Sunday, October 14, 2012

Two Big Life Changes, Part 1

So, this blog post isn't going to be necessarily about fashion.  I do have one brewing on blazers for fall, though!!  Oh, I am loving any and all blazers.  They are everywhere and if you don't have one, please find a cute one and buy it!!  Found two really great ones at TJ Maxx that I will update on later.  But, this post is more personal and more for me.

I have had some very BIG changes in my life in the last month.  So, I guess this post is about how change, even if it is good, can turn your life completely upside down.  But, sometimes it is meant to be.  I am going to tackle my first big change in this post.  I promise to chronicle the next change later in the week!

My first change (and these two happened at the exact same time!) was going back to work full-time after 8 wonderful years at home with my kiddos.  I have been "looking" for something for about a year.  Sometimes harder than others.  But, I felt like I needed to go back to work after the girls were in school full-time.  Sad thing?  I couldn't even get an interview.  The fourteen years of experience didn't seem to matter.  It was the 8-year gap that people noticed, I guess.

In my previous life, I always worked in construction offices.  It is what I know and what I am good at.  I LOVE sewing, but I am good at knowing the nuances of a construction office.  I started chatting up the contractors working on our house, and found out they were looking for someone in their office!  The kicker???  It is right here in Parker and about three blocks from the girls' school.  In fact, the owner's kids go to school with my kids!  Small world!  They were totally willing to work with my schedule and I get off in time to pick up the girls from school.

So, two weeks ago, I went back to work!  I got my first paycheck on Friday, eight years in the making.  I get a ton of satisfaction (and frustration) from being home with my girls.  But, I have to admit, I have had great satisfaction in working again.  

But, the world of business has changed a great deal in eight years.  Did you know they don't really have fax machines anymore?  Everything comes over the internet.  Wow!!  Also, all of our files are kept electronically.  Sure, we have a hard copy, but everyone uses the electronic copies!  Fascinating.  And that darn internet has completely changed the way we do our work!  Sure, it was around eight years ago, but it is really different now!

Then there's the flip side to it all.  Being a working mom.  I didn't have kids the last time I was working.  I could come home, plop down, and relax.  Yea, not so much!  It's homework, then dance, dr.'s appointments and grocery shopping!  Did you know Target is open AT NIGHT?  I thought they closed about 3!  None of my favorite cashiers are there at night!  I have to learn a whole new group of cashiers.  Oh, the stress of working!

We are all slowly adjusting.  Dinner isn't always on the table and I forget to put the right things in the girls' lunches.  But, I think we will all survive.  Stay tuned for Part Two of My Big Life Changes!

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