I have some BIG news to share with you all today: I got a new job!
By this time next week, I’ll be working from my cozy apartment home office! I am over the moon thrilled for this new life phase (my little introverted heart is bursting over getting to work from home), but change is still bittersweet.
My current job was my first consistent, grown-up, 9-5 gig. Before becoming a church secretary, I was the site supervisor for a community education program. The job was an all around bad fit and I was relieved when I left, but I also felt totally defeated. I had taken a big swing and a miss at an entire career path. While I knew I was making the right choice, it was still heartbreaking to strike-out.
After feeling professionally exhausted, this job was the soft landing I needed and I am deeply grateful for that. I’ve worked at the church for almost 4 years now, and while I know that hardly qualifies me for a gold watch upon my exit, leaving this position is the end of an era for me. In the span of my time here I’ve gotten married, gained countless professional skills, started a food blog, interned at marketing company, and discovered my passion along the way.
Although embarking on this new career path is incredibly exciting, I must admit that I’ve had my fair share of butterflies about all this change too.
My new gigs all fall under the heading of ‘independent contractor’, which means that I get to negotiate the fun worlds of self-purchased health care and quarterly tax estimations. I’m a fairly anxious person at times (or always), and taking a risk like this will never come easily for me. Add the confusion of jumping through all these new hoops, and let’s just say that I’ve been a bit of a handful lately. I can honestly say that I’ve NEVER been as thankful for my endlessly supportive husband as I’ve been this past month. Romantic gestures are lovely, but friends, if you find a partner that will fearlessly encourage you to pursue your dreams – even in the face of uncertainty – hold on to them.
I’ve always known that I married a total keeper, but dang, Michael’s determination to help me make this change has been unwavering. Every time I’ve lost my nerve, every time I’ve worried about making ends meet, he’s been there – calm, steady, practical, ready to tell me we can do this – I could not love that man more. ♥
So here I sit, ready to take the leap into this new life, feeling like the luckiest lady on the planet. And the icing on the cake? My new flexible schedule will allow more time for recipe development, photo shooting, and blog post writing, which means more recipes for you!
Seriously, how did I get this lucky guys? #profoundlygrateful