Ok, so if you commented on my Facebook post, you have been waiting for this post. For those who didn’t, I wanted to share an experience I had this time last year. In the past year, I have learned sooo much due to some of the experiences I have had. So hear is the story:
In 2015, I had SO much going on in my life. I didn’t like my job, things going on with other people, not knowing my next steps. This was a lot for me because I am typically about 10 steps ahead of the game. I just felt, held back to a certain extent. I decided to start journaling as an outlet, and because I thought it would be a great self care practice for me in addition to my Self Care Saturday (something I do once a month at least). I began journaling, just writing my feelings, thoughts, and prayers.
One evening, about a week before I was set to board a plane to the Dominican Republic, I found myself journaling and praying about Change. I told God that I needed my life to go in a different direction once I got back to America. I needed to start looking for a new job, and a fresh outlook on other aspects of my life. I prayed about this for at least an hour, really about specifics, and time frames, and how I am going to go about starting this change that I desire. (Because I am extremely thorough like that) Afterwards I felt determined, and ready to leave that next week, so that I could come back refreshed. That was a Wednesday.
The NEXT DAY, I had a meeting where we staffed the clients we serviced with our supervisor. When it was my turn to staff my clients, I apparently said something wrong, which made my supervisor go down a long list of things I am doing wrong, questioning if I wanted to be in the field, and having me answer certain questions…in front of my colleagues…during this meeting. Now people who know me know that if there is an issue or if I need to be told something I’d rather talk in private. But this particular day, I wasn’t embarrassed, mad, upset… I was calm. The entire time they were talking I was calm. I received the feedback well, and remained silent most of time they said what they had to say. This was not because I didn’t want to say anything.. because OH BABY.. but I was standing there at the podium with this exact thought: “Ok Lord, I didn’t think we were gonna start this change TODAY. This is what we are doing? Ok then, thank you Lord. Because I know what I asked for.” I had been wondering if this particular place was for me, but got confirmation that maybe they wanted me to leave as much as I wanted to be done. So I stood there, looking like I was going to cry, not because my feelings were hurt, but because God had instantly confirmed what I had been feeling.
Sidenote: You would be amazed at how much people try to BS you, or assume you don’t understand or are not reading in between the lines when you sit back and listen and observe….anywho lol
After that meeting I was called into a meeting and put on probation. This probation was set to be evaluated at the beginning of December. So I began to mentally prepare myself to find a new job for the beginning of the New Year. (For contextual purposes, this all happened in about 3 days, all before I went on vacation.)
FAST FORWARD The day I came back from vacation, which was about a week after I had my meeting, I checked my emails, and began to prepare to go back to work for the remainder of the week. I was DREADING going back to do the same dance all over again. One of my supervisors emailed me about a meeting that I needed to attend the next day. I didn’t know what is was for, truly didn’t care. As I am unpacking someone calls me from an agency and says they FOUND my resume, and wanted to talk to me about an opportunity. Now, I was skeptical because I’ve never had someone call me about a job I didn’t apply to, but I decided to hear her out. She told me about a job downtown, and interviewed me. She was excited after hearing about my experience and wanted to schedule a Skype interview for THE SAME DAY..THE SAME DAY!!!! So I continued to prepare for my work week, thinking “Ok, God is just showing me that there are other things out there, nothing is gonna become of this, I don’t even know how she got my resume.” Skype interview goes well, and she tells me that she will pass my resume along to the in-person interviewer, and if he is interested, he will contact me for site visit and interview.
The next day, I go to my job, prepared to attend the meeting and get back into the swing of things with clients. I attend the meeting and learned that they decided to fire me. They told me “the reason” and tried to make it sound as smooth as possible. I let them know what I understood and calmly agreed with everything. On the inside I was doing cartwheels and having a party! I was so happy I didn’t have to deal with them anymore, and I have a hunch the feeling was mutual. So after the meeting, I went to my office and packed all of my stuff, and said goodbye to the co-worker that didn’t already know I had been let go. ( I know right) I was so relieved and felt so free. I couldn’t even began to say how happy grateful I was. I got in my my car, and sat there for a moment, got on social media, and decided to check my emails. TURNS OUT, while I was in the meeting getting fired the job I interviewed for not even 12 hours prior, emailed me saying they heard great things about me, and wanted to schedule an in-person site visit and interview. At this point I’m like…“God, I don’t know what you are doing, but I’m here for it”. I sent my friend a text that read “So.. as I was getting fired, another job was emailing me.. #straightlikethat” and some other annoying hastags. lol She replied back “Exactly”. I told my family, they weren’t surprised, and were kind of relieved as well.
FAST FORWARD 4 days later, I had my interview at the place that was interested in me. It was downtown (so y’all know I was like SWOON) in the NBC Tower. I got to the interview, he asked me some questions, I took a aptitude test, and after a few minutes, he said the clinical director wanted to meet me. We had a good conversation, she gave me a tour, and walked me out. She said I would know something in a couple weeks. I went home, excited about this new journey I was going on. Whether I got the job or not, I was excited to be moving forward.
About 2 hours after I left the interview, I got settled at home, playing with the new flatirons I got in the mail. I got a call from the guy who did my interview stating that they loved me and I GOT THE JOB! I was so happy! I didn’t apply for this job, still to this day, don’t know how they found me. In less than 5 days, I was fired from one job, and accepted another position paying WAY more, with great benefits. It was nothing but God! This position aided in helping me slow my pace down and clear my head. I knew this place wasn’t my dream job, but it allowed me some wiggle room to line up some of the other aspects of my life. I was grateful. I was able to just spend time with me and get me in order for a while, before I took over the task of managing the lives and emotions of others.
Well there you all have it! This is not the only time, God answered a prayer of mine, but I was just taken aback at the quick and dynamic impact of it all. To this day I am so grateful it went this way and wouldn’t change a thing. I embraced the rapid changes, and just trusted Him!