2020 brought many challenges, changes and growth – well 2021 seems to be jumping right in line with a year full of change, new beginnings and finding a new normal. This week I started another NEW beginning…one that I am not only so excited for but super grateful as well.
Another New Beginning…
I Put On Real Pants This Week
Yes friends, you read that right…this week called for REAL PANTS!! Let me back up a bit, you see, about four years ago I turned in my real pants and quit my office job to do this blogging thang full time. This was a decision that my then husband and I decided would be a great way for me to be more flexible for the kids as well as the blogging opportunities. It was great…until it wasn’t.
Between the divorce and COVID, my “not real job” of blogging (enter eyeroll here) was not bringing in the income that I needed in order to support myself and the kids. When 2021 hit, I took a long hard look at my budget and what my blog was doing and it was clear that I would need to find something more stable and consistent.
Sad – Defeated – Frustrated
When that time came to start applying to jobs, it hurt. Four years ago I walked out of my comfort zone of a career I had for 12 years into a new life of freelance and self-employment. Loved the idea of being a #BossLady and more importantly, I loved the idea of still bringing in an income but being flexible and available for my kids. To be honest, that is the hardest part to move away from.
Now, I am not coming here to tell you all I am leaving the world of blogging – I truly hope to be able to continue to enjoy this space both with sponsored content but also with personal and family updates – you know, that whole OG blogging thang! Over the years, I have come here with my authentic voice and today I want to share how I am feeling.
Today, I feel all of the feels – excitement, defeat, sadness, nervousness, relief, motivated and tired. All of the feelings. This isn’t a bad new beginning, it is just another new beginning.
The New Gig
Okay, I know this is why you are still reading…the new gig. When I started applying to jobs I knew that I wanted a job that was close to home (never driving into Denver for work every day again), “school hours” (hello kids), health benefits/retirement options and with a company that I knew would be a long term career for me.
This is a terrible time to be job hunting and that became real clear when a few of the positions I applied for had over 250 applicants. So, when I finally got a call to interview with the local school district for an office manager position I was thrilled, and mostly so thankful! I walked into that interview with my tummy in knots and my mask on tight and walked out of the school feeling like I could totally see myself here!
That feeling was mutual because the team offered me the position just a few days later. The nerves and excitement hit me hard but when my first day rolled around, I pulled on my REAL PANTS and started something NEW, again. If the first few days are an indication to how this new gig will play out – it was the right choice at the right time.
Thank you for reading all about my new beginning! 2021 must be the year that we all find our new normal!! Would love to hear how 2021 is treating you.