The other night I was reading back through some of my old posts, and I realized how much I wrote about my struggles with what is now, my old job. I was very open about my hatred (to put it bluntly) for my work, and many people responded to these posts. I received encouraging messages, emails, and texts from various people in my life-for whom I am so grateful. I feel I owe it to them and to anyone willing to read, to give an account of the past few weeks, and my journey from my old job to my new one. I have mentioned little snippets here and there on this blog, but I will now give a more specific account. This is, more than anything, a testimony of God's faithfulness and love to me in what was a pretty tough time in my life.
As many of you know I was struggling with my old job for a long time. I started back in February, and while I was happy to have a job at all, it was not something I enjoyed in the slightest. Every night I dreaded the thought of getting up in the morning and going. I felt completely out of my element, and each day grew harder and harder to tolerate. Towards the end, I was praying everyday for God to show me what to do. I had searched everywhere I could think of for other work, but nothing was opening for me. I was scared to quit my bad job, only to be unemployed and cause Kevin and I to become completely broke (instead of only a little broke ;)). I dealt with this for awhile and a few events and happenings lead to the point where I knew that I needed to quit my job; pronto.
So on the day before Kevin and I left for Mexico, I put in my 2 week notice. It was a beautiful day :) But even though I was thrilled to be quiting, I was also stressed out about finding a new job. It was like a tug of war going on in my head.
That very day -I kid you not- I found out about an opening that was to become my new job.
2 lovely ladies from our church (who were also in Kevin and I's small group) partnered together and opened their own store this past summer. It started relatively small, just the 2 of them in a small space, but by August they already needed to expand and start hiring people. They offer unique clothing, shoes, accessories, and handmade artwork at a fraction of the cost of their competitors, and people LOVE it! Check out their facebook page here
So I found out on Friday that they were looking for another person to come work in the store and I immediately texted them telling them I wanted to apply! I emailed them my resume, and that was that. Kevin and I left for Mexico the next day.
When we got back from Mexico, I was finishing my last days at the old job, I got the word back that they wanted me to come work at the store!
This was the biggest blessing ever- that I could roll right from my old job into my new one. I literally didn't have 1 single day where I was unemployed! This was a huge answer to prayer, and I am so thankful for God's perfect timing.
I have been working at the store now for just about 3 weeks, and I am enjoying it so much. It is my first time really working in retail, and I have learned a lot. I am constantly trying to be more personable and outgoing with people who come in. I am generally a bit more reserved, so this job is making me step out of my comfort zone a little bit and be more personable (which is such a good thing!) Also, people in the south are a lot more openly friendly and kind to each other, in general, so I feel like I'm going from zero niceness to 200%!! hahah
So this was my update. God is good. He has answered my prayers. I am so glad He cares about even the smallest details of my life, and the bigger things too, like having a home & a job. Why would I ever doubt Him?