Yesterday we talked about finding a job post military; today I want to talk to you about something equally as challenging. A while back Babette Maxwell wrote this (INCREDIBLE) article about common misconceptions many civilians have about military spouses and how many of us are actually very career driven.
I'm aware that employers aren't supposed to discriminate against military spouses, nor do I have to reveal this information, but they do and I prefer too. If a company is going to hire me, I think they deserve to know my situation prior. Believe me, I have interviewed enough to know their gears are turning and they are beginning to make assumptions, regardless of if you tell them or not. You're resume has you in 3 states in the last year, your husband's job "relocated," you live in a city that is largely military...military spouse?
But, after sending out hundreds of resumes, practicing persistence and patience (sometimes not so much patience); I have finally found that career move for me here in California! I couldn't be more excited! This is a company I know will challenge me and one I can grow with. So yes, we (military spouses) may not be around for as long as you would like to invest in someone, but we know that, and that means we have more to prove, and we work harder because of it.
It may have been a little naive of me, but this was a more challenging transition than I originally expected; moving out to California, becoming a wife, and trying to reestablish myself in the corporate world again, all within a few months. But God was testing me, giving me the opportunity to grow and become a stronger person. I see that now. As much as I fight with Him to take control (because I think I know what is best), the Lord continues to show His ways and timing are better and His rewards are greater than any expectation I have for myself. It's my biggest struggle and He knows it.
We celebrated with dinner at Lighthouse, an oyster bar and grill in the Oceanside Harbor with a exquisite view. Any time we're able to have dinner with a view of the sunset, we feel incredibly in awe of the beauty of the west coast.
PS. For those of you who are a fan of the headpiece, or those of you who want to wear it out of spite because your husband calls it a necklace on your head, you can make one for 5 bucks!