In late November I got a call from a recruiter friend of mine. She told me about a job as an Accounting Manager for a Fortune 20 Company here in Houston. The role was within the healthcare industry and it looked like it would offer great work life balance and opportunity for growth. This sounded like the perfect opportunity for me. I spent a lot of time in prayer during my interview process and during the long period of waiting before I actually got my job offer. I kept asking God to open the door wide open if this was the right job for me. I wanted a clear answer, and I kept getting that clear answer over and over again. In my first interview (a phone interview with my now current boss who is in Ohio) she mentioned work/life balance up front. This was HUGE. One of the first rules of interviewing is not to ask about work/life balance. As a Mom this has always been so hard for me, because this is the most important thing I look for in a job. The fact that my boss raved about the work/life balance gave me a lot of hope and excitement about this role.
I have been in my role for just over a month, which means I have gone through my first month end close, and I still love it. I have A LOT to learn, but that is exciting to me. I am now managing 8 people and enjoying stepping into that role of leading people. I am trying to be intentional about caring for these people that I am blessed to work with. I hope that I can be a blessing to them in how I interact with them and how I can teach them and help them grow in their roles.
The downside about the new job has been a MUCH longer commute. Our whole schedule has been flipped upside down (this was a needed change that was a long time coming). I used to roll into work between 9 and 9:15. The girls would sleep until 7:30 or 8 and they’d get to school around 8:30. Now I am into work before 8am every day. I am actually shooting for 7:30am, but I seem to be averaging around 7:40 or 7:45. This includes an almost hour commute, which means leaving the house between 6:30 and 7. Andrew has gotten onto the same schedule, which seems to be working well. He gets home earlier (before 10pm) now because he gets in so early. The girls have adjusted well, although Autumn sleeps very deeply during naptime now and she is much grumpier in the mornings. It is now very obvious when it is Olivia’s bedtime (around 7 or 7:30pm). When she gets tired she gets super fussy.
Anyways, here is a photo update of the girls from about November to current. There has been a lot that I haven’t documented on here that I’d like to. I’m hoping I can get into a better habit of documenting our sweet little girls.