This is a topic that's been on my heart lately, and I wasn't sure if it was something I wanted to post about. It can be scary sharing personal opinions on the internet sometimes, not sure how people will react or respond. I think that's the one part of blogging I haven't quite gotten comfortable with (even after 3 years!). I find it's easier to post about outfits and leave out the personal stuff, but as I've been praying about it more, I think it's better to share all of that stuff than to hold it in. I mean, that's part of what blogging is right? Being honest and building community at the same time!
I've been working for the same company for 6 years, ever since I graduated from college. I've learned so much and have grown both professionally and personally. I've also gone through many life events while working there, like getting engaged and marrying my best friend, moving to a new state, celebrating my 21st birthday, going to Disneyland at least a dozen times--a lot of life has happened in those 6 years! Recently, I was approached by another company, one that I was really honored to have the opportunity to meet with, and things were going really well. Over the course of two months I met with different leaders and learned about the company's values and visions; I was starting to really consider what my future could look like if I took a leap of faith and branched out of my comfort zone.
When they offered me a position I was initially very thrilled, but to be honest, it was not anywhere close to what I had in mind. If I accepted, it would mean making a lot of sacrifices that I wasn't prepared to make, like making less money, driving farther, and losing out on benefits I had worked hard to accrue. There were a lot of doubts swirling around in my head, so I took several hours to pray about it and talk it over with Freddy. The thoughts I kept coming back to were surrounding my belief that I was more valuable than what they were willing to offer me. I'm not trying to sound ungrateful, because believe me, I was incredibly grateful for this potential opportunity! I just kept feeling like the timing wasn't right, and that something even better would be waiting for me down the road. I have put in a lot of hard work and dedication with the company I currently work for, and it just didn't make sense for me to throw all of that away.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that while I was ready to jump at a new opportunity and accept any offer a company would give me, it took a big part of me to hold back and say, "No, I'm worth more than this and I am valuable." I didn't actually say it in those words ha, but it felt really good to stick to my guns and give myself some R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Looking back, I'm really proud of how far I got in the interview process and I felt that it was a great learning experience. I'm grateful for the opportunity I was given and even more grateful for what it taught me. If you're ever put in a position like that and something doesn't feel quite right, remember your gifts and talents and how valuable they are--how valuable YOU are. Don't let anyone take that away from you! I hope this little bit of #MondayMotivation stays with you throughout your week. I'll leave you with a new quote I found: "Confidence comes through self-awareness." -Joanna Coles