On a whim last weekend I responded to an ad I saw posted online for a social media and marketing specialist. Though I knew I was qualified for the position, I expected an outcome similar to what I had experienced after months of job searching… that my resume would float around the cyber ether, never to be seen or heard from again. I was beginning to doubt that anyone existed on the other end of my queries and that jobs were posted without an intent to fill (or that my resume and cover letters were somehow riddled with grammatical errors and misspellings).
On Monday I was called in for an interview and by Wednesday I had accepted the job offer. Friday I met with my boss and delivered the news I had been waiting to say for quite some time: that I was putting in my two weeks’ notice to pursue something I’ve taught myself how to do from scratch with the help of books, blogs, online reading, conversations with professionals, and networking.
In less than two weeks, I will begin working with a small start-up company, enabling their clients to expand their social media outreach. Of course I’m terrified: there’s always a bit of trepidation that comes with a career change, but all signs point to the fact that I have made the right decision in my career path. What’s more? I’ll be working from home and can essentially create my own hours provided all work gets done in a timely fashion.
It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.
I have comfortably settled into complacency over the years and it’s time to break away to try something new, something challenging, and something where I can finally utilize my writing skills. I feel a tremendous weight lifted.
The other day, I rolled down the window and breathed in the morning air on my commute to the path station.
“Oh, my god, Bryan. I have a new job!”
He turned to me and smiled. “Yes, Charlotte. You do.”
Sometimes I have to say the words out loud to convince myself I’m not dreaming.
In other news, Sandy, the foster pup Bryan and I have been taking care of for the past seven weeks, has found a forever home. And not just any home: she is living the good life with one of the nicest families I have ever had the privilege of meeting. The two kids immediately took to her and she is now busy settling into her new digs and enjoying a backyard, trampoline, and her own bed. I couldn’t be happier for her and I’m elated the family has been in touch with me to send me updates. Seeing how enthusiastic the kids were about bringing Sandy home (they were up since 6 that morning!), made me feel incredibly overwhelmed and grateful that I had a chance to be a part of her life for a short while.
It’s a new beginning for us all.