/hoping/praying that I wouldn’t have to work. I prayed that somehow, the package would be ‘just enough’ to pay down our bills enough for us to be able to ‘meek’ by an existence on my husband’s income alone. Well, I’m here to say — just when you go and put limits on your faith — God can blow you out of the water!! As it turns out, the package will pay off ALL of our debt! (well, except the house.) For the first time in my adult life, we will be debt FREE!!!!! Then, my husband shocks me even more by telling me with the debt being gone, we can easily live on his salary alone!! My prayers were answered!!! AND MORE THAN I ANTICIPATED!!!!

I’m very excited to see where this new turn in my path leads me and my family. I’ve been set free! I’m free to follow the desires of my heart, and the leading of my God. I’m going to use this time to update some of my technical skills, and to immerse myself in faith training and ministry work. Finding the time to quiet my mind, and following the Shalom (Peace) of God — which is amazingly easy!

My 13 years with IBM has been great. I’ve learned much, and grown much. I’ve seen people come, and people go. I’ve watched the company change a lot, and now is the right time to move on. I have no regrets here!

So, to everyone I say take care, enjoy, so long!! I wish you all the very best!
(Feel free to pass this on to anyone, I’m sure I’ve missed a few people …)

May the Lord bless you and protect you!
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you!
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace!
(Numbers 6:24-26)

Peace out!

Tracey K. Conner


the new path

you’d think getting notified of being layed off would be a catastrophic moment in your life.

for the second time in my 12 year career with IBM, I’ve been notified of being “affected” by the latest “resource action.” ┬ásounds like i picked up some uninsureable disease right?

at first, i was really hurt .. and yes .. even i .. was brought to tears. it’s not a nice feeling when someone tells you “you’re not wanted anymore” (basically)

but then .. i sat, and prayed, and let it sink in. i asked for guidance, and really felt myself NOT being led to frantically try to find another job. i found my thoughts going to all sorts of other opportunities, things i could do — with joy and happiness — instead of working. i started thinking, and praying, “God, it’d be nice, if the separation package would be big enough, to get our debt low enough, that maybe i wouldn’t have to work…”

then i told mike, and he sat down with the package details, and our bills .. and came and wanted to talk about it … i wasn’t ready, i was dreading the bad news i was sure was going to come. i really wanted to wait until the next day. but he said he wanted to talk now. OH NOOO.

and then .. he said .. your package, will pay off all our debt. and further lasjfalk0923r als fjao ru42309jslkdfj .. HUH??? errrrrr .. BRAKES .. stop .. wha????

Did you just say, PAY OFF ALL OUR DEBT?


and he says .. “yes” .. “and” … (there’s an AND?) … “if that debt is all gone, we can live on my salary alone.”

PRAISE PRAISE SING SING .. REALLY? for real? no kidding?

so there you have it folks .. come March 31st, I’ll be officially early retired. Following the path God leads me down.

I’ve been set FREE.

Thank you God.