Over the last month or so, I’ve been dealing with multiple transitions that have added stress and excitement to my life. No major catastrophes like death or serious illness, praise God, but significant changes nonetheless. And I’ve never been a big fan of change.
I learned of the first major change about 6 weeks ago. The full-time job I’ve known for the last 12 years of my life fell victim to budget cuts, and the position was eliminated. Thankfully, God and my supervisor were both looking out for me. Another position existed on campus (I work at a university) within an area my supervisor manages, and he was able to secure that position for me with no loss of salary or benefits. God is good! But this is still a major life change for me.
Currently, I am a Testing Coordinator, which means I give CLEP exams, placement tests, offer proctoring services, process AP credit, etc. The job I will be moving to is in the Registrar’s Office. I’ll be in charge of managing the catalog and attending council meetings, updating prerequisites and dozens of new things that I haven’t even been exposed to yet. My previous position was very autonomous. I managed my own schedule and had the final say on nearly everything under my purview. In my new position, I’m going to have to learn an entirely new set of skills as well as work in a new environment and under a new structure that has much less autonomy. So much uncertainty!
Yet there is quite a bit of positive change happening as well, because there are definitely a few things about my current position that I will not miss. Ha! Like working 3 Sundays during the summer for New Student Orientation testing and multiple Saturdays during the year to administer national standardized tests. And I’m excited about certain aspects of my new role. I’ll be able to use my writing and editing skills in producing the yearly catalog. I also already have a working relationship with many of the people in my new office, and I’m sure that we will get along well.
While the job transition has been the biggest addition of stress to my life recently, there are several other big items that have converged on me over the last few weeks:
- Job transition
- Book Deadline – Aug 15
- Losing weight (I’ve been in a program for about 12 weeks and have lost 18 pounds – Yay! But this means I haven’t been able to take advantage of the chocolate therapy that usually sees me through these types of hard times. Boo!)
- Oldest child is a senior in high school – meaning a year of doing some things for the last time accompanied by a touch of separation anxiety knowing she is bound for college and needs lots of guidance during this big life transition.
- Middle child just got his driver’s permit. Yes, taking a 15 year old driving adds quite a bit of stress to life.
- Need to prepare a workshop presentation for ACFW in Sept and do 4-5 paid critiques.
- Found out my publisher wants to take my book covers in a new direction – This is a positive stressor. They are doing this for my benefit, to expand my readership, and they’ve been great about asking me for my input. I’m truly excited at the prospect – yet having no direct control over the finished product is nerve-wracking!
So how have I survived so far? Lots of prayer. Lots of trust in the One Who Sees All to guide my steps and safeguard my future. Great support from family, co-workers, and friends. And a concerted effort on my part to count my blessings.
With a background in clinical psychology – I have a deep belief in the power of positive thinking. Philippians 4 teaches us to think on things that are lovely, pure, right, true, admirable, and praiseworthy. To rejoice always and take our burdens to the Lord and he will give us peace. You cannot have peace if your mind is full of worry, doubt, bitterness, and complaining. Those things drain our energy and pull us farther away from the peace we crave.
So, I’ve been striving to focus on the positive, to fill my heart with excitement over new opportunities and the ability to leave certain unpleasant tasks behind. Some days I succeed more than others, but I know that the Lord will see me through.
My official changeover date is September 14 – right before I leave to got to Dallas for ACFW. If any of you feel so inclined, I would appreciate a prayer between now and then. And if any of you are facing a big transition in life, I would be happy to pray on your behalf as well. Just leave a note in the comment section, and I’ll take it before the Father today.
- How do you handle the stessors in your life?
- Any tips or tricks you can share to make this journey easier?
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