Thursday, January 25, 2018

A little bit about my job


In my year end post I mentioned that I had started working a few hours from home. I wanted to tell you a little bit about how it came about, what I do, and when I do it.



When we moved to Indiana, I knew I would need to take one class from a local university in order to finish up my degree. I actually really enjoyed the class-- Fundraising, and the teacher's assistant and I connected, recognizing that she and I both lived in the same town (it was an online class). Over the next few months Sarah and I became friends. Not long after I graduated, Sarah approached me and asked me if I would be interested in working for the consulting firm she works for. I knew she worked from home and had flexible hours, and she told me that this particular job would start out with very few hours-- 8-10 hours/week, maybe less, depending on the workload.

I was certainly happy to be done with school and had no plans to begin working, but I remembered a line from my patriarchal blessing, in regards to my career: "You will be blessed with those opportunities that can strengthen your talents and share with others." This was an opportunity placed right in front of me, I could not deny that.

Once I accepted the job offer I could see so much of the Lord's hand orchestrating my life up to this point: If we hadn't moved to Indiana and I put my schooling on hold, I never would have taken this IUPUI class, and I never would have met Sarah. If I hadn't waited a year to start taking classes again, I would not have met Sarah when her company needed help. Even my previous work experience (many years ago now) aligned with the work I now do. It was as if this opportunity and this moment in time were created just for me.

Now, what is it I do? The consulting firm I work for helps nonprofits, and my job deals mainly with the fundraising. I take the data they give us and analyze it to help them improve their fundraising. It's even a Christian consulting firm, helping Christian nonprofits. It's a great fit! I really love my work-- it's meaningful to me to realize that the work I do is helping people make better decisions in order to serve others better. And I'm pretty good with a spreadsheet, so it's satisfying for me as well.

When I work is simple-- after the kids go to bed, sometimes during Frank's nap. I'm so used to being a student-mother that working fits seamlessly into our lives (at least with the amount of hours I am currently working). In fact I've been surprised how natural it feels to me-- I feel more "myself" now that I'm working, if that makes sense. It's as if the Lord knows me better, better knows what I need, more than I know myself.

4 comments:

  1. It makes total sense to me that God would lead you to this job. I remember past posts of yours where you said you felt you needed to work, but felt torn because you wanted to stay home with your kids. What a perfect fit!

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    1. Thanks Carly. I love that you remembered that! I had forgotten about that experience-- yes, it's another blessing from the Lord that I still get to stay home! He is so merciful! Thanks for reminding me.

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  2. Congrats! Sounds like the perfect fit for you!

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