Timing is Everything

You might remember back in February when I was really stressed out, and then we had a stroke of good luck, which resulted in a new apartment and a new job. I can now say with certainty that God has a sense of humor.

If you know me, you know I’m not naturally a sit-back-and-see-what-happens kind of person. I’m a go-getter; if I want something to happen, then I make it happen. However, you also know that I try to combat my tendency to take this personality trait to the extreme–and sometimes life (God) has a way of keeping me in check.

I’ve been totally on top of this whole wedding business. I mean, seriously, check out my to-do list, and tell me that you’re not impressed. I’ve even had time this week to spend extra time at the gym, watch some Netflix, and take my baby D for plenty of walks. I can credit my organization to my need to feel in control. I love things (like my wedding) that I can control. I can stay relaxed, knowing that I’ve done everything I need to do in plenty of time, and I don’t need to worry.

What bugs me is when there’s something I can’t control (i.e. an airplane, the weather, my immune system, and A JOB SEARCH). However, as all of us searching for employment in this crazy economy know, it’s just not that simple.

Recently, I’d been feeling pretty down about the whole job situation. “Don’t take it personally,” a co-worker kept telling me. But it’s hard not to take it personally. I knew it wasn’t too late to be hired for next year, and I knew I had other opportunities to fall back on, but I wanted what I wanted when I wanted it–which was NOW. A good friend of mine signed a contract with an area school district a couple of weeks ago, and I immediately started kicking myself. Why didn’t I apply with that district? What had I said in my interviews I’d had so far that had turned the interviewers off? Was it because I had stumbled over the reading instruction question? Dang it, I had a better answer to that…. Maybe I could email that interviewer and tell him what I meant to say…

Another co-worker kept reminding me, “You have so many wonderful things going on in your life right now. Concentrate on those things. You’re living such a blessed life.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. That wasn’t working.

I finally came to a point where I had accepted reality–for the most part. This week, I’ve been focusing on the wedding and my upcoming marriage, packing for Hawaii, and looking forward to seeing all of my extended family come together this weekend. I had almost forgotten about the job search (almost). Then, on Monday, I got a call for an interview. Not another screening interview, but a real interview for a real teaching position with a real principal at a real school.

To be honest, my first thought was, This week??? Really??? But I quickly re-adjusted my priorities and spent my ample free time (haha) updating my portfolio, and formulating strong responses for those questions I knew they’d ask. I’d hardly even mentioned my interview to anyone because I didn’t want to jinx myself.

And this is the part where God says, “I told you I’d take care of it.” Yesterday, I aced my interview, and by the end of the work day, HR had called and offered me the position. I literally could hardly believe it. B was, of course, at the gym. After calling my mom, my aunt, and my best friend, I paced the apartment like Scrooge waiting for Bob Cratchit the day after Christmas. As soon as D whined at the window (my never-failing alarm that B has pulled into the parking lot), I flew down the stairs of our building.

I got the job, I got the job!!

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