Friday, March 8, 2013

finding my career

you know that phrase, when life hands you lemons...? i've always thought it was a bit silly honestly. i would much rather say "make the most out of what you're given" because  i don't particularly care for lemonade so i'd rather have the lemons.

i digress.

not knowing at the time, i started "making lemonade" mid-way through my freshman year of college. ever since i was a little one i wanted to be a teacher, so naturally i choose to major in elementary education. but about a week into classes as an eager little freshman, i found myself terrified. sitting in an educational psychology class, listening to all these girls talk about their passion for teaching, i realized i was lacking just that.

self-conscious about my decision, i started praying that God would lead me. and oh, He did. the next day i met with my counselor to change my major to interior design. i knew nothing about it except that i loved watching those shows on HGTV but He made it clear to me that it was where he wanted me. how in the world could i possibly serve him in this field? i had no idea.

interior design challenged me and my lemonade was tart. i had to learn to become an artist and creativity didn't always come easy. this was entirely new and it scared the heck out of me. i questioned every decision, every answer, every project for the first couple of years. and i prayed and prayed.

and then, like a light bulb that finally got screwed in all the way, it brightened. the lemonade tasted better. the ideas started flowing and the desire to learn grew. while i still didn't know what i would do with my degree, i knew then that i could do whatever God wanted me to when i trusted Him.

but i was still uneasy because i "knew" with a design job - i would have to move to a bigger city. i'd never been super gung-ho about that idea, and neither had KJB. when i was offered an internship right there in my hometown, it was like God was telling me it would be okay. even if i had to move away, He would be with me to lead the way.

three months after graduation i was offered a job at that same firm. the economy was horrible and very few of my fellow design friends could find the kind of job i had. but i had hope that God would provide for me and He did.

some said i was lucky but i know it was all part of God's plan. and because He had provided for me, i knew i had to wait to see what He wanted me to do with this career that had become a passion of mine.

more on that later...



i'm linking up with the lovely Lindsay and Amy who i met on the influence network. please visit their blogs to read encouraging life lessons from other women in this season of life.

8 comments:

  1. Girl. This seriously spoke to my heart so loudly tonight. Thank you for sharing this journey. I am so blessed and encouraged by this post!

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    1. i'm so glad you feel encouraged by this! deciding on a career is such an important part of our happiness.

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  2. I love how God guides us along our career path! Mine has 100% been led by God, and I know He's got a lot more work to do there. I am so thankful that we can trust in our Lord to lead us, and we don't need to fear about getting lost in searching for the right job.

    Thanks for sharing!! :)

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    1. You are so right! I think many people do get "lost in searching for the right job". That is such a good way to state it. I can share the good news no matter where I work!

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  3. This is a beautiful story of God's faithfulness and provision! Your first paragraph made me laugh out loud. Maybe we should change the maxim to, "When life gives you lemonade, remember it comes from lemons"? ha!

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    1. HA! Can we please do that? Maybe it will catch on :)

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  4. I LOVE love the way u stepped out in faith. We serve such a gracious God and when we seek his will..no matter how scary it seems... He will bless us

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    1. Scary indeed but bless us He will. You are absolutely right! Thank you sweet friend!

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