Well hello. I’m back again! Did you miss me? Well, either way, I missed writing here. I’ve been mentally writing this post for a long time, but I just haven’t felt totally ready until now. It’s a little bit of a long post, but it explains what’s been going on in the last few months…
I wrote, rather ominously in mid-April, that I felt so overwhelmed that I wanted to “throw up, cry, sleep for a month, or all three all at once,” but I didn’t explain why. At that point, I was still internally processing, and I wasn’t quite ready to share what was going on. On April 15th, I found out that the company I was working for was going to be liquidated in just one week.
Jon and I moved to Texas in July of 2014. He started grad school, and I took a job in marketing for an LED lighting company. I applied for more jobs than I can remember, including some at my alma mater, Baylor University, but I was offered a job with the LED lighting company first. Because Jon is in grad school, my job was our main source of income. Needless to say, we were in major shock, a feeling I’m sure anyone else who has lost their job unexpectedly can relate to.
The day before the liquidation announcement, I had, ironically, been nominated for employee of the month and was given a gift card to an Italian restaurant. So, after finding out I wouldn’t have a job any more, Jon and I processed what that would look like over lots of pasta. We restructured our budget, and wrote verses about trusting in the Lord on 3×5 note cards and stuck them all over our apartment.
But shortly after the shocking news, things started to look up. That same weekend, I ran into someone I knew during my undergrad years who now owns the coffee shop I basically lived in during my freshman year- Common Grounds. After telling him what happened, he said to send him my resume, and I was able to start working there part time almost immediately. And two weeks later, Jon started a paid internship at a Texas law firm. The timing could not have been better.
That brings us pretty much up to date! I’m still working at Common Grounds while applying to full time jobs, and it’s actually really nice. It feels like an adult summer break. I get to work in shorts and a t-shirt instead of a pencil skirt and button up. When my shift is over, I kinda smell like syrup and coffee, but that’s not the worst thing I could smell like! Another bonus, besides the dress code, is that I work with really fun people. The people I work with are kind, fun, and like their jobs. They’re happy to be at work. Plus, the coffee is great.
I am glad I had my last job. I worked there for almost two years, and I learned many valuable skills while working there, like how to work well under pressure, how to work in the Adobe Creative Suite, how to multi-task well, etc., but I’m also enjoying this change of pace.
Overall, I’m alright with the way things are working out. Sometimes I still get a little bit anxious because of all of the unknowns- when will I get a full time job, where will my full time job be, etc.- but I’m trusting that the Lord has a plan. For now, I’m applying to full jobs regularly, (which is not the most fun process. C’mon, who’s been there? It stinks.) and enjoying the free coffee.
Sorry the post was so long! But I’m ready to get back in the blogging game, and I thought it was time to clear a few things up. I hope your summer is going well! And if it’s not, I’ve found that pasta is a great comfort food.