Remember that exciting news that I referenced this week here? Some big things have been happening over here and I am so excited that I get to share this big step I’m taking into following my dreams.
Before I jump into the excitement though, I need to give you a little background on what has been weighing heavily on me lately.
Shortly after getting married to BRS, I accepted an offer to work in corporate event planning for one of the leading seminar companies in the US and Canada. Way cool, right? This was an incredible stepping stone for me in the professional world. In this role I worked with great vendors and handled contracts and negotiations. Every effort was made to create the best experience for our customers on the West Coast (my territory) possible.
This, in combination with coordinating weddings on the weekends, made my schedule a little hectic. I would work 9-5, Monday through Friday, with client meetings in the evenings. Friday nights would be spent at a wedding rehearsal, Saturdays filled with serving our brides. Sunday could be another industry event, or if I was lucky, an opportunity to clean up that house of mine that I hadn’t seen all week long. I didn’t feel like I had an opportunity to rest. And to be completely honest, as much fun as I was having pursuing dreams on the wedding side of things, I was exhausted.
Oh yeah… and I never got to see that new husband of mine. [Insert thumbs down emoji here]
My “full time” job was a great learning experience, yes, but I quickly learned that my heart was not in the corporate world. As thankful as I was to have full time work, I would sit in that cubicle feeling like my creative side was being stifled and there was nothing I could do to escape. BRS and I had to pay our bills and a big fat loan that I brought into the marriage (Sorry BRS!). I was beginning to feel like a slave to my paycheck which was a position I promised myself I would never get into.
As any normal person would, I kept my eyes open for new opportunities. I searched online and told friends to let me know if they heard of anything. I kept going down these crazy rabbit trails to find that nothing was working out. I poured myself into applications for new jobs that appeared to be a perfect fit and then never received a response. I knew God had something in store for me, but I was getting so frustrated when I wasn’t able to figure out what the heck He was up to.
I decided to just be still and wait. Instead of wearing myself down, I took a step back and prayed for God to put my focus elsewhere. I fought for gratefulness. I chose to dive into the activities that brought me joy such as painting, calligraphy and coordination instead of those that were becoming discouraging.
Now here’s where the FUN PART of this post comes in…
I GOT A NEW JOB!
Yep. This happened. In perfect timing, I received a call from the owners of Soirée Event Designs, the business I had been working through on wedding coordination. I was asked to join their team as their first full time employee. Ahh!!!! [Insert happy dance here]
In this role as their Lead Wedding Coordinator, I would be handling all inquiries from brides, coordinating weddings most weekends, attending industry events, working as a sales consultant in the slower seasons at their sister company (Bella Bridesmaid) and handling advertising/social media for both business. Danielle and Megan, owners of Soirée, were so kind in creating something for me that was tailored to my skills and interests…aka they came to me with my DREAM JOB.
This just feels like a huge step in the right direction for me. After prayer and conversation with BRS on this offer I confidently accepted and now look forward to starting this next adventure at the beginning of July.
Is my point in writing this today to complain about my corporate job or brag about my new career? NO. Please trust me when I say no, no, no.
The whole point of this is that GOD PROVIDES.
He is SO GOOD, y’all. Sometimes when we least expect it, He offers us the things that set our hearts ablaze. When we look to Him to fill our lives, He in turn fills our lives with those good things. I know that receiving this offer was not a product of me, but a gift from Him.
I am so grateful for this next step and pray that in all I do I remember to give credit back to where it belongs.
Are you feeling discouraged with the path you’re on right now? Feeling like there’s gotta be something better out there? I’ve been there…and I’m sure I’ll see that place at some point again. Be still, my friends, and fight for gratefulness for this place in time, wherever that may be. In perfect timing things will become clear. I promise :)