Happy New Year!! I know. Shameful. Well at least it's not March. Just yet. Lol.
I hope your 2017 started on a high note, and if not I hope it's getting better and will continut to get better.
What can I say? I've been away living life. I've contemplated shutting this blog down because of my inconsistency. Hmmm. But then I think still like to have this place to go to air my thoughts.
My 2017 has started on a high. I had been searching for a new job on and off for years now. I'd actually given up trying at some point, but that quiet voice inside kept nudging me to try again. Last May I decided I would just apply for jobs recklessly. I worked really hard on my application competencies, had colleagues proof read and make any necessary adjustments several times. Once I had four solid examples I just went for it. I applied for job after job. I got a lot of knock backs. Initially I was heart broken. I'd put so much of my heart into these write ups, the rejections felt very personal. I started to feel stuck. I remember having a conversation with my siblings, pouring my heart out because I felt so stuck in life. I went crying to God, and that's when I heard "no matter the outcome of each application, just keep going.". So I decided that was it, I'd just keep pushing forward. I'd modified my competencies so much, that I decided I wouldn't change a single thing any more.
So I kept applying for job after job. I'd taken some time off work in December - it was a fantastic time off! On the day I returned to work I received my very first positive response. I was elated! I'd been invitied for an interiview. I would like to point out that this was to be my first interview in over a decade. I prepared for my interview like I was preparing for a final exam. I researched and researched. Read and read until my head hurt. The night before the interview I went to bed early with a headache. I arrived at my interview thirty minutes early ( I was actually fifty minutes early, but got a bit lost). I was sent away because I was too early and they weren't quite ready for me. I took the time to gather my thoughts. I read a scripture - Mark 11:24 - 'whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.' over and over and said another quick prayer.
I returned for my interview nerves settled (somewhat) and ready to go for it. The inteview went ok in my opinion. I felt I could have done better, but I trusted God would fill any holes. There was a point I got completely stuck, like twenty or so seconds of silence. One of the interviews took pitty on me and started asking questions about scenarios, and situations, and resolutions etc. I started to flow again. Even if I'd messed up too much, I was grateful for her help.
The very next day I got an email, followed by a phone call. I got the job!! I can't tell you how happy I was. I still smile when I think of that moment.
I started my new job on Monday. Every day I smile walking into the building. People must think I'm crazy. Lol! I am just so grateful to God, and so proud of myself. I did it. I wanted a change and I went for it. I dug my heels in and I got the job!
My new office is just pure beauty. The building is breath-taking. I absolutely love it. And the job? Mehn! You know when you think about where you started, and wonder how you got here? Every day. My mum can't stop boasting. Seriously.
This of course has encouraged me to start setting personal and family goals and working as hard as I possibly can towards them.
|These are tools I used to help me keep going when I felt like giving up.|
I really, really hope this encourages someone who needs to be encouraged.
Go for it!! You absolutely can do it!
Until next time,