...And just like that, I'm re-employed again. Well, as of tomorrow I will be. It's funny the way that life tends to throw everything at you all at once, just to see how able you are to sort through things and make sense of the chaos.
Last week was a tempest of interviews. 5 in 3 days, to be exact, with 3 interviews all in the same day. Of those 5 interviews, I landed offers for 4. There were even offers to counter-offer against what other employers were offering. I have never felt so in demand before, and I really was so lost in how to manage the decision of where I would work next. It's a huge deal for me... work makes up a huge chunk of my identity, and I m at the point now where I really want to make smart decisions with my career, not just take whatever lands in front of me first that offers a reasonable wage.
This was my Wednesday, spent driving all over the greater-Sacramento area for job interviews. Also, yes, that is a shit-ton of moving blankets in my car. I put them there the week before to get them out of our apartment, and didn't get them moved over to our garage until yesterday. #classy
Ammon and I knew on Thursday, after all of the interviews were over, that it was going to come down to 2 job offers: One was essentially doing what I had been doing before, but on a bigger scale, and in a much bigger department. The other offer is in an entirely different industry (construction/manufacturing), and was offering all new experiences and challenges starting on day one, simply because there is so much to learn. So it really came down to doing what I've always done, or going out on a limb to do something entirely new.
This morning, I accepted an offer to try something new. I start tomorrow. That means I was unemployed for a whopping 25 days. It's the longest that I have been unemployed since sometime during college, but I somehow managed to avoid being unemployed for a month or more. I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty proud of that fact. I had no idea how long it was going to take me to find a new job, but I had anticipated that it would take much longer. I'm relieved that I can stop sending out resumes and going to job interviews. I'm thrilled that I will be contributing to my household in a financial way again.
Next goal: Start saving up so that we can buy a HOUSE. I can't begin to explain to you how much this means to us - we had pretty much given up on the notion that we would be able to afford to buy something until after I was done with school. We're now in a position where we can move toward that dream much sooner, and it's quite possibly the happiest news ever.
California, you are so, so good to us. I hope we can be equally good to you.