Sorry I’ve been MIA for the better part of this week! But, as promised, I’m back to share the big news I’ve been waiting to tell you all about!
I got a new job, and I start in about two weeks!
I’ve tried to sit down and write this post all week but I haven’t been able to find the time to really dive in.
Change is something that’s hard to deal with no matter what kind of change it is – voluntary change, involuntary change, it’s always tough. And while there are always pros and cons to change, I do think change is a good thing. I truly believe that things always work out the way they’re meant to, and that God opens and closes doors when we least expect them. I also truly believe that there is a season for everything, and every season has a natural conclusion.
I have absolutely loved my current position, and I’m really not leaving it for one specific reason. There was no falling out, no hard feelings, no frustrations, and no real burn out. But, sometimes when an opportunity comes along that you believe in your heart of hearts to be something you can’t pass up, you put on your big girl panties and pursue it with all you’ve got. And if you’re lucky, and your hours of prayers are answered, and your years of hard work and passion pay off, things work out the way you want them to and you end up having to choose between a job you still love, and a job that will be more in line with your family’s future.
And that’s where we are! I officially accepted my new position with my new company a little over a week ago, and gave my two weeks notice at my current job.
I haven’t given too much detail on the blog about my day job, other than the fact that it’s in the web world, but I thought today I’d share all the details about what I’ve been doing, and what I’m going to now be doing in my new position and how I got to where I am now.
So the past three years I’ve worked as a project manager for the web design and development side of an advertising agency. It’s been a BLAST, and it’s been my favorite job ever. I’ve helped develop dozens of great sites, manage our clients’ content and blogs, implement SEO strategies, and monitor analytics, among many other things. I didn’t graduate with a degree in web design or advertising by any means, but instead, I paved my own path, and with a lot of self-teaching, I landed this current position. Essentially, starting THIS blog (and my experience with my other side ventures) is what got me here, so I think it just goes to show that it is VERY possible to align your side passions with your career and use that to your advantage. It was always a dream of mine to work in a creative environment, and an ad agency is certainly a creative environment! (I mean come on, our walls are painted fun colors, jokes are always flying, the girls partake in Bachelor/Bachelorette brackets, company outings regularly include happy hours, birthdays are celebrated with cake in the conference room, and wearing jeans isn’t frowned upon.) And now, it’s this blog and my experience in the blogosphere that’s helped lead me to my new job!
Starting here pretty soon, I’ll be working for a major influencer marketing agency! What is influencer marketing you ask? If you’re a blogger, and you ever promote products or services through your blog or social media, then YOU my friend are participating in influencer marketing. I won’t name the exact company, though you probably saw it on my Instagram, but it’s a company that you’ve probably heard of, and maybe even blogged for. You’ve probably seen badges for them on the sidebars of some of your favorite blogs, or noticed their disclaimer at the top of one of your favorite blogger’s sponsored posts. I’ve even blogged for them in the past, and have been following them for about two years, casually eyeballing their careers page.
A few months ago, they had an opening for a remote position and I applied for it without really thinking too much about it. I never followed up, and like two days after I applied the job posting was taken down so I assumed that they had probably already hired someone by the time I applied. I told myself that if the same or a similar remote position ever opened up again that I would apply again more seriously, and look into really going for it. Long story short, it opened back up about a month ago, and here we are! It’s going to be hard to walk away from my current job, but I think the timing feels right to bring this season to an end. As sad as I am about it! (And excited – such a catch 22!)
My dream since having Adeline has always been to work from home, either full time or part time. Not because I hate Adeline’s daycare, but mainly for the added flexibility. And secondly because I’m one of those weirdos who is strangely more productive working from home than from an office. Maybe it’s my inner ADD but being surrounded by super fun co-rockers all day long always seems to become a distraction. Who would have thought that?? Don’t get me wrong, I pride myself on being an excellent employee, but I have always LOVED and enjoyed the days when I can work from home and crank out my projects from my couch or coffee shop.
So anyways, I have dreamed and prayed for an opportunity like this to show itself, and I’m pinching myself over it actually coming to fruition! It’s what I’ve always wanted – a dream job of sorts. I’ll be working for a company I’ve already been following, a company where I will be able to grow and stretch and climb, and a company that’s highly intertwined with things I’m already passionate about – blogging! All while being able to keep Adeline at home with me on days when my work load allows for it! AND I CAN WORK FROM ANYWHERE! My couch. Starbucks. My parents house in TN. My inlaws house in TX. The beach. (<—yea right, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here!)
I’m super excited for this new opportunity, and hope to inspire others who feel like they graduated college with a useless degree.
YOU CAN DO IT! You are NOT married to your degree, or your major, or your minor. Taking charge of your career takes hard work and determination, and your job opportunities aren’t limited by what that piece of paper says. Trust me, I have a degree in psychology. I went from working retail after college and several lame jobs I cared nothing about, to working for a well respected ad agency, to now a top influencer marketing agency. Buckle down, teach yourself the skills you need to be successful, and don’t give up. Passion and drive can go a long way.
Thanks for sharing in my excitement! Have a great weekend!