Monday, March 21, 2011

Take your blog to work day

I'm linking up for "Take Your Blogger to Work Day." I hope you enjoy learning more about me.

When I was younger I had an interest in being a psychologist but I never took any steps to go in that direction.

I began working for the company that I do now when I was 16 years old. When I was 16 I was doing data entry for an independent PPO network and health management administrator. I was entering medical insurance claims information so that claims could go on and be repriced and then the claim would be paid accurately administering the correct benefts.

Once I graduated high school I went to the local community college and received my certification in Medical Transciption. Unfortunately, I moved just a few months after this to be with my husband in California (he was in the military) and never pursued a career in medical transciption. Jobs were hard to find because you needed experience but noone wanted to provide any of that experience.

Once my husband finished his military career, we moved back to North Carolina. I was in California for just over two years. Upon our return, I went back to work at the company I had began at when I was 16. Now I am a claims analyst. I have a specific hospital employer group that I administer all benefits for and adjudicate the claims so that provider can be paid.

I don't believe that my current job is where I want to be for many years to come but it has presented me with a lot of growth and I am also blessed to work from home now.

I'm placing my future in God's hands. I'm very comfortable with the fact that I did not go to a university and get a degree. This is something that I may pursue one day but I haven't felt led in that direction. In the past, I did feel insecure about that fact but I've put my life in God's hands and I'm letting him lead me to the talents he molded in me. Whether I have a degree or not, if it isn't the path he wants for me I'm not going to be successfull without putting my trust in him to lead me.

Most recently I have gotten involved in sewing. It began with a desire to learn to quilt. I will be starting my third quilting class today. I'm really enjoying the skills I am developing and I have begun to learn to sew other things. I'm mastering the zippered pouch right now and I love that I can start one and finish it in an hour or so. With the quilting it takes several weeks. I think I may actually enjoy sewing smaller projects more than the quilt. Again, I'm putting it in God's hands and hoping that sewing is the talent I have been waiting to discover I had! I am going to continue to sew and pursue some projects - I plan to design some pouches/bags of my own and I would love to open an Etsy shop in the near future. I've been reading some of the amazing stories of ladies who have opened their homemade business and been able to quit their job. Wow! This is something that I am dreaming of doing right now based on the fact that I enjoy sewing. I'm also an experienced crocheter. I learned to crochet when I was around 12 and have made many aphgans over the years. I've spent some time over the last few months adding some new projects to my crochet skill-set also. It is my dream to have a job I love doing that doesn't just feel like work. And that is my prayer for myself.

Thanks for reading about my journey! =)



  1. So nice getting to know you! I think deep down we'd all like to quit our day jobs to pursue selling handmade full time :). I can sew a very little but haven't braved zippers yet!!

  2. So true! Ley me know if you need any help with zippers if you ever try. :) thanks!!

  3. Amber, what a fantastic post! I loved your story. I'm a new follower and I can't wait to continue following you on this journey. I also am crazy about your blog design! Beautiful. I have my own Etsy shop but I am going to attempt to learn how to sew, it was my new year's resolution and I'm searching for a sewing machine right now :)

  4. oh how i loved reading your post. ;) i love your story and found it so interesting. i also find it motivating and hopeful as i am currently looking for a work from home job:)

  5. Thanks Lauren! Good luck finding a sewing machine. I actually bought mine at Costco 5 years ago. I really didn't do any research - it was just a good deal. I will probably purchase a better one some day and actually do some research this time. :) I hope you do get one and enjoy sewing!

  6. Thanks Gina! Working from home is such a blessing but it can be lonely and I have trouble focusing some days - but who am I kidding - it's great!! Hope you get that opportunity! :)

  7. Amber!!! I loved this post!!! SOOO AWESOME!!!


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