It’s been over three weeks since August has blessed this world. I can’t believe how fast time goes by. The days (and nights) are long, but somehow the weeks are fleeting. I wanted to write and give an update now that the “trifecta” is complete.
Last January, it felt as though my world began to turn upside down. Matt and I had decided to move from our house in Burnsville and buy a new house in Lakeville (adding a bit of time to my commute) and a bit more stress to are already hectic lives. By this time we were anticipating the arrival of our sweet bundle of joy, and we knew that if we wanted to make the move that we would have to do so quickly.
Soon after all of the paperwork had been completed for the new house, I received a call. A call that would turn my life a bit inside out. This time it was coming from the head of the search committee at the University of St. Thomas to discuss an application that I had submitted in November. To tell you the truth so much time had gone by and life was getting hectic that I had almost forgotten about my application. That is until I was invited in for an interview. I accepted the interview gladly (even though I knew we were in the midst of lots of change), but something was telling me that I needed to pursue this opportunity.
Within a week I had received an offer for my first real project management position – something that I had been interested in for a long time. I couldn’t believe it. We were expecting our second baby (due in a short five months), and had an upcoming move in the works planned for a short six weeks away. Could I really take the plunge and leave my comfort zone and pursue a new opportunity?
The realist in me said that I was crazy to do this. All of my realist friends told me I was crazy. What was I thinking? I had been at UMF for 4 1/2 years. I was comfortable. I felt secure. I had amazing co-workers (some who feel like family still). Could I really leave that and go into the unknown? Well, as you all know, I did and I haven’t looked back yet.
As we welcomed August this past June, I realized that the “trifecta” is now complete. New baby. New home. New job. I’m happy to report that with the support of lots of loved ones these changes and transitions have all been positive. When I first announced my departure from UMF, the blog post was titled, “I’m scared, but…” which was the perfect title at the time.
But, now that everything has come full circle I have learned now more than ever that we need to have faith and know that whatever God brings us to, we can handle. He’s take our life journey (the good and the bad) and is using it truly for our good at the end. He takes life’s trials and joys to prepare us for the next “phase” of life. 2017 has turned into a new phase of life for me. A year ago I wouldn’t have been able to handle all of this change. But, the Lord taught me through my trials how to be a fighter, how to trust myself again, and how to have the courage to go out into the unknown.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. – Romans 8:28.
Has everyday been perfect? No. Will everyday moving forward be perfect? No. But, am I happy? Yes. I’m so in love with August and feel that our family is now complete. My house is more to me than a house – it finally feels like a home. And my job? It has brought me more self-confidence in the last four months than my career has in the last five years.
I’m sharing all of this, not to brag that everything is “perfect,” because it isn’t, but to urge everyone out there who might be on the verge of something scary to go for it! Take the plunge into the unknown, because you just never know where you might end up. Pray on it and trust God and yourself that things are going to work out for you. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be exactly how you expect, it’s the stepping stone to the next phase of your journey.
Blessings to you and your family,
Three things I’m grateful for:
- Sunshine. I love feeling the heat on my skin.
- Being a mom of two.
- My pup Lucy. She is the definition of loyal and unconditional love.