Back to Work

Way back when, in late September, I received a bit of a crushing blow, career-wise. My longtime goal of being a teacher wasn’t going to work out, at least not a this point. I didn’t want to talk about then and still don’t. But I will provide a bit of an update what I’ve been up to.

The first month or so were pretty tough on me. A lot of soul searching, and trying to figure out what it was I really wanted out of my life, a lot of fretting about getting older (turned 30 last week) and a lot of applying for jobs that, well, frankly, I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to get or not.

A conversation with my sister offered an interesting theory. I’m not the sort of person who is defined by their career. I’m a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, along with being a knitter, reader, and aspiring writing. I want to spend summers growing things in a garden and fall canning homemade food.
There are few things I love more than curling up on my couch with my pets, a ball of wool, and two sticks. Maybe a career isn’t what I need right now, maybe I just need a job.

There was a teller position open at one of the local banks in my hometown, I applied, interviewed, was hired, and started last Monday. It is full time, good hours, with some pretty good perks.

Is it a forever job?
I honestly don’t know.

Is it a right now job?

You bet.

I’ll be working between 30 to 39 hours a week, mainly Monday to Friday, eight to six with a hour for lunch. Sure, I’ll have to work the occasional Saturday, but it works out to about one a month. The pay is not the greatest, and I’ll supplement with extra hours at the grocery store, (okay, with grocery hours, it’ll work out to every other weekend). There seem to be oppertunities for advancement within the bank. And, one of the main things I like right now, I can leave work at work. I’m not devoting my hours at home to my job. I can come home, have dinner with the husband, and spend the evening doing activities of my choosing. It should work out just fine for the foreseeable future, maybe longer.

Things are still new right now, I’m not entirely sure what my typical schedule will look like. I’m expecting things to settle down a bit more after the holiday season, and am looking forward to getting into a bit of a routine in January.


  1. This is a great reflection Nicole…it is really hard to live in a world that puts so much emphasis on 'what you do' instead of 'who you are.' The latter is really what matters in the end…I'm happy as a daughter of God, wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, and I have not an ounce of regret about making that decision, or falling into it, as the case may be! You'll continue to be in my thoughts!


  2. Nicole,

    This is a very nice article. Although we all need to do what we need to do, at different parts of our lives, especially if we are parents who need to live up to our responsibilities, I hope you hold on to your long term dream because I think you would make a great teacher! Best wishes,


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