Confession; I have been putting off writing this blog post for months. I am sorry. I am terrible at this.
Hey guys, it has been awhile. I am happy to report a lot has changed! I’m sure those who are reading this already know, but Brett got a job- a job that no one could have imagined he would have gotten! Yay! And we moved back to Georgia! All of this happened within 2 weeks! Read on to hear how we are
surviving thriving after job loss.
How did it happen so quickly?
As many of you know, Brett was the runner-up for EIGHT jobs. EIGHT. Not like eight, never hear back from the company you applied to, but eight, in-person interviews, down to the final two candidates, “sorry, but we hired the internal candidate” no’s. We were devastated to say the least. Brett was at the end of his rope, and I certainly was loosing hope. But God kept us on our toes every time. He gave us something to hold on to after every “no.” Another opportunity would present itself the moment an opportunity was taken away. I am convinced that is how Brett and I were able to keep pushing on because it certainly wasn’t just our positive attitude that kept us going. I may have mentioned it before, but I can not stress enough about how positive Brett is. When he isn’t optimistic about something, you know something is up.
Anyway, it is worth mentioning that Brett kept on a applying to jobs in the footwear industry, which was his passion and he was darn good at it. Im sure he would have never dreamed about looking into other industries at the beginning of his job search. As time went on, he did widen his job search, but still, no luck.
Meanwhile, this thought kept on lingering in my head growing louder and louder. I had this nagging feeling that we were supposed to take a huge leap of faith. We needed to do something drastically different and put it all in God’s hands. I kept on wrestling with this because I questioned myself, “how are we NOT putting it all in to God’s hands?” Still, I felt like that big step needed to be taken. It took awhile for me to figure out that big step was. One day I finally worked up enough courage to tell him that we needed to pick a state and just move there, and I knew the job will follow. It took awhile to get Brett on board but something happened and an opportunity in Georgia presented itself so we went with it. I had been holding back on applying to new jobs and new RN licenses in a different state until Brett got a job, but for some reason, without asking Brett, I applied to a job in Atlanta and applied for my GA RN license in one day. Funny enough, it was the same day Brett had applied to a job in Georgia. All in one week I sent all my paperwork to the GA board of nursing, phone interviewed for the first job I applied for, and Brett flew out to Georgia a few days after he submitted his application to this potential job.
Then we waited. And waited. It felt like we waited so long to hear back from each of the companies we had interviewed for.
Another crazy thing happened. You know when I said that I told Brett we had to make a decision and pick a state to move to and stick to it? Well, Brett also had someone in CO offering him a job while we were waiting to hear from the GA job. Here is where we had to take an even bigger leap. We had to decide to either close the door to Colorado or close the door to Georgia. It was Georgia or bust. Brett said no to the Colorado opportunity without knowing if he got the job in Georgia or not. That was not an easy decision, not at all. This meant we had to say goodbye to the beautiful mountains that spoke to Brett and I’s soul. It was goodbye to all of our friends at our Crossfit gym (Hey Thriving after Job loss! We love you guys!), and good bye to our friends that turned into family. Goodbye to my work family that got me through those long night shifts. Once we made that final decision, Brett and I both got job offers in Georgia the same day!
Brett and I were committed to getting through this unemployment process the smart way. Meaning, not going anywhere without having a job offer. It is funny how we would have never imagined it would end up this way, the opposite of “smart” in our opinions. We both thought God would make the answer to every decision perfectly clear to us, but it was so totally the opposite. We would have never dreamed of having to say no to a good opportunity with the hopes of possibly getting a better opportunity. I know exactly why Brett received eight no’s though- Brett would have never entertained the thought of starting a whole new career in a different industry right out of the gate. It took all of those no’s for him to knock on another door for it to be opened- that other door being a whole new industry.
If you ask Brett why he thought he lost his dream job, a job he was so talented at, he would say it was because his identity was wrapped up in his job. Having something good being taken away is a process I know all too well, but this was a first for Brett (I think). I know God isn’t mean, and He doesn’t take things away from us just to watch us suffer. I know first hand that having good things taken away is God’s way of refining us- making us into better sons and daughters of Christ. I know the impacts of having a good thing become an ultimate thing. Even though during the process it feels so painful and you can’t see what good can possibly come out of it, God has something so much better on the other side. Brett has come to the conclusion, after having time to process and reflect, that God possibly took this job away from him because He had something better for his life. He had a better life planned for both of us. Walking away from the footwear industry meant no more ridiculously long trips over seas and me being alone in a state where I did not have easy access to family for when we start having little kiddos. He also took the job away because Brett was very prideful about his job. He had the best job and everyone wanted it. Like I said, his job became him. These are Brett’s words, not mine and I am in awe that he had the strength to obey God.
So here we are, on the other side of this process wondering what is next. I am thankful we both have jobs now, have set ourselves up for financial success, we can buy a house the Dave Ramsey way, and can start a family with our family and friends close. However, I do miss everything we have left behind in Colorado. Now that I am on the other side of the situation, I still don’t know why God brought us back to Georgia. It could be simply because I wanted to be back here, but I have a feeling it is for something bigger than that. Who knows? I may never find out the reason why we are back here, but that is ok.
Thanks guys for reading this lengthy post. It is something I know I needed to share for whatever reason. If you are reading this and are going through the process of unemployment, please reach out to me! I know there are good things on the other side! I know you may think that you will never get ahead financially or whatever but just know, with hard work and not giving up, you will more than likely land a job with higher pay and better circumstances. Also, if you want to hear more of Brett’s perspective, comment below. I am sure I can persuade him to make a guest appearance 🙂
Until next time-