Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Facing Major Changes: When One Door Closes…

I haven’t really spoken too much about my job on this blog, other than to mention that I work on Capitol Hill, but this is one time I’ll make an exception. Why? Because like many of my colleagues, I will be moving on at the end of the year as a result of this month's election results.

As some of you may have guessed, I work in the U.S. House of Representatives, where elections always have a major impact on not only the future of the country, but the futures of many staff members just like me. Back in 2006, the elections had a positive effect on my situation, leading to promotions and amazing opportunities. But now, the tables have turned, and I’m doing my best to prepare to leave behind something that has been a major part of my life for the past five years.


But as hard as this may be, I’m trying to stay positive and view this as an opportunity to pursue other passions in the areas of writing, editing, weddings, and perhaps even a few I haven't thought about just yet. And of course, I’ll continue to focus on doing well in my publishing master's classes, getting my wedding coordination certificate, and volunteering with Wish Upon a Wedding DC. I've already met with a university career counselor, and certainly welcome info about any leads or opportunities anyone would like to share with me.

In the end, I feel incredibly lucky to have spent five amazing years fulfilling the very goals I set out to acheive when I first moved to Washington. And along the way, I discovered my incredible husband, so many wonderful people, and an amazing life that I know will continue getting better, despite this rough patch. You know what they say. When one door closes…

(Photo Credit: Kellie Warren) 

13 comments:

  1. I can imagine that it's tough transitioning from a major part of your life to something new. But you've got a great attitude and lots of options. Good luck in the exciting next step!

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  2. I wish you luck in the upcoming year! Here's too a wonderful 2011 :)

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  3. Good luck! I know it can be scary, but you have the right attitude. Leaving my first real law job after just 6 months on the job for a lower paying position elsewhere was he best decision I ever made, though it was terrifying at the time. Good for you for continuing to do all of the other things you enjoy while looking for a new career.

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  4. Best of luck! I love your positive attitude!

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  5. That really sucks, I'm sorry to hear that. My brother actually works down at the House of Reps as well but he does IT stuff so thankfully his job isn't affected by the elections. I'm sure you'll find something awesome soon. If I hear of anything I'll let you know.

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  6. Best of luck! It sounds like you have a ton of great stuff still in the works for you, and that sounds very exciting!

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  7. You have an amazing outlook on life.

    I cannot imagine how major this change is for you but I know that you will succeed with all that you set out to do!

    You are an amazing driven individual and you inspire everyone with your zest for life.

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  8. wishing you the best of luck on your new endeavor!!

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  9. Sorry to hear about your job! Change is certainly scary, but can sometimes turn into an even more rewarding experience. Good luck! It sounds like you have some great things already in the works.

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  10. I wish you all the best! You have a lot of the pieces in place to transition to a new career that you'll love, which is great :)

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  11. I'm really sorry. I don't think you want to relocate to sunny Florida, but I work with recruiters and have extensive experience in interview prepping and resume critiquing - so please let me know if you ever need help!

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  12. Hope things are going well! I'm in a similar position, looking for a job, so I can relate a little. Staying positive sure does help!

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  13. Hey Lady!!! Transition is always good. It may seem hard at first but it will work out for the best. I am wishing you much success in your endeavors. Now you have time to fulfill that desire to be a wedding dress consultant. I have been in transition since '09 and there have been bumps in the road but I am definitely enjoying the ride. Network, Network, Network you never know where this transition period will lead you to.

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