I’ve been sitting on a pile of questions from you guys. I’ve read them over and over, but couldn’t quite decide if my answers would be worth anything. After all, I’m just your normal neighbor over here. The one who changes into her jammies at 5:05pm sharp, practically before I’ve shut the apartment door. The one who gets anxiety over confrontation, and doesn’t own an iron because that wrinkle release spray is magic. Also the one who gets the urge to do a pirouette in the living room every once and awhile, just to make sure I still can.
But I sing about soul safe community in this space, so I’m going to relax my shoulders that are creeping up to my chin and remember that in this world that grows loneliness, we get to plant friendship. If we want to.
So cheers to these Tuesdays. The Q&A Tuesdays (I know, I know, the name is just so creative you can’t even). But here’s the deal. I answer, and so do you. Because I want to know the hearts behind the other screens who are also having a glass of riesling with Gilmore Girls playing in the background as they scroll through blogs and pin on Pinterest. *PS, please invite me next time. K perf, thanks.*
“Have your career plans been altered/changed since your move?”
I’ve known for a long time now that the first few years after graduation would include some moving around. It’s just the nature of the grad school/dental school situation, and I wasn’t worried about it really. You say travel, I say YES. So I was on board from the get-go.
I graduated with a BS in Marketing & Public Relations, which happens to be a winning combination when job searching may be a regular situation for the next 10 years due to relocating. I worked as a Marketing Director for a Chick-fil-A in Charlotte, and then when we moved to Clinton it just wasn’t an option here. I applied for anything and everything I thought I could appreciate (slash just pay the bills, because we’re working with 1 income here people! #gradschoolhusband).
I couldn’t sleep one morning because it had been a total of 5 days with us being Mississippi residents and I was getting antsy. I wanted to have had a job lined up weeks before. I scrolled through applications, emails I’d sent, those terrible job search websites that make you think applying for “Truck Driver 18638” might actually be your best option after all.
Down at the bottom of my inbox was a job I had applied for in the International Office at the university C would be attending. I had never heard back, so I assumed it was long gone. But I was desperate enough and it was 7am, which means I wasn’t really awake yet. I called to see if the director had received my follow-up email from way back when. She didn’t answer so I left a message. Oh well. Truck driving it is.
One minute later my phone rang. She had this adorable Asian accent and was feisty. She straight up asked me how much I was making at my old job, which I’m not sure is actually allowed, but what did I have to lose? I went in for an interview that day, and left two hours later. I had found my Mississippi best friend.
So here I am. Using my marketing degree to market to International students and recruit them to Mississippi College. And a little in awe of how much I like it. Especially when I’m on work trips with my boss and I get to teach her things like GNO aka “Girls Night Out,” and my Snapchat is on fire with her dance moves.
Yes and no, to answer the question. My career goal has always been to do something I’m passionate about and serve Jesus in it all. And truth be told, I get some of that from my work, and the rest from blogging. I get to be less concerned about hiking up a corporate ladder, and more concerned about stepping out wherever we’re called. And there’s freedom in that.