New Job!

I have been looking for a part-time job for the past 12 months. At first, I wanted a “normal” job because I wanted co-workers. When I started my business, I never realized how important the daily interaction of co-workers is! It is hard to just stay in my house all day working in my office by myself. I have no one to talk to other than my cats, and most of the time, they just walk away from me when I’m mid-sentence. 😉

Then this year, when we started doing IUIs, we knew we had to do something to stop the trickle of money flowing from our savings. I could have just taken on more weddings, but that worried me. I have been on the brink of burn-out with photography and I’m just now started to find the joy in it again, and I didn’t want to lose that by shooting 30 weddings this summer. So a part-time job made the most sense.

I probably applied for 50 jobs since February. I didn’t hear back from most of them. I did manage 3 interviews but none of those worked out, primarily due to the fact that I had another job. I started getting discouraged.

Then, a friend from Bible study mentioned she was hiring for a full-time position at her work. I asked if there was anything part-time and she said no. But I guess the next day at work, her part-time girl put in her 2 weeks notice, so she found herself with a part-time position open! She told me about it and I immediately applied and got the job. It feels a little unfair, because this job was pretty much handed to me on a silver platter, but that doesn’t make me any less grateful for it!

So as of this week, I am working 24 hours/week at the front desk of an eye Dr.’s office. There are like 15 eye doctors on staff and they have over 150 employees, and thousands of patients and even a full operating room upstairs, so it’s definitely not a small and quiet office! It’s very fast paced, lots of phones ringing and people running around. I love it!

I probably chose the worst week ever to begin this job. We got home from Ride the Rockies and I I had a wedding to shoot the next day and 3 other weddings to edit. So by the end of Friday, I had officially worked 60 hours this week and had not taken a day off in 17 days. Ooops! I was pretty darn overwhelmed all week. Between training and learning a new job and computer system, trying to stay on top of my business and waking up super early…I was a ball of nerves.  Poor David didn’t know what to do with me, I was so stressed out! But he was sweet and was super helpful. He brought me coffee one morning, planned dinner last night, prayed for me and really encouraged me that this is something I’m very much capable of doing. Hopefully next week will be much smoother and easier to handle.

I am so incredibly grateful for this job. I am grateful for steady income, nice co-workers and a wonderful boss. I think once I become familiar with their computer system and protocols, I will really start to enjoy working there. An added bonus is that my office is about 1/2 mile from David’s office, so we get to carpool together and go to lunch together 3 days/week! So excited about that wonderful little job perk! 😉

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5 thoughts on “New Job!

  1. Congrats on the new job! It sounds like it will be really enjoyable once you get the hang of it. Your week sounds dreadful. I hope this week is much calmer for you!

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  2. I am very confident that you will get the hang of things. Once you do, I'm sure you'll really enjoy it! I forgot that you and David are working so close to each other. That's awesome! How fun to get to do lunch together.

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