10/3/12

My Dream Job


When I was a little girl I dreamed of being a teacher.

When I was seven my dad brought home a giant chalk board from his office and set it up in what was formerly our basement but at that moment it was transformed into Miss Smith's personal classroom. I would go down the stairs to the basement, ahem classroom, put on a dress out of my box of dress up clothes (which happened to be my mom's old prom dresses so I was one FANCY teacher) and I would get to teaching my imaginary students.

Sometimes my little sister would sit in as a student but it never went well because she was not as obedient as my imaginary students and I did not want her bad behavior bringing down my class.

My dream of being a teacher lasted many years. I come from a long line of teachers in my family so it probably just seemed very natural to me.

I don't remember when that dream began to fade but it was sometime during high school. I graduated high school not knowing what I wanted to do when I "grew up" and ended up switching my major seven times in college.  One of those seven majors was education but I eventually ended up getting a degree in mass communication.

I graduated college and my dream job had changed. Becoming a teacher was just a distant memory, I now wanted so badly to work on my college campus. I had been a student worker there for almost all of my time as a student and knew that THIS was where I wanted to work. I was notified of a job opening and I nervously filled out my application, wrote my cover letter, and prayed for an interview.

I remember talking to a friend about how this was my DREAM job and she sort of chuckled. Looking back I realize that it does seem silly that such a small position at a campus could be anybody's dream job, but it was mine. I loved my campus and dreamed of what I could do in that position.

One interview later the job was mine, which lead to many years on a campus I love.  During my time on campus I have had a couple of job position changes, changed offices, made many friendships, learned so much and made memories that I will keep forever.

And then once again my dream job changed.

My heart went from a young girl longing to teach a room full of students, to a girl who didn't really know what she wanted to do, but then found her passion and focus on a college campus all the way to a woman whose heart longs and desires to be home with her baby boy.

I have loved {almost} every single second of my past year and a half working part time. I was offered a position that was a complete and total answer to our prayers at the time. We couldn't live on one salary, yet I couldn't fathom going back to work full time, so we prayed for an answer, and I was offered a part time job at the place I already loved. It was perfect.

And it has been perfect; I have amazing work office, fun co-workers, a busy work schedule and a dedicated and loving babysitter It has been truly the perfect setup. But something still tugged at my heart. Yes, I had an amazing setup that I NEVER took for-granted, but my dream had changed, and now I wanted to be home full time.

So after much prayer, discussion, debating, weighing pros and cons and prayer, Luke and I together decided the best move for our family was for me to leave one dream job to begin another. So in November I will officially become a full time stay at home mom. Thus fulfilling another dream job in my life.

Leaving one job does not come without some tears, and a sadness to leave a community that I have come to love, but I know that I am making the right choice. I am filled with peace about my decision. I am excited and thankful to begin my new journey.

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31 comments:

Robin @ our semi organic life said...

congrats on the new job! I'm sure it'll be an adventure. You'll all benefit and love it

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

I'm so excited for you. I know how much you have thought about this and how much you and Luke have prayed that you'd make the right decision for your family. I know that God is going to protect you and that He has led you to this. So happy for you.

Sweet Simplicity said...

Congratulations!! I know what a big decision this must have been for y'all. I'm so excited for you!

Anna Catherine said...

Awesome! I know my mom always loved being home with us. Glad it has worked out for you!

Jess said...

Yay!!! I'm so happy for you.... Congrats on this new chapter!!

Kelly Gibbs said...

So very happy for you. I'm similar to you in that my dream job was teaching. I taught for a couple years, and then got pregnant with my son. After he was born, I took 4 months off and then went back to teaching. As much as I loved my job, I knew I was meant to be at home with Kason full time. After teaching full time and being a mom for a year, I knew it wasn't go me. I made the hard decision to leave teaching and stay home. My husband and I prayed lots about it, and God has provided so much. Congrats on your decision!

A Nerd and A Free Spirit said...

Wow, Megan! This is so awesome. Isn't it so interesting how the Lord changes the desires of our hearts over time. I feel like I'm in a transition right now. I'm not quite sure where he's moving me if he will, but I feel like some things are changing. And I am hopeful that I will have the opportunity to stay home one day as well. What a blessing. Can't wait to hear about all your new adventures. (-: Congrats!

~Kathryn

Laura said...

Good for you! Enjoy your new "office."

Not So Newlyweds said...

Congratulations! I'm sure you will love every minute being home with your little boy!

Jess :) said...

This just made me tear up a bit! *Keepin' it real* What a BLESSING that you're able to stay at home and be MOM! I know that involves SO many different roles and you are going to do such an amazing job! I would give just about anything to be doing that ... thought for sure I would be by now, anyway ... but the Lord has other plans (apparently). :) Praying for you as you enter into this dream job, friend! What JOY it brings my heart for you! And Eli!!!

Molly at Duchess of Fork said...

Congrats, Megan!!! You will love your time at home with Luke. Many prayers and blessings to your family during this time of transition.

Tricia Nae said...

That is AWESOME!! Yayayayayay! So happy for you girl.

Love Being A Nonny said...

So happy for you Megan! May God bless you and your family as you strive to be the best wife and mom you can be and live in His will.

Pam said...

Congratulations! I'll be praying for your family as you make this transition!

Sonya said...

Congrats! It's funny how dream jobs change over time.

Rebekah said...

I'm so thrilled for you! Many prayers and blessings coming your way!

Charla Liedahl said...

It's the hardest job you'll ever love! Enjoy this new season!

Leslie Lambert said...

This just makes me so, so happy for you. I know it's hard to leave a job you love for one that you'll love even more, but it's so worth it. Congratulations again! :)

Amy said...

congratulations!! when i quit my job (as a teacher) to stay home it was a HUGE leap of faith, but one that i truly believe the Lord honored. someone told me that if i was waiting around for the certainty then i would always be waiting. God may leave some "unknowns" in the equation just to make sure i'm relying on Him for all the answers. part of being faithful is stepping out even when i'm unsure. and there are still some months (three years later!) that our budget looks like it's not going to work out "on paper" but God is faithful and has ALWAYS provided. so excited for you and this new journey. it really is the best "job" in the world!

southernbellejm said...

congrats, lady!
i am SO happy for you:)))

Brigitte said...

Being at home with my kids has been unbelievable. I loved being a nurse, but this time with them goes by pretty fast, so I appreciate every moment I get to be here with them. I hope you enjoy every moment of it :)

Bethany Haid said...

I have followed you in reader and Instagram and I have thought for awhile that you would really enjoy and benefit from sahm-ing. I do not regret switching from part time teaching at my university campus to being home all the time with my kids- it was a dream Job like yours. However... Now I see hat job will be there in the future but babies and toddlers don't keep.

It's hard though to skimp on he perks of working like new clothes and Starbucks and things that aren't in budgets for one income. Be prepared!!

Classy Fab Sarah said...

What a blessing!! So excited for you to start a new chapter at home.

Shannon said...

Congratulations! I wish I was in the position to do the same. SOME day, I will be able to do that, but unfortunately it will probably be too late...

Ashley said...

Yay!! So happy for you Megan, I know this is something you've been struggling with for a while. :)

Paige said...

Congratulations! As a Mother that dreams of being a true SAHM (but went from working to being an in home sitter) I can only imagine how happy your heart is! :)

Lauren said...

congrats! I'm still working part time but there's always this thought that I'd rather just stay at home full time...we shall see, maybe God will open a door for me the way he did for you!

5th Belle Avenue said...

Congratulations!! What a BLESSING! I bet you are over the moon about being home with your precious Eli. You will be AMAZING at this job!! ;)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

Congrats lady!! I pray that the Lord continues to bless you in this new chapter of your lives!

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

You know I am beyond thrilled that the Lord has given you the desire of your heart! That, and now maybe I'll get to see you more. :)

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