When I announced on Friday that I am moving to Nashville, I didn’t mention that one of the reasons for the move is that my position here in Georgia was eliminated. While I obviously was not excited about that part, I am grateful that God answered my prayers in a very clear, direct way. In reflecting on the situation, I’ve seen God’s hand in a lot of ways, and I’m going to talk some more about it coming up. It’s hard to know what to say, though – I’ve never been accused of being an overly private person on this public blog, and I want to talk about what I’m going through in hopes that it might help other people in similar positions. But, I also want to do it properly. So, bear with me if things come out piece meal over the next few weeks. I’m still “processing” (that word kinda annoys me, but it fits) everything myself.
While starting from scratch is a bit daunting, it’s also exciting, as it allows me to really dream! (Also, to be fair, I’ve lived in 10 states, so starting over may not intimidate me as much as some people…I’m pretty used to it.) I’ve got lots of time on my hands right now, and with it, I’ve been dreaming about the fun I’m going to have in Nashville, the celebs I’m going to hang out with (kidding…ish), the people I’m going to meet. I’ve also been dreaming about my new job.
Honestly, I have no idea what I’m going to do. I have often said that people my age are told our whole lives that we can do whatever we want, so we have no trouble believing that. It’s figuring out what we actually do want to do that no one helps us with. Plus, my job in Georgia was, I thought, my dream job. When it turned out not to be, I found myself feeling like I was back at square one – only this time, I’m 30, not a bright-eyed 22 year old fresh out of college.
So, I’m open. I apply to all kinds of jobs that I think I could enjoy doing, and trust that God will lead me to the right one. I used to think I had to be involved in a very specific area of “ministry” in order to feel fulfilled and like I was serving God. I’m no longer trying to define what field that will be – education, corporate, non-profit, government… I’m willing to explore all options, as I’ve realized that God can use me anywhere He wants, and He needs people in all arenas who will live for Him.
But, still, I try to figure out what it will be – who I’ll work with, if I’ll get to travel, what the dress code will be… Maybe I’ll teach and wear something like this look (only probably a little longer hemline) – an outfit which reminds me of Jess Day, my favorite television character of all time.
Or maybe I’ll be back to the business suit/dress pants attire of my former life as a law school employee. Maybe I’ll have a uniform…(just kidding. I can’t imagine any scenario in which I take a job requiring a uniform). Regardless, I think it’s going to be great!
What’s the dress code at your job? Do you like it, or do you have very strict “work clothes” that never otherwise see the light of day? How did you get into your current line of work – straight out of college, a chance interaction, or some natural series of promotions and career switches related or not to your degree?