I can’t believe it’s March! Well, almost the end of March! Can you guys? I’ve been planning this post since the middle of December, and even sat down to try to make a video, but hated it. So here we are with the written word. A very long written word. I tried to make this post as short as possible by giving you enough details to get the story, but not so much to bore you death! Not so sure I succeeded in that!
If you’ve been following along with our story you know that this past November we moved back to Greenville, SC (read the full details why here). It’s hard to believe it’s been four months already! For those of you new around here, last April my husband and I purchased our first home, a cute little fixer upper in Rock Hill, SC. Shortly after we thought we were settled, Kendall decided he was ready for a career change and we both agreed that moving made the most sense for the direction we both wanted to go. So in 7 short months, we bought, renovated, and sold our first home. It was a fun and exhausting whirlwind.
Once back in Greenville, we decided that it would be best if I went back to work until my blog and business became more profitable. While working a temporary landscaping job since moving here, Kendall has been pursuing a career in recruiting and recently started working with a mentor to help him get into the industry. (Who knew it was such a hard industry to get into!) I’m so proud of him and how hard he’s working to get into and make a difference in a field that he genuinely cares about.
We’ve been living in a cute rental that could use some love, but with the need to live extra frugally right now, we decided to save our pennies for another house rather than spending our money here. I believe that decorating a rental can be totally worth it, but it just wasn’t the wisest or best choice for us at this time.
So there’s a little life update for ya, but that’s not the main reason I’m writing today. I wanted to share with you guys about my new job.
When we moved back, it looked like I would be going back to work at the two jobs I’d had when we lived in Greenville before. Even though, I was genuinely grateful for both opportunities that had essentially fallen in my lap, and was excited about working with one of my good friends, there was a part of me that felt like I was taking several steps backwards going back into the exact jobs I had had here before. I had been praying for work, though, and it seemed like this is the path God was making for me at the time.
There have been times in the past year where I’ve really struggled with believing in the kindness of God, and I feel like in the last few months God as been proving His kindness to me (not that He has to prove anything) and reaffirming the power of prayer. Not because he’s answered all of my prayers with a “yes,” but because he’s said “no” to some so that He could prepare me and make a way for the “yes” He was going to say to others.
I share that last little paragraph because it’s where this story starts. I was taking Tripp for his walk one morning and just talking to God about what I’ve just shared with you guys about being grateful but struggling with not moving forward like I wanted to in the design field. That was in the morning.
That afternoon, I had to run some errands and drove by this kitchen and bath design and remodeling place I hadn’t noticed before. It looked like it was a local company, and I told myself I would stop on my way back to check them out and see if they could use some help. Of course I forgot to stop and drove right past it on my way back.
I told myself that I would just drop by another day on my way home from work because it was right on the way to what was going to be one of my jobs. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to go back, though. It was like this voice inside me kept nagging and saying “You need to go back. You’re just going to keep wondering what would have happened if you don’t and you’re going to regret it.”
Truth is, I just didn’t want the inconvenience and it’s also kind of scary to walk into a place when you have no real experience in the industry and ask for work.
I finally told myself that I would just drive down there and park. I didn’t have to go in if I didn’t want to, but I at least had to go park. Well, I drove back down and parked, and than it was like, “Well, I’m already here so I might as well go in. I’ll just act like I’m looking around. I don’t have to talk to anybody unless I want to.”
So I got myself out of the car and through the door. This little lady came out of her office and asked if she could help me. I started to try the whole rapport building thing by telling her my husband and I had just moved back to Greenville, and I just wanted to check them out, but let’s be real, I’m not good at that sort of thing so finally I was just like “screw it.”
“I’m actually looking to see if you guys need help. I love design and I’m just looking for a place where I can get my foot in the door and learn the industry and get some experience.”
“Oh, so your looking for a job.”
“Well, let me get Mike.”
So she goes and gets Mike and I give him my spill.
“That’s good he says, You got to start somewhere. Uh, let me go get Kent.”
So he goes and buzzes Kent on the intercom and Kent comes downstairs.
I gave him my spill for the third time.
“Oh, so you want to design?” He didn’t sound too excited realizing I had no experience.
“Well yes, eventually, but I’m happy to help out with anything right now. I’m just looking for a place where I can get my foot in the door and learn the industry and get some experience.”
“Well come with me and let’s talk.”
So we went into the office and I shared a little of my background and explained what I was looking for again.
“Well, we need help.” he said “We’re crunched right now, I just don’t know if he’ll hire someone.” (talking about the owner.)
“Well I can start part time.”
“Well that might be the way to approach him.”
We talked a little bit more and he asked me to send in my resume.
That was on a Friday. Monday morning I sent my resume in around 6:30 AM so that it would be one of the first things in his inbox and thanked him for taking time out of his day to listen to me. I feel like that’s huge when someone gives you a chance and listens, especially knowing you don’t have a lot to offer in the beginning.
I went about my day and later that morning, I got an email back from him asking if I could come in that afternoon to talk about starting part time.
I got all dressed up for an interview, went through possible questions he might ask and headed out the door.
And when I got there, he really didn’t even interview me!
“Look,” he said. “I like you and I like people who like to learn. I love this industry and I like people who want to learn it so if you’re interested, here’s what you’ll be doing.” And he laid out what I could expect to be doing. It was a lot of “grunt” work or office tasks.
“So does that sound like something you want to do?” he asked
Of course, I said yes. I mean, I would have scrubbed toilets for them if it meant I’d have the chance to be trained how to design and see how the business works.
We set a starting date, and I’ve been there a little over four months now, and I love it. I’ve done a lot of filing, helping with office work, and moving stuff around in the warehouse, and they’ve all taken time to explain things about the business, the products and how they’re made and installed, construction in general, and been teaching me how to design and use the software. I’m still part time, but I have the option to stay as long as I want in the afternoons and play with the design program they use. I stay at least a couple of hours or more every day that I can, and they’ve started letting me help with client work and talked with me several times about bringing me on full time in the future as a designer. I’m excited to be learning so much and for the opportunities the future holds.
Sometimes, I think they all think I might be a little crazy because they’ll pop in and ask if I’m still having fun and if I still like it, and my answers is always yes. When I’m working on a design, I literally forget to eat, and if you knew how much I like to eat, you’d know that is a big deal!
Going back to God proving His kindness to me and the power of prayer, I know this opportunity is from Him. I strongly believe He was that voice inside me telling me to go back, and I’m so grateful that he put people in my path who were willing to give me a chance and invest in me without really knowing anything about me.
I don’t know if or how much the blog played into Kent’s decision to hire me, but I do know that he read some of it because he mentioned it a couple of times in my “interview” and a few times afterwards.
I say that to encourage you that if you love something and want to pursue it, just start somewhere and keep sludging along because one day it will pay off. I’m still in the sludging stages of blogging and beginning my business, but after a year and a half of blogging, it is slowly starting to pay off and come together.
So that’s my story. I hope it encourages you to pursue your passions and gifts. I turned 30 this past December and sometimes it’s discouraging that I’m not further along in a career or successful yet. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to realize what I wanted to do with my life, but these past few months, it seems that God has been affirming in obvious and subtle ways that I am finally on the right track, and I’m really excited for what the future holds and grateful to have you guys to share this journey with.
I’ve got some more exciting news to share with you, but since I’ve already written a book here, I’m going to sign off and save it for later.
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