Life Lately

Happy short work week everyone! It’s been so long since my last blog post which is so unlike me! I love writing blog posts and updating it, but life has just been THAT busy! I thought I’d give a brief update of what’s been going on in my life lately!

Over the summer I was swamped with completing a thesis for the MBA program. It’s the part of the program I was dreading the most. I’m not a strong academic writer, so I knew it was going to be a challenge. 10,000 words, 8 months and a poster session later, I’m proud to report that I passed my thesis!!! I’m super proud of myself for accomplishing this milestone! I officially only have 8 more months left before I’m done graduate school! 🙂

Along with completing my thesis, I made a major life choice. I made the decision to leave my job of 3 years for a new opportunity. It was not a decision I took lightly since I loved my job, my team and the company. But, since I’m only one year away from completing school, and the company I worked for was small, there wasn’t much room to grow. So I made a choice to leave a job I loved in hopes of finding a new opportunity.

Everything was perfectly planned. I landed the second job I applied for. I left my old job by my 3 year work anniversary. I planned to start my new job in June. This aligned with the 3 month probation period, which would end right before I started school again in September. This would allow me to not have to worry about job security, on-boarding or transitioning into the job during school. On top of it all, my thesis ended at the end of July which would give me one full month of summer to relax! Sounds perfect right?

Long answer short, I learned that life always throws curve balls and things don’t ever go as planned. I meticulously planned every detail of the job transition, only to find out that it’s not a good fit AT ALL. The work load, stress level and culture is not the right fit and to be honest, I felt really down and frustrated about the whole situation. Although the new position pays more, I’m quite unhappy. But the saying goes, everything happens for a reason.

I was thinking of possibly going back to my prior job, but then, I found out that my prior company is closing! Only one month after I left! I had no idea this was going to happen at the time I resigned! I usually don’t speak openly about God, but I believe a higher force was watching out for me. Having to deal with a layoff while juggling graduate school and a mortgage would’ve been a nightmare!

Fast forward, things aren’t ideal, but I believe everything happens for a reason. I used to be so anxious and stressed about making decisions. I felt like every decision had to be absolute, which made decision-making that much harder. I felt like I had to leave my new position right away, or make life-altering choices immediately. This was probably a way for me to feel like I’m in control or have an idea of what’s going to happen in the foreseeable future. Secondly (as if I didn’t learn this lesson before), I learned how stubborn I am! My prior position was related to fashion and apparel, an industry I am deeply passionate about. I’m not really sure why I was okay with trying out a new industry, but I figured it was a higher ranked position with more pay. Now I definitely learned to not go against my true self! I tried to fit into a new mould that I knew in my core was not ME!

School is only a month away and to be honest, I’m a bit concerned about being able to find a new position before school starts. I’ve been swamped with work, preparing for school and applying for jobs. Currently, I’m taking things a day at a time and looking for new opportunities in the fashion industry again. But overall, I learned that nothing goes as planned, everything happens for a reason and that hopefully in the end, everything will work out for the better 🙂

Have you been in a similar situation? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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