Well, I started a full-time marketing job for our local school district in January and it has been a crazy, whirlwind of an adventure! It’s really an amazing story how it all happened.
A little background info before I begin the story though…
I have my Bachelor’s degree in Communications and did an internship at an Advertising & PR company after I graduated. I’ve always been the creative type and thought I was entering into a career that would allow me to use my natural talents. The internship, however, ended up being more about market research and less about doing anything creative whatsoever. I sat in a cubicle all day, on the phone, and I was bored to tears.
At that point in time, jobs in the field were hard to come by. I spent months searching for a job that I wasn’t even excited about. So I started volunteering at an elementary school in my spare time. I loved it. So I enrolled in a graduate program to become a teacher.
After earning my Master’s degree and my teaching certificate, I landed a job as a fourth grade teacher and ended up teaching for 6 years at an amazing school. When we found out we were having triplets, however, it was a no-brainer that I would stay home with them until they started school.
That’s when I started this blog. I was a stay-at-home mom of three babies, itching for a creative outlet and a connection with the outside world. I didn’t make hardly any money doing it, but I loved it and it was exactly what I needed to get through some really tough years.
Fast forward 7 years and our kids are now first graders. My hope had always been to turn this blog into a career because it’s something I truly love and it offers such flexibility. Unfortunately it takes a long while to turn a blog into a steady income stream and it just wasn’t meeting our financial needs. I knew I needed to supplement blogging with something else, so I applied to be a substitute teacher in my kids’ school district in October.
Very shortly after applying, I was called into the district office for an interview. As I was waiting for my interview to begin, I started browsing the posted open positions on the wall. A “Marketing Liaison” position immediately caught my eye and I became very intrigued. As I skimmed through the job qualifications, I became more and more excited as I realized that I met every qualification. When I finished reading, I knew the job was meant for me. I no longer wanted to go in and interview for a substitute teacher job; I wanted THIS job instead. My palms started sweating and I prayed that God would give me the right words to say.
Thankfully, God answered and the HR Director brought up the marketing job before I even had the chance. After looking at my resume, he thought I would be a good candidate for the position. Praise the Lord!
I ended up being offered a substitute position, which I accepted, but I immediately went home and applied for the marketing job. I remember calling Jacob, so excited to tell him all about the open position, barely mentioning that I had been offered a substitute job. Never had I been so excited about a job opportunity!
It was a long, slow process and extremely nerve-wracking, but after three months of constant prayer, I was finally offered the job. And it has been a dream come true! I have never been able to say that I love my job…until now.
Basically, my job entails spending time in schools, taking pictures, and sharing the awesome things that are going on across our district with our community via social media (check out @MonroeWAschools on social media!). I am also working on re-branding our district and launching a new, improved website. I get to spend time with kids and utilize my creativity and skill sets every single day.
I honestly feel like God opened up a door and led me through it when it was something I hadn’t even anticipated. It’s funny how He works like that.
Whenever I have hard days at work or feel incompetent, I remind myself that God gave me this job for a reason and it’s exactly where I’m meant to be right now.I’m going to be honest with you here though; it’s been a real struggle adjusting to working full-time and still feeling like I’m doing an adequate job as a mom and wife. The house is usually a disaster, we eat a lot of takeout, and I have no time at all to myself. I feel stretched really thin and some days I’m not a nice person to be around. But man, is it nice to have a steady paycheck with benefits, to get to interact with other adults, and to feel important again. And, together as a family, we’re making it work.
But don’t worry, my friends, I’m not closing shop on the blog. I love blogging way too much to let it go completely. The last four months have been about finding a new balance between work and family, but I’ve realized that I need to do things that I enjoy too, otherwise I end up being a short-tempered, bitter person.
So my hope is to blog once a week or as the mood strikes. I love being creative and sharing my ideas and projects with you. I crave it and I’ve missed it so much. So that’s where I’m at and my hope is that you are still willing to hang with me and give me grace as I continue to seek balance in my life.
Thanks for reading, friends.