As we all work through our lives, there are many defining moments that shape who we are, and what moves us to action. These last two years have been an increasingly rapid frenzy for me as my primary job has expanded in both duties and demands. It got to the point where I was traveling and training literally every week for literally weeks at a time with nary a break for family, my dog, and basically, normal living.
Postings on the blog here slowed to a crawl. Then they stopped for a short time. Something had to change. I started poking around – not exactly wanting to leave my job because the appeal of teaching, travel and technology continued to hold my interest. It told me something though – I had literally found my calling. For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed being in the classroom. Whether I was teaching high school, college, or even photography classes, teaching has always been a passion for me – and the ability to teach technology struck a chord for me. So, what went wrong? The work-life balance.
My job had grown to encompass the travel, the teaching, the lesson plans, conducting webinars, online training, Quality Assurance testing, new product development, technical support (both via telephone and email), and even short trips to replace hardware. I’d even spent time running network cable for my employer. Yet as new duties were added, so too was the time I had to spend in the office, and less time was available for my personal life (including the blog).
So, I started searching slowly but surely. The age-old adage is that it is always easier to find a new job while you have a job strong in mind, I maintained my vigil at my position – working diligently, but then also burning the candle at both ends, reading through countless job descriptions and opportunities that met various degrees of the criteria I was looking for: teaching, technology, and a bit of travel.
In my first wave of possible positions, a few met all, so I submitted an application to each. Most never made it past the first wave of their review process. No worries – I didn’t just want a job, I wanted the RIGHT JOB!
Another round of research and another few – with one or two emailing and doing a basic phone interview, but then nothing further. No worries – I didn’t just want a new job, I wanted the RIGHT JOB!
Then, about a month ago, another couple resumes and cover letters went out, and three of them scheduled a phone interview. Then a second round, and one broke through and invited me out to interview at their office (i.o.w. – not in Colorado)! Suffice to say, 30 days later, I accepted the position offered as what I would describe as a perfect match of training, technology, and travel.
What this means is that I am getting back to a work-life balance! A new career opportunity has presented itself, and I am excited for the challenge. A few frenzied weeks are ahead of me, but in the end, I believe I can return more of my attention to sharing thoughts, insights, and articles all about photography here on the blog!
That means the teachable moment today is not about photography, it’s about holding out for what you really want in life! Never settle if you are not completely happy with what you are doing, and always stay true to yourself!
Now, back onto the photo-realm of things, I’d like to thank the loyal readers who have maintained their interest in my and my sporadic postings – with the promise of more to come, but right now I am on the lookout for some cardboard boxes! To that end, here’s a challenge for the week – can you take an interesting picture of a cardboard box? Here’s my first attempt!