Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Housewife Days Are Over (For Now)!

Job Offer Day Lunch
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)!

13 comments:

Betsy Transatlantically said...

YAY CONGRATULATIONS! you really are a rockstar.

(and so housewifery isn't for you right now - what's there to judge? you do what's right for you.)

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Best part: "my CURRENT dream job" ...the sky is our limit, Sis! So proud of you :)

Treasure Tromp said...

yay yay, congratulations! that is so fantastic! I admire you for going out, braving the networking seas, and getting what you want. Enjoy your last week as a housewife ... for now ;)

Whitney said...

So so excited and proud of you! You're going to rock it!

Belle Vierge said...

Félicitations! That's so exciting. Yes, job hunting SUCKS. Frankly, my job is pretty random and has nothing to do with my degree or long-term interests. But all the jobs I applied to that did relate to my degree and long-term interests didn't want me. Count yourself lucky to have found a job you also really want!!!!

Bree said...

Eeeek!! Congratulations Lindsey! I'm so excited for you. You're going to rock it girl! :)

Jenn said...

Whoop whoop! So exciting. You know what? I have an internal daily struggle with starting to expand my family. The hubs has crazy baby fever but I feel like I am just starting my career. Here comes the struggle of whether to start a family or build my career further?!

stylesound said...

EEEEE congrats!!! you so deserve it, how exciting! can't wait to hear how it goes :)

Meg Cady said...

EEEEEE Congrats!!!!!! SUPER EXCITING!!!!

RadiantKristen said...

It is awesome that you landed this kind of job! So glad that you and Mr. TBS are now going to be working full time in jobs that you love. Congratulations and good luck!

Burbank Homestead said...

Congrats on getting the job you worked so hard for!

Devon said...

I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

Michelle said...

YAY!!! I want to give you a massive internet high five. Good luck tomorrow :)