A Life Update from Stephanie

Posted August 5th, 2021 by in Personal / 4 comments

    The Quick Deets

  • I quit my job that I love after 15 years
  • I started a new job for the city I live in
  • I’m going to back to college!!!
The Full Story

Well hi there! You know the old saying “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”? That’s been me in 2021. I was really picking up speed with reading and blogging in May. I had a stellar reading month and I was starting to get into the groove of things again. Dewey’s 24 Hour read-a-thon in April really kicked my behind into gear.

Hubby and I took a week long vacation in May. I hadn’t had time off work since pre-COVID; so a little over a year. We had a great spring/summer lined up with a week off for me 3 out of the 6 months. We were heading over to a friend’s that Saturday. It was a little bit of a drive. On my way out the door, I got an email asking me to review my employer on Indeed. I thought that was kind of weird because they are a very small company and wouldn’t garner much attention on Indeed.

I got nosey (as I usually am) and went to see what others had said. I found out one of my coworkers was retiring. There was only one person in that position so it was easy to deduce. Then I went to the feed in the app. Back when we first relocated I had been looking for positions in my new city. My employer and I both were unsure how well working remotely was going to go.

There was a job listed in my feed that peaked my interest immediately. I’d seen it in my Facebook feed when the city originally posted that they were looking to fill the position. I didn’t apply then because I didn’t meet the requirements listed. When I saw it the second time something in me knew that they hadn’t filled the position after the first posting.

For whatever reason, I decided that I’d apply (this was on the Saturday afternoon of my vacation) and the worst that would happen is that I wouldn’t hear back from them. On Monday morning I got an email asking me to complete an application. On Tuesday I had an interview for the following Tuesday. I still didn’t have high hopes as I don’t have a Bachelor’s degree.

That Tuesday came and I’d actually gotten a few pointers from my sister (she’s in HR) and a friend who was learning how to interview and what to look for as she was filling a position at her own job. The great thing about having a job that you love already is that the pressure during an interview is considerably less. I was able to be myself. One thing that I have learned is that being honest in a job interview and not overselling myself works best for me. I was very honest about my capabilities and my thoughts.

The interview went fantastically well. The two women I met with were very open and they put me at ease pretty much right away. I left the interview and I just had a feeling; however, I am notorious for getting my hopes up and having them dashed. This time I remained cautiously optimistic. The position was offered to me on the next day, Wednesday.

Next came tendering my notice to a job that I not only loved but had been at for 15 years. It’s the only job I really count as having as an adult. But the benefits of being an employee for the city were just too great to pass up. I also had two hours to dwell on it because I thought it was best to give my notice in person instead of via phone or email. The next two weeks were a blur.

Part of accepting the job with the city means that I need to go back to school to get my degree. I’ve enrolled at our local community college to get the associate’s legwork done. I had 15 credit hours transfer over so I have one term completed. I’m starting with 12 credit hours and classes begin at the end of August. I’m hoping that I’ll be just fine with 4 classes. I have no kiddos and we live a pretty boring social life. Winter in the midwest means that we try to stay in as much as we can so that won’t be a problem.

I’m in my 6th week with the city and I love it. I know that it won’t always be rosy and wonderful. After three years working remotely I’m enjoying going to an office everyday. I’m enjoying seeing the faces of my coworkers each day. The work is also challenging in new ways. The first few weeks I was perpetually exhausted from all the learning that was happening.

This also means adjusting to a new schedule which is going to change again at the end of the month. I think I’m adapting well but if something has to be cut from time the first thing that usually goes is the fun stuff. Reading has been exceptionally difficult the last two months. Once school starts I’m sure I’m going to struggle with finding time. I will read where I can and keep blogging when/where I can. My joy of reading really did become so much stronger this year and I’m not going to let go that easily.

If you’ve made it to the end, thank you!! I’m pretty excited to start this new chapter in my life!

Stephanie

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4 Responses to “A Life Update from Stephanie”

    • Stephanie

      Thank you!! I keep thinking about how all of this almost never happened except that I was bored in the truck and figured “why not?” Crazy how one moment changed the whole trajectory of my life!

  1. Lover of Romance

    oh wow….look at all the adventures you are experiencing and what is ahead for you. I am hoping this new chapter in your life will reap great rewards for you.

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