Friday, January 4, 2013

Making it Work (just in case you ever wanted to learn about my work history...)

Continuing on my January Quest I exercised and wrote today! 

Exercise
I increased my exercising today by walking 40 minutes (a little over 1.5 miles) at a fairly good pace.  I am pleased with my progress, but let's move on to what I wrote today, because this just poured out of me.  Here's hoping you were really wanting to read all about my work experiences today....

Write Something:  Making It Work
I've had several different jobs in my lifetime.  Some were better than others, but whether great or not-so-good, all of them have had an impact on who I have become today.

During my high school years, my very first job was helping in the kitchen at Aunt and Uncle's restaurant.   While I was in college I continued working there as a waitress.  I also took a job at college working in the Word Processing Center.  Later, after college, I worked at two different banks as a receptionist, teller, and loan processor. 

Then our boys arrived and I got to stay home and be their mom.  What a blessing!  I was busy keeping the home fires burning and raising our boys, but I also found ways to "work from home".

I sold Avon to the neighbors for a while.  Then, I rented a booth in a crafter's mall and sold rugs and wreaths I made.  Later, during most of our boys' growing up years, I taught scrapbooking classes and sold supplies through Creative Memories. 

Truth be told...with each of these "work from home" jobs, I probably spent more money than I earned.  And out of pure love, Hubby supported my efforts even though it usually cost us instead of adding to our income.  Thankfully Hubby had a good paying job by this time - and we didn't have to live on love.

In the middle of all those raising years, I also homeschooled our boys, which was most fulfilling and eventually led to an amazing job opportunity. 

While I was happy and content with my place in our family, God decided to make a huge change.  Prompted by the desire of our Scientist to go full time to a private school, I walked into the school office looking for part time office work and came out with a job teaching home school enrichment classes.

The Principal saw something in me.  He saw potential.  He believed in my abilities.  He believed in me when I wasn't so sure myself.  But with God's grace and much training, after a few years, I started to believe it too. 

Even better than that - I quickly fell in love with teaching those incredible children.  I built relationships with them and their families.  I also became quite close with several of my fellow teachers.  I learned so very much from them.  My life was enriched to a measure I had never expected.  It was a blessed time of growth for me. 

To this day, I am grateful to God for allowing me such a life-altering opportunity.  I'm so thankful the Principal saw the possibilities in me - and I'm not talking about just in the beginning.  Time after time, he gently encouraged, corrected, and trained me from the time I started teaching until the day we moved away.  I will never forget that.  It changed me for the better in immense ways.

When we moved away and that time in my life ended, I mourned it.  It's part of the "blue hue" I mentioned in November.  Even though I had never planned to be a teacher, I missed teaching my students.  I missed their parents.  I missed my fellow teachers and staff.  And I missed the mentoring from the Principal. 

It was the first time in my married life that I struggled with my place in this world. Up until that point, no matter where we lived or what I was doing while we were there, I felt at peace.  After our last move, I was thrown for a loop.  I just felt lost.

Suddenly I was back home, stirring the home fires again, homeschooling a high schooler, and while I believed it was what I was supposed to be doing, it still felt...strange.  I don't know why.  But it did.

Then one day while sitting in my Hug Chair wallowing in a little teeny tiny bit of self pity, I started thinking about what I could do to find some peace.  After toying with the idea of writing a blog and coming up with my Heart & Spirit Monthly Quest idea, I gathered up enough courage to share it with my family and a few close friends.  The response was so supportive, it gave me the confidence I needed to pursue this new idea.

Now that I've been working on it for several weeks, I am amazed with what has come of this little idea.  I am finally writing down all this "stuff" that has been swirling in my head for years.  I've received encouragement from friends, family, and readers from around the world.  Amazing.

Here's something that hit me today:  If God had not moved our family, I would most likely still be teaching in the classroom, which means I wouldn't have time to write this blog.  While I still miss my former job, I am excited about this new chapter in my life.  I am trusting God with this plan and I am up for the next adventure.  Today as I sit here writing, I feel...at peace.

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