|Preemptive celebratory lunch, unbeknownst to us.|
It has been an eventful and exciting week over here! So much happened in so little time, so I spent this weekend doing nothing but lazing about the house, watching movies and HGTV, and spending way too much time in a thrift shop I stumbled upon. In a way, this weekend was my last hurrah of housewifery.
I seriously pursued job hunting about one week after we arrived in Knoxville. Since I milked every last minute of my last job, I put off any serious thought of getting a new job. My final month in Houston revolved around work, school, house hunting, and packing – of course. Job hunting is exhausting, exciting, time-consuming, frustrating, and boring (as there is a lot of waiting and hoping).
This job hunt was particularly challenging, because I had a very specific job for which I was striving. I have wanted to work in long term care (skilled nursing facility, assisted living, retirement home, etc.) for about a year, and I have been reminded many times that it is a difficult field to break into… but I am not so easily deterred! Once I ventured into the depths of internet job postings, I had accepted that I would need to fight my way to get a front desk position just to get my foot in the door. I am new to the field, and I have no connections in Knoxville. (People, never underestimate the importance of networking in life.)
Additionally, job hunting requires marketing yourself, and that can be difficult! On one hand, you’re expected to present your best self and pump your own tires. On the other, you need to remain humble and genuine. Having a successful interview is a skill that requires preparation. Even when I am confident that I am a strong candidate for a job, I remember that interviews are about more than just skills and accomplishments; interviews are about connection, fit, and mutual benefit.
To top it all off, this job hunt was challenging, because news alert: Being a housewife is so not my jam. Hear me out before you get all judgey-pants on me. There is a lot to say about partners who establish and manage the home. People who feel passionately about doing that definitely turn a house into a home which is a huge contribution to a family of any size. Partners who are afforded the opportunity to be a stay-at-home parent are such a gift to their children. Over the last month, I have learned that I am not interested in staying home at this stage in my life and career. I feel like I still have so much to give! I feel like I am just beginning my “what I want to be when I grow up” path. I feel like my personal successes bring so much good to my marriage, and I want to continue that.
** Also, I know I have watched one too many episodes of “The Hills.” Am I 23 again?!
Despite the stress and challenges of job hunting, I am so excited to tell you that I landed my current dream job! Next Monday, I start my new position as a sales manager for a wonderful assisted living community. I cannot wait to get started! I am still in awe about how this job offer unfolded. More on that later.
Here’s to my last week as a housewife (for now)!