Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Blocking Fortune

“A closed mind is like a closed book; just like a block of wood.”
For quite some time, I have felt a little closed, a little stagnant. Neither moving forward nor moving behind (of course just the act of standing still puts you behind – life moves forward all around you). My life, my mind felt closed. I had stopped writing, I had been doing the same job for many years, I was wrapped up in the day to day. Until…my husband got notice he was being laid off.

That is a shell shocker for anyone to hear, a deadline when you will no longer have a job. Not having benefits with three kiddos and a host of health issues, not having an income with three kiddos…all very scary. That’s when I took a second job. Got out of the house (I worked from home until then), met new people…my mind started to open. Then I did not like some of what I saw and found a different second job, LOVED the people there, loved the experience – I grew some more.
During this time, my home life suffered – my nights and weekends were never mine. Such is the nature of a retail job. Even though I undertook writing this blog, everything creatively fell behind.  My husband’s job got extended and we felt safe. A year passed.

We got the notice that he is being laid off for sure, there is no stopping it, it is going to happen.
A friend talked to me about classes at a local college and I looked into it. Medical Billing and Coding – I was blessed with an incredible grant and a wonderful advisor who looked at my background of administrating a non-profit and she recommended I apply to a new position opening up in my area with the college program that I was taking the class through. I applied in February, never heard a thing. Figured they had found someone they felt was a better fit.

I took my class, passed with flying colors made some new friends – my book, my mind was certainly opened.
“A closed mind is like a closed book; just like a block of wood.”

No wooden block here!
Then out of the blue – on the day of my final exam, I got a phone call! They wanted to interview me!!
ME?! ME?!
I interviewed and later that night, they called to offer me the job! I start June 15!!

Now – the pay is not fabulous. The benefits are great! The people are wonderful! But – but, even better…
I can take any class I want, my sons can take any class they want, my husband can take any class he wants! I can finally get my degree – really open my mind, really start to grow again!

We are still waiting for the final axe for my husband’s job, but I feel like we have turned a corner. With my evenings and weekends back, our family can get back on track – this will give my husband the ability to find what he needs to move forward with his career. I am excited!
I will still be working two jobs – one at the college, the other still based at home, but it will all be on my terms!

Life, yes, Life is good!
Live, Laugh, Love~
Vanilla Mama

PS – Your lucky numbers, keep your mind open – it could happen! 14, 21, 16, 42, 32, 11


  1. How great that the darkness is retreating and you can see the light. Losing your livelihood is very scary. Congratulations on your new career and good luck!

  2. Congrats !! wow, so much happened. Time is flying by so fast.
    I am glad that you have tried a couple of new things and landed at a good place. I have been thinking of doing medical billing too. Right now I work only two days and week (in retail )after they closed my audit dept. I am much older than you and our responsibilities are taken care of, so it is OK.
    Come Oct. we will get a lot more hours.

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