Monday, February 17, 2014

Day Fifteen & Sixteen: A BIG CAREER CHANGE!

Hi there! I decided to intentionally post my Blog Everyday in February Challenge posts from the weekend today- the post you are about to read is a combination of the posts from Satuday and Sunday!

Image from Lara Casey


Occasionally I get emails asking "what is your job?" or other variations of "why do you never seem to mention your job? how do you instagram your house in the middle of the day?" Today you're getting those answers.

When I graduated college almost a year ago, I had an education degree from Texas A&M in hand, and started the job search. I had some mixed feelings about the journey ahead, but figured that was just part of the big life transition, and moved forward. Over the process of the summer and different, and lots of teary eyed conversations with my husband, we decided that it didn't look like I was going to be teaching that year. So now what? What a loser was I?! I just finished a whole degree focused very specifically on educating elementary age children.. and that wasn't what I was going to do.

I will be honest and say that this was a very difficult time. I felt like a "loser", yet I was confident that the Lord was confirming our decision in my heart constantly. I was certain in what I was doing, yet at that point.. it was nothing.

During a few months of soul searching, Ben and I really got to talk about what our vision is for the future. Ultimately, it is our dream for me to stay at home with our future children. Working moms are rockstars, stay at home moms are rockstars, ALL moms are rockstars. We just felt like this was what we wanted to work towards being able to happen. One thing that Ben kept bringing up is that it didn't seem very purposeful for me to throw myself into education for a few years, and then suddenly go cold turkey for awhile and stay at home. It became our dream to figure out something I could do out of our home, with flexible hours, long term.

So... Surprise! I've been back in school for the majority of last semester. Taking a look at what our vision was, and what my passions are, plus a valuable connection with some people very close to us lead us into the decision about what was going to be next for me. As soon as my license arrives in the mail, I will officially be Real Estate Salesperson for 2 Mac Real Estate Group. Yippeeee!!

I am so excited about the company I am going to be working with, and for the opportunity to help people find a place to call home. There is something really precious to me about that.

My husband has been my number one supporter through this entire process. He never pushed me to figure out immediately what I wanted to do. He was flexible and hopeful, and we have lived more than comfortably on his one salary. Because of our financial journey, the goal is to continue living that way, even with the income I bring in. I am so thankful for the transformation that the Lord did in my heart regarding our finances. It really played a role in this process. I couldn't be where I am today without envelopes. I just couldn't!

I had to truly learn to humble myself in this whole process. Not being able to announce my new job post grad was really hard for me when I watched everyone around me do just that. I was in a season of waiting and learning while my "peers" seemed to be connecting with their dreams. But that is behind me, thanks to lots of prayer and keeping my eyes on the goal ahead. Throughout this whole process, my dreams shifted. I am still confident in the fact that I learned so many applicable skills from my degree at Texas A&M, and that I will use the things I learned about education in varying capacities in my life. I'm so pumped to be using my love for interior styling and homes in general in my day to day work. It will be extra sweet.

Looking to buy or sell property anywhere in the DFW area? Email me. I'm your girl. ;)

15 comments:

  1. YES!!! Could not imagine a more perfect job for you. I loved the relationship we had with our realtor throughout our home buying process and can totally see you rocking at it! I'm so proud of you for following your heart and living right in God's will. Can't wait to see what big things come from this new venture of yours ; ) and thanks for working on my blog design today!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

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  2. I'm so happy you've found something that is the right fit for you! I went through the same thing last year, graduating with an education degree but knowing the classroom wasn't the perfect fit. It took a lot of prayer, "soul searching," and trying a few things that definitely weren't the right fit, but if all goes well, I'll be starting grad school in June and working my way to being a School Library Media Specialist! It's clear from your blog you have a heart for the home, and I know you'll do an amazing job helping others find their perfect place. Possibly even encouraging them to renovate the amazing way yall did! Wishing you the best in your new job :)

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  3. YOU GO GIRL! So proud of your faithfulness in God's timing. He has plans for your future and I can't wait to see what they are :) You are going to be amazing in this new journey of yours! xoxo!

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  4. WHOOP!! I am so excited for you, hon! Austen & I just had a very similar, tear-filled conversation last week about my career and decisions that need to be made. The words, "But if I don't stay in education, that would be failing," came from my lips, and I hated feeling that way. So proud that you have been able to find something that combines your passions with practicality. That's truly the dream job!

    xoxo

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  5. REALLY excited to hear this girl. It is our dream for me to stay home with children some day too and sometimes, when it doesn't seem like its a possibility, I know our God is one who provides and equips us with what we need to be obedient to His calling. I graduated with my teaching degree too, and am definitely NOT teaching now and I do not count my years studying at college a waste at ALL! So excited to see how the Lord uses you in this new role.

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  6. SO exciting Victoria!!! Wishing you all the best as you begin this new journey:)

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  7. Congratulations! So glad you found a job you will love!

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://www.anchorsaweighblog.com/

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  8. So happy for you girl! I was also doing elementary education for a while. It was where my heart was for so long but as you know, sometimes it is SO hard to get an education job. Because of that, I decided to change my major to management and now I am also finishing up my real estate classes so I can have my real estate license. Great minds think alike huh? :)

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  9. Congratulations, Victoria! I didn't get a job immediately post-college either and it's been a tough journey of following the Lord when it feels like people who graduated around the same time as me have walked directly into the next step in life and I'm just floundering trying to find the ground underneath my feet. But He is so good to us in this time of transition and seeking Him, and I'm super excited for you as you begin this journey in real estate!

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  10. Very, very exciting, friend! I have a feeling you will thrive in this role, and it sounds like a great fit now + in the future!

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  11. Very, very exciting, friend! I have a feeling you will thrive in this role, and it sounds like a great fit now + in the future!

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  12. wishing you and your family all the best as you embark on this new adventure! and again a huge THANK YOU for your work on our blog!

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  13. Your education is never a waste. With times we live in now we have to do what we have to do. And being able to be there for your kids one day is always the right thing to do. God Bless.

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  14. Wow! I feel the exact same way. Girl, I love your blog so much it is speaking to me tonight. I just wanted to say your education background is the BEST thing ever if you want to be a stay at home mom. Think of it. You have the benefit of a teacher at home and away from home! Your children will be doubly blessed to have someone like you as a mom especially during those formative years!

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