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It’s Been Awhile…

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Yikes! My last post was in early September. Where is the time going? Just as quickly as 2015 ended, 2016 is quickly coming to close as well. A lot has happened in the last two months, but a lot has remained the same, too.

I didn’t really announce this much to anyone except close friends and family, but I had been studying for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam since July. I sat for it two weeks ago, and according to my preliminary results, I PASSED! I swore up and down that I would never sit for another exam after the bar exam but there I was studying my butt off for yet another exam. This exam was worse in that I was working full-time. I had the stress of looking for a job while I studied for the bar exam but working full-time and coming home to a couple hours more of studying after dinner was awful. I was always tired, and I was grumpy. But, it all paid off in the end. My employer paid for the exam, and I self-studied. The exam was multiple choice and 3 hours at a stuffy examination site. While I was waiting for my results to load on the screen, I thought my heart was going to jump right out of my chest. All the feels from when I was preparing to open my bar exam results. I’m so glad it’s over. I learned a lot, and I get to add three more letters to my last name. Since I’d like to stay in labor relations, the exam will be the perfect addition to my resume as I continue moving forward with my career.

A month or so before I sat for the PHR, the director of my office pulled me into her office to say that she wanted to recommend me as the assistant director of the office. I have a lot of respect for her, and we work so well together. I was so humbled by her confidence in me. It was also totally unexpected. I excitedly said that I would be honored by her recommendation. Fast forward through the approval of the Chief Talent Officer, the Labor Relations Officer and the General Counsel, I was extended the offer for Assistant Director of my office. I accepted. I’ll still be handling hearings as well, which I’m happy about because they keep me fresh and sharp.  I pour everything into my work, and it is amazing to be recognized for that and to be appreciated for my skill set. I am so excited about this opportunity to grow and to challenge myself.

With all of these exciting things going on with my career, my heart breaks a little bit more for my husband, who continues to struggle to find a job in the area he wants. He has now expanded his job search to most areas in finance. My heart is broken for him. It absolutely kills me to watch him struggle, to see him experience constant rejection. He has never been through this before. Way back when, it all came easy for him. He landed an internship after undergrad, which lead to a full-time gig. He then went on to land a great job in Chicago at a company that typically only hired out of top schools like University of Chicago and MIT (Dan and I went to the University of Central Florida). He flourished there and proved himself to be a great asset to the team but he didn’t feel like he could really grow there. He wanted a bit of a career change to finance. He decided to get his MBA and focus on that full-time. He got accepted to an amazing school – one of the top MBA programs in the country. But, it has been no picnic since his graduation in June. I have not been the best cheerleader through this experience. I’ve experienced everything from intense panic to high hope. With each rejection, it feels like the floor drops from underneath us. We have placed nearly everything on hold until he’s working again. Searching for a job is such a sensitive and emotional journey. I get angry with myself when I find myself leaning on my own understanding and lose grip on my trust in God. Even if I can’t see the end right now, I know this is temporary.

Through this rocky period of our lives, God has shown himself often. He came through on a significant raise I received at work a few months ago, and he came through again with my promotion just three months later. He’s there letting me know that it’s all going to be OK. I did not expect either of these things to happen but these amazing events will allow me to continue carrying both of us, which includes making the payments on our school loan debt. Once Dan starts working again, we should be able to pay off the debt relatively quickly, especially since we’ll be so used to living off of one income. I am so frustrated by Dan’s job search, but I know his time will come. Maybe not in the way we envisioned, but it’ll come. I am so thankful for what we have, for what God has blessed us with. I don’t know what God is doing, but I trust Him.

Until Next Time,
Jen

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