Feb 26, 2016

Twists and Turns in this CRAZY Life

Well, in the last two months I have had three different job titles and two of those titles I currently hold. Confusing right? I am sure my LinkedIn friends are going to be very confused. I finally changed my tagline to: "Manager of Chaos". Which is very fitting for the last month of my life. Let me tell you a story. Buckle up, it's gonna be a ride.

About a month ago I left my job as an Event Planner and moved departments at Young Living Essential Oils to be a Marketing Project Manager. I had been in my new position for a week and a half when I got a call (while on my last trip as an event planner). My old boss was no longer with the company and they wanted me to come back and take his position. SO- now I was in a weird place. You should know that on top of this, I was interviewing with two other companies that had finally called me back about my applications that had been sent in a month earlier. I received an offer from a company I wasn't interested in and dismissed it. But I was in the third round of interviews for a position at a different company(Ancestry) that I really wanted. Now I had a real decision to make.

1. Stay in my new position as Marketing Project Manager
2. Go back to the Educational Events team as the Events Manager.
3. Keep interviewing with Ancestry and pray for a good offer.

I felt an obligation to my new position because I LOVED my new manager and team. They are awesome and I instantly felt like part of the family. But I LOVE events and that is my end goal for my career. I have been doing events for so many years, that I couldn't imagine my life without them.

Things were still up in the air with Ancestry when I decided to sign the offer letter for the Events Manager position. This decision flipped my life upside down for the better chunk of three weeks. LOTS of prayers, tears, and long conversations with friends, family, and coworkers/managers were had.

Well, I went through four interviews with Ancestry and have not heard anything back since my last interview 2 weeks ago. Which isn't ideal. I would have loved to at least gotten a "no" rather than nothing. (For those of you wondering I did reach out and email them a week ago and still nothing.) It's not enough to be ghosted by guys in my life- I also need to be ghosted by potential employers. HAHA.

I have been doing both jobs since signing the offer letter to go back to my old team. This has definitely been one of the most challenging times in my life. I have stayed in the office until 10pm on several occasions. It was rare if all I worked was 10 hours in a day. I felt like I owed it to both teams to give them my all.

I might be slightly burned out, but next week starts the official transfer and also the idea of one job again.

I have realized I have some incredible people in my life that held me together through this whole whirlwind. I am forever grateful for the friends who listened nonstop to all the drama and to my parents who helped me have a better perspective of the situation. It was hard for me not to factor in everyone's (both managers and teams at Young Living) feelings on the matter. I had to realize it was my career and to make the decision that was the best step toward my final goal.

Here's to a sense of balance and stability in life again! AND 8 hour work days. :)

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