I am finally on the other side of another waiting game. This was one that not only impacted the future of my career but the future of my family. I was not looking for a new job when I stumbled across this opening. In a week, I went from not looking to applying, interviewing over email once, and interviewing in person twice. That was followed up with a phone interview, many background checks, and another round of upper-level approval. Now, I feel a sigh of relief that it is over, but the waiting was the hardest part.
As I have mentioned before, I don’t plan to use this blog for anything more than a hobby. I am not planning on quitting my day job to become a blogger. I have, however, considered quitting my day job to become a stay-at-home mom. I don’t love my job, and I don’t view what I currently do as a career. Yes, I do a lot of marketing work that I enjoy, but I am more of an admin than a marketing professional most of the time. I took my current position so I could contribute to my family’s savings, but have the flexibility to be home for dinner every night. When Andrew and I got engaged, I walked away from my career in IT so that I could be available for my husband out our future kids (60 hour work weeks were not for me).
I love the people I work with and enjoyed the slower pace and downtime a lot until my daughter was born. On slower days, I sit at my desk and think of all of the things I could be doing at home. When I stuff envelopes for marketing mailers, I think about how I would rather be sweating in my backyard with my daughter. I am giving up so many sweet baby/toddler days to make coffee for meetings. The older my daughter gets, the more I am realizing that paying for daycare when you don’t view your work as rewarding is like a punch in the gut.
This new position would allow me to work for a private, Christian school. It would have school workday hours, holidays, and summer vacations. It would give me the flexibility I have been craving with my current job. The best part, I would finally be getting to do a job that is something I don’t feel over or underqualified for. This job could be an answer to a prayer I didn’t realize I was praying.
Now, I have accepted the position, and I am trusting that I am taking the right path for my family to move on from a job that has been family. The place I started at as an engaged woman and leave happily married and a mother to an adorable baby girl. I have grown so much in the last four and a half years. I feel the same as I did when I graduated from Alabama. I am so excited for what is next, but a part of me wants to hold on to
As I prepare for my next chapter, I want to take this time to thank my current company for all the love and support they have showed me over the last 4.5 years. I have built some wonderful relationships and friendships that will last a lifetime. I am going to miss a lot of things about this place, and I am going to remember all of you so fondly.
On Friday this chapter will officially come to an end, and I am praying that I have just as fond of memories at my next work home as I did here.
Thanks to all of you for being patient with me as I was figuring stuff out. I know I have been pretty MIA, but I wanted to know what I was doing with my life before I jumped back into the blog.