Life is full of transitions, some we choose and some we don’t. Some transitions are easy and some scare the crap out of you. I’m in a scare the crap out of you transition. Scarier yet it’s a transition of my choosing. Almost 2 years ago I was approached about a position. With a 5 month old baby at home I made the decision that a break from sales would be great for my family. But a job that was planned to be a transition and is now almost 2 years old . I realize in full that in most cases people plan and God laughs.
“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” — Thomas Edison
In the course of a day I wear many hats mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, part-time blogger, entrepreneur, and full-time employee. Some of these roles are more challenging than others. My family needs my time and my happiness. My issue with the position I took almost two years ago is a complex one. I love the work I do. I enjoy seeing the happiness that a successful new media campaign can bring to a client. I like to see how excited they get about banner ads, facebook, twitter, and their newly developing communities. I am a true believer in the power that social media can bring businesses. I know it sounds silly but when you give people something other than a logo and slogan to hold onto it’s amazing how devoted customers sprout and share. I am simply finding it impossible to sit in an office for 8 hours a day for many reasons. The work I do no longer requires me to work at a set location can I be at the beach everyday absolutely NOT. But I do want to spend more time taking care of my kids and seeing them more than a few hours a day. My issues are culture related. You just know when a job isn’t making you happy. Obviously no one is going to be satisfied 100% of the time at any job. It’s not called work because it’s a picnic. Simply you know when something isn’t working for you, my oldest son has some pretty serious medical needs and it’s becoming impossible to give him the attention he needs when I don’t have the time to take off of work. Sales offered me the flexibility to be able to attend daytime drs appointments, make calls in private and freedom to a certain degree in my schedule . A set 40 hour a week desk job is making these tasks hard on my family.
“Life is Ours to Make”
For 5 years my husband has been working full-time and going to school 2-3 nights a week as part of his union apprenticeship. He’s amazing at his job, and I’m not just a loving caring wife supporting him (I mean I’m those things too) but he legitimately is the best in his class. He just got a HUGE award for being the most outstanding in his class. I’m very proud that for all those years he has put in the time working 40+ hours a week and going to school, that man deserves a medal! But for 5 years changing up my career plans wasn’t really an option we had. Now we not have the option.
As our conversations have unfolded let it be known my original college major was Dental Hygiene, yes I wanted to clean teeth! At 18 though as college gets closer it sounds way more exciting to go to college for Broadcasting and Mass Communications. I COULD be the next Katie Courick (couldn’t we all, but would we want to?). In college I realized while I loved people and TV news, what I really loved was the creativity of advertising sales. You could help businesses grow, give them creative ideas, and get paid pretty well right out of college. I spent 7 years working in advertising sales for various media. As with any sales jobs it was stressful. And here we are…
This weekend We made a plan. I wrote through an entire notepad what I wanted out of my life. I want to be a mom who spends time with her kids, I want to direct my own career, I want to be a dental hygienist!
I received my acceptance letter almost 3 weeks ago and have been pining and planning for what is to be my family’s newest life adventure. I’m very excited to announce that this fall I am entering a full-time two-year program to become a dental hygienist! I have no idea how it will go but I’m up for the challenge! Luckily for me lots of my credits from my Bachelors degree are transferring so some of my pre-reqs are taken care of.
Today at about the same time this post goes live. I am giving my notice to my current position. I am lining up freelance social media and digital advertising clients and starting the new chapter in my career. Am I crazy? Maybe. Am I going to be working harder than ever to help provide for my family. Yes.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs
I have no idea how this journey will go but it’s a journey I need to take and I’m very lucky to have a wonderful husband who is supporting me through this. Will we need to make some cut backs of course but I can live without eating out. Sadly and seriously we are paying ourselves money by no longer needing full-time daycare. What this change really means for me is getting some fire in my belly, a feeling I’ve been without for far too long. That drive to have something better for my family.
The next few months will be a transition for me. I plan on spending more time with my beautiful babies and husband, blogging more seriously, getting in actual workouts, putting together new business proposals and meetings until my fingers bleed. Preparing myself to go back to full-time student mommy status. I also have a mortgage that needs to be paid so I see lots of creativity in my future as well.
I read this amazing blog post from Life Without Pants: You’re not Stuck Unless You Are. by Matt Cheuvront. It’s amazing and I encourage everyone to read it as well!
Life is too short to waste it being unhappy about a job, when it’s just a job. You need to be willing to take the first step towards getting unstuck. These are my first steps towards getting myself unstuck. I might fall flat on my face or I might soar. I’m not sure but I know I’m going to need to get up every morning and kick myself in the butt everyday and for that I’m thankful.
This is a new way to start again and build something I want for myself and my family.
So now I have to know from you… If you could be anything in the world what would it be?