Life comes at you at lightning speed! Only a few blinks ago I was an official adult Graduating High School, and here I am now at 43 years old looking back fanning myself with disbelief.
It’s interesting how we track time. The same amount of time will feel like ages while at other times it slips right through our fingers. Sure, my own life has been filled by tremendous events not experienced by many but I think that once we hit 40 many of us ask ourselves”
“What have we done with our lives up to now and where are we heading?”
Recovering from a recent hysterectomy and facing the probability of cancer once again really gets you thinking on life and time! Most especially while I care for my now teens… TEENS… oh my goodness. A healthy life suddenly has taken the driver seat and don’t know at what point can I say:
“Am I ready to do this?”
Then I checked myself on this question. HOW can I not place my health first… finally? What if I was diagnosed with cancer or another debilitating disease? How will my children survive this?
Thankfully I was given a second chance on life and have been regaining my health and energy, slowly but surely, and took a look at my job/career. The truth was that I wasn’t happy with either. Other than my blogging, my job was just that – a job. It didn’t provide a needed service or change in my community or environment. The work life there was also very wearing on my spirit.
On December 2016 I gave my resignation. It was one of the most scariest decisions of my life, as a Single-Mom and the decades of Accounting positions I was finally in a high Accounting and Human Resources position. Saying good bye to it was hard but once I committed to this decision I immediately knew it was the right one. It was the Holidays and job postings were at it’s lowest and slowest but I had prepared for a long job search because it was more than just about the money now.
What Was I searching for in my life and new job?
With a high position I had a tremendous amount of stress. The work structure was not a strong one and I did magic while there, and this literally took the wind out of me. I was using my inhaler almost on the daily, rarely saw the sun, worked on intense deadlines and was out of energy by the time I got home. The balance of life, work and peace didn’t exist.
I wanted to work hard but for an organization that is creating change. A work place with structure and a calm environment is essential to me. Stability is everything in our lives and looked for long standing companies with benefits for my children and I.
And so I built a vision board. On them I placed all my wants and needs as well as identified a few organizations I wished to work at.
I posted on all my social media accounts and let all my friends know that I was looking for a position when I turned in my resignation. One friend knew of a friend looking to fill a position in their Accounting office. Guess what? It was in one of the organizations on my vision board! My interview was scheduled the day after my last day at my job and was offered the position shortly after.
Sadly, the agency handling the process took over a month to process my paperwork and life through me a curve ball. My Mother’s health became a concern and I needed to place her health needs first. She literally has appointments 2-3 times a week and needed to look for a position that allowed me time to be free in the mornings to take her to them.
I kept applying for various positions on my vision board and sent my application to various agencies. Soon I received an interview at my #1 organization on my vision board. I was stoked! My vision board was bringing my wishes to life…
I did great at the interview but it was filled internally but they liked me so much I was recommended for the same position at a different location. The rest is history!
I am LOVING my job! I enjoy the people I work with and my stress level is at a ZERO… ZE-RO! I work Swing shift, which accommodates to the needed time for my Mom’s appointments and I drive in non-traffic hours so my tank of gas lasts me almost twice as long (I really do worry on my carbon foot print!)
I’ve found PEACE! I’m 43 years old and finally found PEACE. My job is in an organization that not only provides a product that lives in a lot of people’s home but they also have various community and environment programs that helps them. AND their motto is to HELP YOU GROW in to higher positions in the company… like who does that?!
What I want you to take away from this post is…
It’s never too late to re-balance your life to what is right for you and your kiddos. It’s not easy or simple but it is possible. Health and Tomorrow is not promised, and finding a job/career that is purposeful as well as align to your professional needs and wants is a must. We practically spend 80% of our time at work and trust me, it affects every aspect of your life, including your health.
I’m still working on a formula to spend more time blogging here, but understand that my Mom’s health is taking much out of me. You can follow my Instagram for your daily dose of BBWGeneration as I share so much there. Find me there as @BBWGeneration
Are you facing such decisions? Would love to hear what’s going on with you too!