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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The future looks bright.....


It's been a minute, how is everyone? I've been dealing with some new directions and changes in my path so blogging has taken quite a backseat these days.

Before the holidays, I was offered more responsibilities at work but there was no mention of more pay. So I wrote a proposal including a raise and the answer was "we will revisit this after the holidays". Then after the holidays a manager left and again I was offered even more to do, and a brief mention of pay increase. The increase wasn't much.... $1, I was sort of insulted. I was sort of pissed off.  So I went online to see just what a visual merchandise manager gets paid these days and the first thing that popped up was an ad for a job in a location Gerry and I have been considering for retirement one day, where my dad was raised, near where my grandmother is buried, a place Gerry and I used to go to all the time. And if I would have sat down and written a description of my skill set, this would have been the job I would have described for myself.

On a whim, I filled out the online application, and an hour later they called me! The HR person I spoke with was great, I was at ease, it went well. He set up an interview with other management people. I liked them, we were all on the same page, the job sounded great! Last Thursday I accepted the position and said goodbye to 5th Season.

Saturday was my last day there. It was a bittersweet day. I had a lump in my throat all day. I loved that job, loved the people I worked with. But honestly they were getting a bargain and the owners are just not  that into their employees. I worked my ass off, because that's what I do. I can't help it, my work ethic is over the top sometimes.... even when I am not being compensated fairly. It was a great job for easing back into the workplace though. I had not worked for anyone else since Wes was born. Working for myself was a lot easier while raising a kid. But 5th Season showed me that I do still have a lot to offer, my experience and skills are worth something. And now I have a new job paying me what I deserve for all that time spent working for the past 30+ years. The best part is I get to work out of my house and don't have to relocate.

My new job will involve traveling around North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee merchandising 57 stores and helping to set up and open new stores as we roll them out. I am getting a car, an amazing salary, great benefits, and the tools and support I need to do a good job. I even get to hire a staff to help me. Its a real big girl job!

This has been very surreal. The job just dropped in my lap out of the blue, I wasn't even looking for a job. But this one seems designed for me and it all fell into place so easily, it felt like a higher power had control of it all, I just floated along and accepted what came my way. Sometimes when you least expect it, the Universe drops in and says, "Hey, let me handle this, I got you". And you just have to go along with what comes your way..... you know when its happening, it just feels different from when you are trying hard to make something you want happen and it is just not going the way you want it to.

I start this weekend with a vendor show and sales meeting then I hit the road. This was my pre Wesley lifestyle, so here I go again. I had a moment last night thinking about all that I have been through this past year. I feel like I am not a mom anymore, there is so much empty space where Wesley used to be. But this will fill up a lot of that space and things will be a lot like they were before Wesley came along. Full circle. This will be an interesting year of learning. It feels good to know that a 55 year old woman can stop her career to raise a child, work for herself while doing so, then get back into the workplace and still earn a great salary and have something to offer. I don't think this would have been the case in my mom's day. We have come so far!

I have no idea what I will blog about now. This blog was started to explore my journey making pottery and it has evolved into a personal journal of life after child leaves home. Now I don't know. We'll see...... stay tuned. Life is a great big adventure isn't it?


15 comments:

gz said...

Exciting!

Michèle Hastings said...

Congratulations! That is very exciting news.

cookingwithgas said...

It is, yes, it is.
Congratulations, you got this.

just jody said...

Awesomeness!

Laurie said...

Good for you! A wonderful new adventure!

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks y'all, its gonna be fun!

Lori Buff said...

Congratulations. I hope you are very happy and successful in this new job.

P.S. You are still, and will always be Wesley’s Mom, it just looks different now.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Lori, thanks! Yeah I know I am always her mom, just feeling very un mom like these days :)

Nancy Blokland said...

so happy for you. I am planning a transition in the next 18 months, from a safe life and I hope I will be as brave as you at 55. best wishes on all the new journeys

Kim said...

Congrats! Sometimes things do just fall into your lap, but you need to remember that being open minded, open to these possibilities and being curious - always helps.

it feels very powerful, doesn't it, to know what you want to do and then just find it? This has happened to me a few times, and I've been blown away by how powerful it is to just states what you want.

I get the mother thing, too. My (only) daughter will graduate from college this year. When she first left home, I felt lost, even though I had my own interests and work etc. But it really, really felt (and still does) that the most important job of my life was over. (we know it's not really over, just a different phase of parenting - but it's not the same.) It actually took me a few years to feel that anything else I was doing in my life (and I'm a hospice nurse plus run bereavement groups!) came close to feeling important.

Best of luck to you with your wonderful, new job.

Anna M. Branner said...

Fantastic! I am so happy for you! I hope you still pop in with an update now and then. I really like reading about your journey. :)

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks Nancy, safe life? Now what fun would that be haha! Good luck to you!
Kim, college was way easier for me than the move to California, that was so final and soooo far away. I'm still not doing all that well with it! This job was just handed to me, I feel like I did nothing at all and it just showed up, so bizarre.
Anna, yeah, I'll keep blogging, I don't know why I have this odd thing about telling everyone my business but you're all friends!

Lori Watts said...

Wow, big news! Best wishes in your journey.

Vicki said...

Huge congratulations Tracey!
The Universe is looking after you.
Wishing you much luck and enjoyment in your new job.
There'll be plenty to blog about on your travels I'd say :)
xx

handstories said...

Wow, Tracey! This was so meant to be! You give me hope for my future, & for filling the void that is growing day by day as Blue is on his way out the door. Congratulations to you!