Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mountains, Valleys & Uphill Battles

Things in my life have always been very uphill-battle-esque – like trying to climb out of quicksand – as soon as you think you have your footing, something slips out from underneath you knocking you square on your ass. Of course there have been some happy valleys thrown in there, too – I am an overall happy person despite the shit that gets thrown my way.

But that’s life, and we just deal with it and move forward smiling.

I lost my job, I figured out a way to make ends meet. Not always an easy task, but you do what needs to be done.

I finished my Master’s degree and searched for a job with my new found education. Frustratingly.

I had interviews and thought for SURE this is going to work out.

And you know what, it finally did.

On August 1st I will start a new position, one that has potential, one that I wasn’t sure I would even want but the more I think, learn and open my mind – the more excited I feel about this opportunity.

Financially, this is going to mean the world to us. As we all know, financial stress can suck the life out of a person, consider us on our last bar of life because we ARE the poster children for financial stress – so to feel secure in that aspect of life, I honestly can’t imagine what it is going to feel like but I can’t wait to find out!

The uphill battle part of this whole change is going to be that I have a 40min or more compute each way and will be gone 5 days a week. Which means my family time has gone from all.the.livelongday to about 60 hoursish a week.

From someone who didn’t ever want to stay home with her kids, to one that was forced into that role – I feel so blessed that I had that experience. That I have had the last 9 months to spend with Gianna, it was the most wonderfully challenging gift I could have been given.

That adjustment is going to be hard for me, I hope it’s not hard for her. But it is just that – an adjustment, soon enough it’ll be no big deal. I enjoy working, so I am sure [I hope!] it won’t take long for a new normal to set in.

We have a lot of scheduling issues to work out, like when I am going to still work my Jewelry biz, Mike’s varying work schedules, potential part-time preschool for G and hopefully a dance class for her as well!

It’s a new adventure, one that I didn’t think I was ready for, but am feeling much better about as it all sinks in. And feeling very thankful and blessed for a change in the right direction this time.



Anonymous said...

And thank goodness Gamma's schedule is now part-time .....just in time to have the little princess a few days a week when mom has to work!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

best of luck to you.

JustHeather said...

Congrats on your new job! I hope you all will adjust to it quickly.

Delenn said...

Congratulations on the new job! Yes, it seems life often gives us lemons--and somehow we make lemonade.

Here is hoping for a smooth transition for you and yours.

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

I just read that first comment and am so glad you have family help! You're going to figure it all out...I feel it in my bones. I'm glad you had this time too...even if it was forced.

Sara said...

Congrats on the new opportunity! It'll be an adjustment, but you will do great and G will love preschool and dance!

Danifred said...

Congratulations and what a wonderful attitude you have towards all the upcoming changes. Much love!

Nikki said...

It is a new adventure and it is a blessing! I also commute about 40 minutes each way five days a week and it is hard to be away for that amount of time. I'm lucky enough to spend summers at home (mostly) with my daughter, so I understand just a small bit of the separation you're going to feel.

But the relief from financial stress and anxiety will make all of your life so much better and more fulfilling. I think it's wonderful and I'm hoping for only good things for you :)

ICLW #104

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the new job! Hopefully things will all flow smoothly.

AwkwardMoments said...

congrats on your new adventure