Monday, October 23, 2017

Life changes

This time of the year, so much seems to change. Am I the only one who feels this way? It's like the universe seems to shift. Not only are the leaves changing colors, the weather cooling down, happiness takes over (Christmas is coming!)... something always happens to me! Last year, my in-laws moved in with us (talk about an adjustment.. however, that's a story for another day). The year before that, we began preparing to begin a HUGE renovation on our home. This year? Well, this year my career is taking a turn in a completely different direction.

I began writing a blog about happiness in the workforce and obviously haven't finished it. For years I have been trying to figure out what my passion is. Since the age of 19, I have been working with individuals with special needs. In 2014, I began working as a behavioral therapist for a company that specialized in early intervention. I loved my job! Sure, it had it's downfalls but I really loved my job. In addition, I worked in the administrative office as a receptionist, then promoted to what one could consider as a human resource generalist (in the cooperate world). A year later I decided that I would focus on the office and left the field.

Over the following two years, the business began to grow. I have seen this company become what it is today and feel so honored to have been a part of the process. I learned SO much. Being in the field was one thing but getting to really experience "behind the scenes" was simply amazing. The experience really helped me to figure out exactly what I wanted to do.

Three and a half years in, I decided that it was time for a change. You know the feeling, I'm sure. The stress, anxiety... it can, at times, just be too much. I was offered a deal I couldn't refuse and again, It was time for a change. After making my final decision, I remember being so... scared. Nervous. Change. Oh goodness... that's almost worse than Fredy or Jason showing up in my closet! I've never been big on change. It makes me come unraveled!

You've got to push yourself. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how good this is for ME. Change is GOOD. I LOVE working with kids. I love working with developmental disabilities. Period. However, working with children really is something special. AND, I'm good at it. Being offered a better position, back out if the field, pushed me to accept the change that was so desperately needed. The best part? It truly is my passion.

I guess where I am going with this is that change is imperative. You don't have to be okay with it but you must understand that it is going to happen. Just as the leaves begin to change in the fall, the weather heats and cools.. change is going to happen. You know something? I'm okay with that.

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