I wanted to share a cool story with ya’ll.
Two years ago right now I had to quit my job being a school bus driver. I had been off for two months already because of my back, and the doctor said everyday I drove the bus I was doing more irreversible damage to the disc. I didn’t love my job but I made pretty good money for what I was doing, and the hours were fantastic. Not to mention driving a big old bus is kinda fun. 🙂
I had three shots the first year, two worked and one didn’t seem to work as well. That led to the surgery in January 2018. By the time the full recovery would’ve been over I was down again and my disc was worse than before. So into surgery I went again, this time they fused the vertebrae and hopefully (fingers crossed) we are done with back problems.
I’m getting older and don’t have a lot of marketable skills, unless you count the 27 years of being a mother and wife and keeping a house in order (which no-one does). I have had part time jobs here and there including doing day care in our home, and have some skills from them, but nothing I felt like I could do at this point in my life. Every job I have looked at requires either a degree or experience. AND I decided I would not go to work until I found THE job that would fit some requirements that I came up with. Remember the scene in Practical Magic when Sally sends her true love spell out into the wind?
That’s what I’ve done over the last two years with my true job spell, if you will. I decided it would need to include the following criteria.
- I would have to enjoy it. (obviously)
- Work with people that were kind and good for my soul to be around.
- It needed to bring something good into the world.
- Close to home.
- Understand family is first.
- Being able to do events (women’s retreats would be the dream.)
- Working with people and making their lives better somehow.
- Ideas: Event planning or a receptionist of some sort.
- Preferable part time right now.
The problem was, of course, severe lack of marketable skills and very little office experience in a professional setting.
A few weeks ago a friend invited me to an open house for her new venture. (This is a lady who has coached my girls in basketball, I don’t know very well, and we’ve only been out to lunch one other time a year ago.) I wasn’t able to go but it sounded like a good thing. Then I talked to one of the officers that my husband works with and he mentioned this place. I decided to ask my friend if she wanted to go to lunch so I could learn a little more about what she was doing. We ate lunch and talked about things that cemented how much I really like this woman and how similar our core values and thoughts about life are. On the way home she mentioned that they were looking for a secretary. Part time for now. (I also watch my cutest little nephew two days a week so this is perfect!) I told her I would be so interested in the job, but I have no skills. She said something to the effect of, they are looking for a friendly face who can greet clients with warmth and answer phones, the other things can be taught. I said sign me up. She told me to send in a resume. I interviewed and got the job!!
I am a firm believer that certain people or opportunities are placed in our paths at just the right time. Sometimes it is something hard and sometimes it is something good. Sometimes it takes a little while to see which and sometimes you know right off the bat. I don’t believe in predestination, but I do believe in guidance from something bigger than myself. I asked for a little prayer help from my friends, sent lots of good thoughts into the universe, and decided whatever happened was meant to be. Here is the really cool part. This job includes these things:
- Working with people who are coming to a place to get help…sometimes through ART! WHAT?! Art therapy is done here. Turns out it is so similar to what I do with Soul Restoration.
- The two therapists are AMAZING WOMEN who have goodness oozing out of them.
- There is literally a KINDNESS wall in my new office. A KINDNESS WALL YOU GUYS! It is a wall filled with quotes about kindness. QUOTES…ya’ll know how much I love positive words.
- They do women’s retreats that maybe I can help with now and then. Seriously.
- It is located at the end of my road. No lie, my girls can walk to my office in five minutes on the trail in front of our house.
- Part-time for now, turning into full time eventually, still time for my recovery to be full before that would happen.
- It’s a mother/daughter team. FAMILY.
Mind seriously blown right now. I know some of you have super high powered amazing jobs. You have degrees and experience and I have been jealous of you for years. But here is the truth for me; I love being home. If it were feasible for me, I would be a homemaker and teach classes in the art cabin. Period, the end. I love being here when my girls get home from school. I love puttering around the farm doing housework and working in the yard. If I had any choice in the world it would be to just be here. I know that isn’t for everyone, but it is for me. So if I have to go out in the world and work, this job is literally perfect for the place I’m in right now. It checked every box. I don’t know why I got so lucky but I sure am grateful for it. I hope I can do good things with the opportunity and not only help our family but maybe other’s too. I’m SCARED. I haven’t been in the work place for a long time and haven’t worked at a job like this for years. I have to work with insurance companies…ick. However, I know this is the time and this is the job.
So there you go. Cool story, amiright? I guess mostly I just wanted to let you know that good things can happen. Not just for me, but for you too. Is this my dream? Nope. But it is good, really good. Sometimes what gets put in front of you isn’t exactly what you want but it’s pretty damn close. Don’t be afraid to take it.
It’s the first week of a new year!! EEEK…that is always exciting, isn’t it? I wish for all of you the best 2019 you can have.