When opportunity knocks
I was offered a job a year before I had planned on even revisiting my supremely outdated resume; yet here I am, a Content Writer for Klusster Media.
For almost 20 years I worked and earned my own income in some capacity, it meant freedom and independence for me. At the age of 29 I was a full-time, pregnant, high school English teacher. My husband got a new job which had us moving across the state of Michigan where we knew nobody; no family, no friends, no help. The best decision I ever made was to become a stay-at-home mom, by far the hardest job I have ever had to this day. With no adult interaction, my personal life was difficult. It didn’t help that just as soon as our oldest started participating in activities where I could meet people, here comes daughter number two!
My pregnancies weren’t easy, I was not that happy pregnant lady, but my kids were incredible. For 7 years I stayed at home with the idea of going back to work one day when both of my kids were in school full-time. My older daughter in second grade and my youngest in young 5’s, I figured in another year or two I would need to buckle down, update my resume, practice interviewing, and find a job that allowed me to still be my kids’ Uber driver.
It was overwhelming to think of how outdated my resume was. I questioned my ability to answer questions with complete sentences or with words that contained more than three letters. Somewhere along the journey of motherhood I had forgotten about the degrees I had earned and the years of work experience I had accumulated. With the pandemic still lurking around in early 2021, and being unable to spend my 40th birthday with my mom, grandmother, brother, sister-in-law, and best friends in Canada, I asked my husband if we could escape to my favorite place in the world with our family of four and my cousins from Connecticut.
After a week in Bonita Springs, Florida we come home and life resumes as per usual; laundry, dishes, kids at school, checking emails/Instagram, grocery shopping, and driving the girls from one commitment to the next. Right around my birthday, a ping on my phone indicated an incoming message, this one a birthday wish via LinkedIn. I opened the alert and saw the name of my 6th thru 8th grade volleyball coach, Mr. Thode, wishing me a Happy 40th Birthday and wondering if I was looking for work. What a weird question, I thought to myself, but I messaged back and said “well what have you got?”
Work remotely, for a coach I loved from my childhood. Write content for companies I believe in, learn more about SEO and creating relevant quality content on the internet. Getting paid to turn my hobby of writing into a job. Flexibility for when I work. Being a part of something new.
What should I do?
- New job
- Trust my boss
- New opportunity
- Didn’t know what SEO stood for
- Writing was always a hobby, never a job
- Time is still super limited with my youngest only in school for 3 hours a day
- Coaching older daughter’s travel soccer team, again time is limited
- Not used to calling my middle school coach, Steve instead of Mr. Thode
- Haven’t spoken to Mr. Thode in almost 20 years, can we work well together?
- Less time to corral my kids
- Less time to do housework
- Less time for errands
- Less time for appointments
- Less time
- Less time
- Less time
I just didn’t know if I could commit the time in order to maintain a balance in my life. For so long I was a ‘yes’ person, always stretching myself too thin, doing too much and then crashing. It’s taken me a lot of time and reflection to learn to say no, to realize I don’t have to do it all, just what I love.
For one year I would be strapped for time, after two years of a pandemic, a year seems like nothing. I can do this, it’s an opportunity that doesn’t come around every day or even in a lifetime. So I said “I’m in!”
Six months later I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel overwhelmed by managing and trying to balance my personal, familial, and professional lives; but who isn’t? If I had turned down this opportunity I would have always been left wondering what if? This is life. It’s busy, chaotic, challenging, happy, sad, frustrating, elating...amazing and beautiful.
There’s not a day that doesn’t go by where I reflect on how grateful I am for the amazing opportunity that Klusster Media has provided. Being able to turn something I love into a job, while still being able to care for my family, is nothing shy of a miracle to me. I was scared, nervous, and worried that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off; some days I feel like I’m just barely squeaking by, but I do...I always do. I'm truly a person who believes that when opportunity knocks, crack open the door, it just may be your chance to say “I’m in!”