The last two months have been a whirlwind of change. A job change, a lifestyle change, and fitness change. I went missing from the “blogger life” in order to be fully present. It was probably the best decision I could have made. Yes, I still wanted to document everything, but not in the moment. I wanted to be able to take the time and reflect on what happened before writing about it.
February 12th, 2020
Where to begin. Backtrack to February, even before starting this blog. I was very unhappy with my job at the time. As a female trying to pave her way in the technology field, I was held back and discouraged. I was a recent college graduate that didn’t have years of experience. I know I am made for more and where I was working was not the place for me to grow.
That’s when I took it upon myself to start looking for other opportunities. I started searching through job boards left and right and then finally narrowed it down to two. The main difference between the two was how quickly I would get benefits. I had already gone seven months without benefits so a position offering immediate benefits looked real good. Of course location, people, job description, salary, and PTO all mattered. But the benefits were a big one. Once I finally narrowed it down, I started interviewing with my now current company all on Zoom. At this point, we were about 3 weeks into quarantine and there were no in person interviews. I had four days straight of Zoom interviews held on my lunch breaks. I wasn’t going to let the current situation stop me from pursing my dreams.
May 18th, 2020
Fast forward to now, I’m still working in the IT field, just in a different area with a different company. Since I was hired fully remote to start, the teams I’ve been working with have been amazing with training. My biggest fear starting a job during this time was having to be on-boarded remote. My transition into this role was so smooth and effortless which left me feeling stress-free about the process.
I am a Junior Technical Support Specialist. I support two very different systems that work together in order to publish science articles for authors worldwide. My job responsibilities consist of assisting with database maintenance, quality assurance, websites, and resolving tickets when they come in. Sounds boring to the average person but I absolutely love it. This company has already presented me with the opportunity to grow and learn despite only being there for two months. Next month I’ll have the opportunity to get certificate in one of my favorite areas of technology and then take two more trainings in 2021. The atmosphere is unmatched and I know that I found the right company to prosper in as a female in a very male dominated industry.
Now, I’m not saying any of this to brag about transitioning between jobs during a global pandemic. I know times are extremely tough for so many people and that it’s not easy for everyone to just leave one job for another. What I’m saying is that if you don’t like something going on in your life right now, create a plan and make it an actionable one. Do something about your current situation and put your first. Start by creating a plan, and then little plans under that plan to get you to where you want to be. I think of it like this:
- In 7 years I will be debt free. How will I get there?
- How much will I need to pay off per year?
- How much will I need to pay off per month?
- How much money do I need to make yearly?
- How much can I save while still making payments?
- How often do I get paid?
- How do I pay off all this debt knowing I will also need a new car?
- How can I pay it off early?
- What can I do to have a second stream of income?
These are all questions I ask and answer as part of my plan. Once I have all those squared away, I start taking actionable steps to get accomplish something small. Small steps turn into medium steps and so on. You can do this with any area of your life. When I was looking for a new job, I weighed the pro’s and con’s, prayed for direction, and took action to get myself out of a situation that wasn’t doing me any good.
Get out of your own way
You are not stuck in any situation in your life. I was listening to @annie_fitlifefitme ‘s story on Instagram from yesterday afternoon this morning and she said something that really stuck with me. If you don’t already follow her, stop reading my post, go follow her, and come back. I’ve been following her for 3-4 years now and she is always spot on with her words and her journey through life is so encouraging. Her exact words were:
“This world is so big and you can do some much…Stop wishing and pursue it. Look for it. Find it. Go after it. The beauty about this life is that whatever you currently have doesn’t have to be whatever you forever have. You can go find new. Go get new. Go do it. It’s out there but if you sit in your chair complaining and wishing, those people are not going to pursue you.”-Annie
When she says, “those people,” she’s referring to people that amp you up and make you be better. You can not do everything in your plan alone. People with the same “in pursuit of something more” mindset are instruments to get you to your best self.
If you made it this far, thank you for sticking through and reading this post. I know its longer than the rest of my posts but everything in here is important. If you’re someone personal to my life and are now thinking you need something more in life, let’s chat. Let’s make a plan and stay accountable. If you’re new here, I hope this wasn’t too long for it being your first post to read on my blog. If you’re not new here and want to talk about creating a plan of action and getting more out of life, shoot me an email, message me on Instagram or Facebook and let’s talk! My messages are always open to anyone and everyone.