Wednesday, March 12, 2014


There's so much I want to share with you right now! I'm so humbled by God's provision and's hard to even know where to start. I guess I will start with the most exciting news...but not without some back story. Yesterday I had what I thought was a final interview with a fairly new player in the IT staffing industry. I must admit I was very skeptical in exploring the opportunity. I couldn't ignore that a trusted colleague in the business had been working there and was loving it.

I talked with the recruiter and we seemed to hit it off right away. She shared the role with me and for the first time in a while I became truly excited about a job opportunity as well as the company. I was invited to their office the very next day to meet the team and one of the co-founders. I won't lie...the meeting was exhausting! It was all extremely positive, but when you are engaged in the interview process with 6 people in the matter of 2 wears you out! I walked away feeling extremely energized and excited. The recruiter assured me I'd me talking to the CEO within a couple days. Meanwhile I was exploring other opportunities...but I couldn't help but have this one on my mind constantly!

The interview with the CEO was yesterday. We were on the phone for nearly an hour. He was extremely professional, engaging, and warm. His vision and passion for this company was clear and contagious. The next thing I know I was booked for a 6am flight out of Midway this morning! I got up at 3:30am and was at the airport going through security at 4:30! Crazy.

When I arrived in Atlanta I was a bit disoriented. I really didn't feel like myself at all. The recruiter picked me up from the airport and I felt completely at a loss for words. For the life of me I couldn't make conversation. My mind was completely useless. I was starting to get nervous that I would not do well. We arrived at the office and went in. At this point I didn't even notice I kept my coat on for an unusually long period of time. So much so the recruiter drew attention to it! Oopsie haha.

Well I'm not sure what happened between removing my coat and sitting down with the first person on the schedule to meet...something clicked. (Thank you to those of you praying). I was back! Excited, focused, and ready to land this job.

The afternoon flew. At the end I found myself shaking hands with the CEO and joining their team!!!!!!!

I start Monday! Lots of work to do from there on out, but I'm excited. Now we are in the process of working out daycare for my little monster. This whole process was incredible. So here I am on the other side knowing the Lord is faithful and he does indeed answer prayer. This is one of those posts I will refer back to when things get tough. Oh...and those other job opportunities? Many of them dropped off one by one as I moved forward in this process. Verifying in my mind and heart that this is the opportunity for me!


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Days 3 and 4

What a crazy week it's been.  At this point I'm so overwhelmed with the response I'm getting - I don't know what to do with myself!  I'm so grateful for all my contacts and friends!  I just can't deny that the Lord has allowed me to make some of the best connections this week.
There's been so much activity I couldn't possibly go in to everything and still keep your attention.  I suppose the best thing I can do is just tell you about the opportunity that most excites me. 

Tomorrow I have a final interview with a small staffing company located in Naperville.  The commute is going to be long, but I believe it will work.  I would be corporate recruiter for this staffing firm.  I'd be responsible for finding talent (recruiters and sales people) to come work for this company.

In other news - our house got a facelift this weekend!  I will post pictures soon!  Our dear friends from our small group gave up a Sunday and worked at our house to get it sell-ready!  We have freshly painted walls in the living room and foyer.  It really does make the place brighter.  We still have a lot to clean up and finish, but I'm so encouraged by how much got done today.  I seriously don't know what we'd do without such great friends.

Well - this is just a quick informal update - nothing staggering.  I just wanted to check in!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


What a day!  You know - there's just nothing like a day filled with productive activity!  I talked with so many people today my head is still buzzing with excitement.
My day started at 6am and I was on the train to the city at 7:11.  I met a good friend in the business for coffee and from there my day really took off!

I talked on the phone from 1:30 to 4:30 -right up until the time I had to pick up Claire!  Crazy!

I now have a face to face interview on Friday and two informal meetings next week. (to see if it makes sense to pursue something more)

Claire and I even found the time to run to Ikea and grab some new curtains for our living room - productive day for sure! 

Tomorrow I have an 8am phone interview and a networking lunch meeting.  I'm anxious to see where all this goes!

Monday, March 3, 2014


OK, I know the comic is cheesy, but I needed something light after my last post. 
I've decided my previous post is going to lead to a new type of blog for me during this season of my life.  For those of you stopping by to see cute pictures of the kiddo (and random news about the family (ahem grandma) please keep checking in!  I will still give updates!
Right now, since I have the extra time, I'm going to write about my journey (such and epic word) to finding a job.
Some of you might or might not know that Friday was my last day with a company that I absolutely loved.  It's a bit of a long story how I came to leave, so I won't bore you with the details.  We're going to start with today - moving forward.

I'm not sure if I will write about every day, but I'm going to try to be pretty consistent.  Mostly for my benefit because I want to look back at these days and see growth in me.  I want to see where I had problems and where my successes were.  Afterall - that's why we document things right?  To look back with fond memory or to avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over again.
So here it is -
Day 1 of my job search.  I finished my resume and am now in the process of posting it on the job boards.  This is a new experience for me.  I don't recall searching for a job this way since I was fresh out of college.  Humbling. 
I had a phone interview last week and a phone screen with a recruiter today.  I also was able to reconnect with an individual with 20 years of experience in the industry.  My talk with him went very well and he highlighted a potential opportunity that could be available in a month or so.  The position sounded like a perfect match for me, so I was very encouraged. 
The afternoon was spent organizing a few meet-ups and chats for the remainder of this week.  I don't want a single minute to be wasted.
Tonight I sat down to memorize a verse that I believe will be helpful as I move forward. Matthew 11:29 - "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.  For I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."  The main part of this that stands out is "and learn from me"  I MUST learn something from all this to avoid repeating a similar scenario in the future.
As I move forward I'm praying for an open mind and open heart and ears to hear.  I don't want to be reliant on my own strength, wits, or will to get out of this.  I know the Lord has a plan and a place for me.  I'm seeking His direction.  And now - every day I will be accountable for updating this blog on what I've been doing and what I've been learning.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

God at Work

I go to Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows and yes...I admit I completely borrowed their logo for God at Work above. 
I started attending in late 2006 and never looked back.  A series of hard, traumatic circumstances drove me to seek the Lord and really find out where I really was in my faith.  To tell you the truth...I was a poor excuse for a Christian looking back at that time in my life.  The difficult circumstances were from a combination of my poor choices and "life happening" all at the same time.
I don't enjoy testimonies that glorify the wrong in the past, so suffice to say in a matter of 8 months time I had gone through a divorce, lost one brother to suicide and my father to lung complications, and was in a rebound relationship that I knew I needed to end.  I had nearly no friends, was living alone, and wanted to stop the world so I could get off!
I entered Harvest on a cold December day.  I instantly knew that this was where I should be...that God was going to use this church/these people to mend what was broken and what I had selfishly ripped apart.  The 1st person I connected with there invited me to her small group - and the Lord used those amazing women to start the healing process. 
Fast forward a few years and here we are - I'm married to an amazing, caring, godly man and have a beautiful daughter. We go to a couples small group now and couldn't ask for a better group of people. 

Life now isn't perfect...actually far from it.  The last 3 years have been chalked full of trials, consequences, and overall hard financial times.  Some are a result of bad decisions, some (I'm sure) trials allowed by God to refine us, and some...well...maybe just life happening.  All that to say - God has never let us down - not even one time. 
A close friend of mine said she believes God is trying to teach me (us) something and this is why these past 3 years have been so incredibly hard.  As hard as it is to admit...I tend to agree with her.  As I look back thus far I see us closer as a couple, better with our money, more reliant (not perfect) on the Lord for needs, and closer on a spiritual level.  This is just scratching the surface really...and merely things I can list off the top of my head.  God has given us a family away from our families in other states.  He's provided money when we least expected it and used various people in our lives to bless us beyond our wildest prayer.  He's brought friends in our lives when we needed it most - but perhaps were too proud to really ask.

This is my 1st blog in 2014 - I have put off writing it for 2 months because every time I started to type just didn't seem "right."  This seems right.  I'm beginning my 2014 blog year by declaring that I trust the Lord in everything and I know where my provision and strength comes from.  I'm drawing a line in the more am I turning to fear and fret.  I see the Lord has grown me in this over the years and I know I'm not perfect but am increasing in victory.  I've never really been sure if "prayer reallyworks" in the past, but I can say without hesitation it DOES and it will become more and more a vital part of my weekly, if not daily routine. 
The last 3 years have been hard...but they would've been impossible without the Lord.  Impossible.  So now - as I embrace this new chapter in my I look for God to provide my next job I'm NOT afraid, but excited and expectant.  He's been faithful before and will continue to be faithful  This year might be the hardest yet...but I will continue to seek Him...I strongly believe that He is teaching me how to not be shaken and to trust in His name.

Psalm 62:6-7
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.