First official post – HOO-RAH!
Let’s talk about the biggest change that has occurred since I last blogged – moving to Austin, Texas!
I’ve been in Austin for almost 3 months now and I freakin’ love it, my dears!
I came here for work and to start a new life; and let me tell you honey, I flippin’ loves it!
Austin is known for always having something to do, someplace to eat, and a place to raise your fur babies (they are huge on dogs here – yay!).
I just knew that I was going to move here when I’d visit for work. I even told myself that if for some reason I wasn’t working for the company I was working for, I’d still somehow find a way to move here…in due time.
Segue to an important phase I went through…
I wasn’t going to tell anyone about this, and to this day, still, very few people know.
But, my father told me that I should share my story, so here it goes (it may be a doozy, so grap a cuppa and a snack and settle in, my friends).
Picture it, December 2016 (Golden Girls anyone? Ahh how I miss Sophia..)…
Any who, December 2016 was amazing – my birthday was fantastic; I got to visit my bros in Hawaii with my dad – it was great!
Fast forward 2 weeks into January and everything came to a halt.
We received an email from the CEO of the company stating that there were going to be some changes aka layoffs…dun dun dunnnnn. If we were affected by the layoff, we would be receiving a separate email with instructions on the exiting process.
As I read this email over and over, my heart was beating out of my chest. “Was I affected?? Was I going to lose my job??” The answer…yes.
I received that dreaded email that the CEO warned us about and sobbed like there was no tomorrow. I remember going to my dad, crying hysterically, telling him about what just happened.
As comforting as my father was, he was also realistic. He told me that it was just a job, that I was talented, had education and work experience behind me…there was no reason why I couldn’t find another job.
Let me tell you good people, surround yourself with people like my dad. People who will comfort you in your time of sorrow, but will also tell you to get that booty up and get to work!
He told me that I had 48 hours to be emotional, cry it out and after that, just take it easy.
I have a Type A personality. This means I’m impatient, have to have control and am a perfectionist. So this situation? Boo, let me tell you…it was tough. This went against everything I’m about and it.was.hard.
But, I did exactly what my dad told me to do…I was down for 2 days and got back to normal. I didn’t start looking for a job, I didn’t frantically try to piece things together, in the hopes of achieving normalcy…I took a break.
I went on like nothing had changed. My money situation may have changed and clearly I wasn’t working, but my life still had meaning. I was working with my kids (gahhh I miss them terribly!), keeping up with my domestic duties and taking care of my dogs. Surprisingly during this time, not once did I feel like I was being lazy or anything like that. I was still involved in things that had meaning and that gave me purpose.
In that moment, I remember audibly saying, “God, I wash my hands of this. I’m letting go.” Y’all….do you know how hard it is for a CONTROL FREAK to GIVE.UP.CONTROL?!
But honey, I had to do it. I was tired and needed a break. It came about in a way that I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but it tested my faith and caused me to really trust God.
I straight up chilled out for a good 2 1/2 months before I started to get a little antsy. March came around and I decided I was going to put a demand on God:
- I want to get to Austin, but in due time. I didn’t want to rush the process.
- I don’t want to go through a formal interview.
- I don’t want to be unemployed past April.
Seem like simple-ish things, but they were the things that I was looking for while looking for another job.
April rolls around and I get a phone call…from the company that laid me off. After listening to the voicemail, I chuckled a bit because I thought, “What? Y’all miss me? Couldn’t stand to have me gone but for so long??”
I told my dad about it and he said, “Give them a call back. This could be your chance to get out to Austin.” Now, before I came here, I lived with my dad for almost 5 years. I did the food shopping, took care of the dogs, fixed the sink and every other plumbing problem (long story…ugh). Needless to say, I did a lot when I was home. So for him to tell me to give them a call because this could be my chance to move 1500 mile away was big!
I gave them a call back.
So remember that list of demands I put on the Lord? Well honey, everything just started to unfold right before my eyes, and it all started with a phone call.
I had an informal interview – literally answered maybe 5-7 questions – and it was with people who I knew and who knew my work ethic.
This happened early April, got a letter that the job was mine mid-April (no longer unemployed).
I was getting out to Austin. This happened quicker than anticipated, but it was the best decision ever.
I know there are a lot of people that don’t believe in God or think that people who are Christians are weird or oppressive or hypocrites or just plain stupid, but my faith is an important part of who I am.
I don’t consider myself lucky at all…I just consider myself blessed, even in the midst of some of the most hellish times in my life. There are things that have happened to me that I can’t explain…THIS is one of those times. Some people would say, “Oh, you’re just lucky.” I’d say, “No, I decided to trust God and see what that led to.”
It led me to Austin.
There will be PLENTY of talk about my time here and what I’ve experienced so far, but this post is probably the most important one of them all so far.
I’m extremely private when things happen to me – good or bad, big or small. But, I decided to try to be a little more open about things like this because I feel like it could be an encouragement to someone.
My life is more than just about me – it’s about the people I connect with and how I can be a positive light to them. I’m hoping that my journey through blogging and life in general will do just that.