I’ve been going back and forth about writing this post for several days now. I already shared the news on my Snapchat, but didn’t know how to announce it on the blog. I wasn’t sure if I should just scream out the news or just drop a couple of sentences into a random post.
Now that I have your full attention, here it is…
In April 2014, I wrote a post called Watch Me Walk Thru about the nervousness I had starting a new job in Washington, DC. And now a year and a half later, I am about to do another “walk thru”. That’s right, I got a new job!
This is MAJOR and definitely life-changing for me. If you’ve followed my blog the few years, then you know I’ve struggled with depression due to being unemployed for an extended period of time. I’ve always prided myself on being a hard-worker and independent. But being unemployed forced be to seek public assistance and also ask others for help, which was really HARD for me to do.
Finally in 2015, I was blessed with a job at a great association in Washington, DC. Working with this company was unlike any of my other jobs previously held. The office was fresh, open and very modern. Benefits include tickets to the Washington Nationals baseball suite, free concert tickets, a free personal training, a nutritionist and more. My co-workers were super stylish and friendly. I was in awe. So why am I leaving such a great job? Well, the downside to this job was the major paycut I took accepting it and the super expensive transportation costs.
During the past two years I’ve struggled financially, which eventually took a toll on me mentally and spiritually. I wasn’t always able to pay all my bills on time, even with me working TWO jobs. So I often questioned why God would allow me to struggle when I worked hard for everything I had. I often questioned my sanity as well and wondered how much longer could I survive barely getting by. But throughout it all, I continued to pray. And then a little over a week ago, I applied to a position outside of the original parameters I had set for my job search. Within an hour I received a call to schedule the interview two days later. And the day after my interview I received a job offer. Not only does this job restore me back to my salary before I was laid off, but I also was able to negotiate a pay raise in the near future. I’ll still be able to work in the event world, just in a different industry. This new job also allows me to expand my skills and learn a new side of events.
So what have I learned through my struggles:
I am stronger than I thought I was.
There were days where I wanted to stay in bed all day and be depressed, but could not because I had responsibilities, so I forced a smile and made things happen. There were other days where I actually stayed in bed. But I kept going and I managed to survive despite my situation.
Nothing is impossible without God.
NOTHING is impossible without God. I prayed throughout my whole struggle and will continue to pray even after. Prayer gave me the hope and the strength to just go another day and know that eventually my situation would change.
I have an AMAZING family and great friends.
My dad is my rock. He’s been through layoffs and struggles to support a family. I get a lot of my work ethic from him as well, so he totally understood my pain. He would call me almost every day to check on me and was always there whenever I needed anything. My mom, brother and sister-in-law were also great supports from phones, texts and also vacations (hey Cabo)! I also managed to maintain my sanity not only from family support, but also great friends. The older you get, the number of friends you have may become fewer, but their value and worth becomes so much greater.
As I am preparing to “walk through” another new office with new co-workers, I am a lot more confident this time around than the last time I started a new job. It’s amazing what a little prayer and faith will do for you.
So if you’re going through struggles yourself, doesn’t have to be financial, but any type of struggle, don’t give up. You may not be able to see a resolution in sight, but it will come. And when all else fails P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens).