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The Upside of Downsize

I don’t know if any of you have ever been downsized at work, but it’s not the most fun thing in the world. In fact, the emotions and thought processes are very similar to a breakup: you envision the perfect argument (after the fact, of course), wonder how long they knew, what you could have done differently, why you didn’t get to do the dumping first. Rejection. Even when they say “it’s not you, it’s me”, and you know it’s for the best, at the end of the day, it still hurts your feelings.
Schmidt gifBut after you spend a few days wallowing in New Girl and Double Stuf Oreos, you get yourself together and start reflecting on the positives. In my case, it is so obvious to me how God has been working on my behalf even in these less than ideal circumstances, that I can’t help but be encouraged and excited about what’s next (also, moving to the perfect city helps).  Here are a few of those things:

  1. I actually had a dream a week before my position was eliminated that it happened. There have been at least 4 times in my life where God has warned me about something through a dream. Of course, I don’t recognize it and assume my subconscious is just in overdrive. But, when my dream actually happens, I find encouragement in knowing that God knew all along. It’s like a hind-sight way for Him to remind me that He’s got it under control.
  2. My leasing office worked with me. This is a miracle, as anyone who’s ever rented an apartment knows. Those agreements are ironclad, and when they say 60 day notice, they mean 60 day notice. And the penalties for breaking the lease are hefty. But, my lease was already set to expire October 14 – nothing to break, and they even waived my 60 day requirement, bringing it down to 30, which released me of further financial obligation while giving me enough time to pack and get everything in order.
  3. Maybe the most significant of these points (which are obviously in no particular order) is that I’d been praying about moving, anyway. Georgia and I have never been a good fit, and I was considering not renewing my lease. But, I didn’t want to “run away from my problems”, and I wasn’t sure if this was my idea or God’s. So, I just prayed, and as the days got closer to my lease renewal date, got a little nervous about when God was going to answer (and what He was going to say…)  Well, per usual, He answered right on time, and even gave me the answer I wanted, if not in the way I was expecting.

I could go on, but that’s enough for now. Bottom line, God is faithful. He gave me a verse once: Isaiah 60:22 – “In its time, I will do this swiftly.”  While there was a specific application of that at the moment, He’s reminded me of it a couple more times since – now, being one of them. I’d say 27 days from downsizing to Nashville is pretty swift, especially when it came completely out of the blue.  While I don’t ever know when “its time” is going to be, it’s kind of exciting to watch things unfold so quickly before my eyes.

What are you praying and believing God for?  Has He given you promises about it?  Have you ever seen God just “swiftly” take care of things for you – were they in the way you expected?  I’d love to hear your stories, too.  I hope mine encourages you, but if nothing else, writing it all out re-encouraged me.  So, thank you. 🙂

What to be when I grow up

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.
1 - Cardigan, lace, paisleyOr 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?

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