Freezing cold last Saturday and 90 degrees today. Who knew? Glad I had my shorts ready!
I’m preparing for two separate interviews right now and I had a massive insight about my interview journey, long and arduous as it’s been. I remember the first hiring package I sent over two years ago, and how my hands shook as I sent it. I wasn’t sure then what kind of job I wanted, only that I wanted to be in a collegial environment. From those inauspicious beginnings, I have probably applied for well over 500 positions all over the world. Literally. I’ve interviewed with schools in Europe and Asia, in addition to a whole bunch here in the States. I’ve come in second place 10 times. I could allow that to frighten me, or I could reflect on the journey. I choose to reflect on what I’ve learned.
In the beginning:
1. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be in administration or on the faculty.
2. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to live, but I knew it had to be “somewhere else”
3.There’s a lot of “somewhere elses” out there
4. I operated under the old paradigm in which I could work tirelessly 12 hours a day
5. Anywhere was good enough, but I had to make the transition work around my job
1. I am a business and accounting instructor, and a darned good one at that!
2. The search isn’t about living and working “anywhere”; it’s got to be what’s best for all parties, including me
3. “All parties” includes my family, situated as they are on opposite coasts
4. I need to work for a place where students are valued as much as the faculty
5. I need to be in a place where I’m not just making a living, struggling paycheck to paycheck
6. I need trees, hills, greenery, water, and LIFE all around me
7. By “all around me,” I don’t mean that my bedroom window looks into my neighbor’s bathroom or living room (which has been the case for the last 9 years). Space is good.
8. I need to be where I can follow my passion for teaching the people who need it most: in the classroom, in an area where people tend to be underserved
Sounds like a lot, but that’s a two-plus year set of revelations distilled into a series of insights. The cool part is that I now really know who I am, what I’m meant to be, and how much everyone else I love factors into this choice. It’s also about spiritual alignment with the creator-spirit that reaches out to other people through me, and my yoga practice has certainly facilitated that.
I’m a preparing for these interviews, completing the work that has been given to me, and leaving the “how will this come to pass?” in God’s hands.