I shared the good news with my (personal) Facebook friends a few weeks ago, but I haven’t shared anything on my blog, so it’s about time I spill the beans! After 7 months of job searching, I was offered and accepted a part-time Office Assistant job at a local retail store.
The pay and hours are a major cut from my previous Human Resources position (about $1,000 a month less than I’m used to.) In fact, in my interview they expressed concern that I was overqualified due to my previous experience and pay but I kept emphasizing that I wanted the experience of this job regardless of pay because, although it’s not an HR job, I will have some HR duties. I also emphasized that pay was not a concern for me; thankfully, Andy and I have are finances in order enough for us to live completely off his income. Instead of needing to take a job for the money, I can take it for the experience and to take the one that is right for me and I am so thankful for that!
I live about 30 minutes away from my new job so a long commute will take some getting used to, especially so early in the morning! (I previously lived a half-mile from my office. It was a 3-5 minute commute, depending on traffic.) Thankfully, I have some good audiobooks to keep me entertained on the drive. My hours are very different from what I’m used to. I used to work 8am-5pm Monday through Friday at my old job, but this position is 7am-3:30pm 3 or 4 days a week to include weekends (both Saturday and Sunday.) I haven’t worked weekends or evenings since I left LifeWay last January and I haven’t worked a Sunday since I was in college, and I’m nervous about how this will impact family time. One of the main reasons I left LifeWay a few months prior to our wedding was so I could spend more time with Andy on the weekends. I was talking about this with a friend, and it sounds crazy, but I feel guilty for leaving Andy at home when I am at work! I feel like since his work schedule is unpredictable, and we never know when the military will send him away, that I need to be home at all times when he is home. Andy, of course, is fully supportive of me taking this position and is equally supportive that if it’s not a good fit for me, to do what is best for me.
There are some perks to this job that I hadn’t expected (and some I had.) First and foremost, the fact that I can help provide for our little family and make money to pay off our debts. With this new job, our goal is to pay off our credit card this year– ideally, by our first anniversary– and hopefully be totally debt free by our second anniversary! Also, working in a retail store means I get a retail store discount. This will definitely come in handy, because we’re still missing a few things for our house that we couldn’t yet afford: a lamp (our living room is so dark because there’s not a light fixture or even the wiring for one!), a vacuum sealer and deep freeze (so we can buy meat in bulk when it’s on sale), and a sofa (our current one is a free hand-me-down from a neighbor… the back is falling apart and the recliner is permanently stuck open!) Another perk is that, hopefully, when we PCS I can transfer to a different store– even if it means a cashier position– to earn an extra bit of money until I land another Human Resources job. And the early-morning hours means I’ll have evenings free to do whatever. Granted, I will probably be going to bed earlier than I used to and may need to take an afternoon nap now and then, but it is nice to know I can do things in the evenings. And lastly, it’s amazing to see how my college degree, HR job, and LifeWay experience all taught me different things to help in this position!
I’ve been working in this job for a little over a week and I love it so far! I’m really excited (and a bit tired, ha!) and it feels great to be productive again. It’s amazing how much my mood has changed now that I have a purpose. I get so excited on the drive home to see Andy again and tell him all about my day. Over dinner, we talk about our days at work and our coworkers and everything in between. I love having something to talk to him about! For months it felt like I only had things to talk about that I saw on Facebook or that were happening at church. I’m still adjusting to a new routine, so this week things like blogging consistently, exercising, and reading books have taken a back-burner. Once I get into the swing of things, I’ll add those back in 🙂
I am also working as a seasonal tax preparer until the season ends this spring which I also enjoy. The plan is for me to hopefully find another part-time job to work in the evenings (once tax season is over and that position ends) to make some extra money. With Andy leaving soon for a long time, I would honestly rather work a ton than sit at home in an empty house. (Whenever people ask how I handled long-distance dating, I always say working 50 hours between two jobs didn’t give me time to feel lonely! And it was true, at least for me!) Ideally, I would love to work at the LifeWay here in E-town since I absolutely loved working there, if they have an opening. If not, another retail position will be okay.
Honestly, if you had asked me this time last year if this is what I wanted my job to look like, I would have said no. But what I thought I wanted and what I needed turned out to be completely different. God knew His plan for me and paved a way, and I trust fully that He will weave everything together in my career.