Saturday, September 10, 2011

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

I've prayed for so long for something better to come my way--for a chance and this might be it.

I went on a job interview a few weeks ago and was notified yesterday that I got the position!

What exciting news!

It's a clerical position at a well-known university in the heart of the Loop. Literally a block from my city job. So convenient!

It's part-time, just two nights a week but it pays a bit more than my other jobs. Plus I've known two people who've worked there that have advanced up within a year's time, so there's definitely opportunity and room for growth.

Even though it's only 10 hours a week at least my foot is in the door now should something full-time open up.

I'm grateful yet stressed. It's been an overwhelming past couple of days. So much to think about.

Now I have to decide which one of my current jobs to get rid of (if not both). God knows I hate the crafts store yet I'm so tired of the city job too. Both have their pros and cons. I just don't want to make the wrong choice.

My, my, my. Decisions, decisions, decisions.


naturgesetz said...

I wish I had some reason to suggest one over the other, apart from the convenience of the location of the city job to the college. But all I can do is suggest a couple of questions.

Which job pays more?

Which job do you dislike more? (This is the first time I can recall offhand that you said you don't like the city job, but you've been saying it all the time about the crafts store job.)

Are there benefits (such as health insurance or a retirement plan) at one that are better than at the other?

Is there a greater likelihood of being laid off at one than at the other?

Congratulations on getting the college job! It sounds as if having it is more important than the choice between the current jobs. IOW having the college job and either of the current ones is better than having the two current jobs. So it's an improvement in your situation whichever job you choose to drop. (At least for the time being, I'd suggest holding on to one of your current jobs, both for the additional income and as a fallback if the college job turns out to be no good. Maybe after a while, you'll have some savings and having the free time will be better than the extra income from the city or the store.)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Cool!
I love the picture, and all the writing on the other side. What's it on?

Michelle said...

Congratulations!! You deserve a new opportunity like this. Good on you for tying something new!

Ken Riches said...

Congrats on the new job, it may be the beginning of a whole new you.

Klee said...

Congratulations! I don't even really know you but I'm happy for you. If I were you I'd give notice to the Art Store job. Keep the city job and the new job at the college. It looks like you'll have a chance to get a promotion--whereas at the Art Store, from what you describe, there might be a slighter chance of promotion than your new clerical position. Never lose hope....I was in a similar situation as you a few months ago and things have been working out slowly but I've happier than I ever was in these last 2 years (I lost a job I loved and had it for 25 years!!!). I was super depressed!!! I read your blog all the time and identify with your struggles. I, too, dream finding the right man one day...who loves me unconditionally.

jason said...

oooo...wishing you luck!

JuJu said...

Oh, but at least it's a GOOD decision you get to make. WooHoo and congratulations!! Pretend I'm giving you a big bouquet of Gerber Daisies to celebrate!!

Kristen's Paintings said...

Yet it's nice to have a choice isn't it?

I'm sure you'll make the right one.

Mind Of Mine said...

Congratulations! Although you don't like the city job, does it have as much a negative effect on you as the craft store.

stanw said...

Decisions for sure but I know you'll know at the right time which one to make. This new job sounds good and that you're excited about it is awesome, as well as the good reports of being able to advance in it. I am so HAPPY for you, you're worth it!


Moving on up - congratulations!

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

praying that you will pick the one that would make you feel good and happy. and less stressful!..



Jackdaw said...

But the most important decision you have already made: to take the new opportunity. Congratulations!

Sean said...

Congratulations, Dean. That is great news.

Randuwa said...

Oh my friend, I am so HAPPY for you! I don't even know what else to say, mozel tov!--and I'm not even Jewish, but it seems to fit this occasion. faithfully, r.

Janie B said...

Congratulations on the new job, and good luck with your decision making.

Amy Jo said...

Exciting!!! I pray for guidance in your decision. Decisions are difficult for me just for the fear that I will make the wrong choice or regret the decision I made. Good luck!!

Marty said...

Congrats on getting the new job! I hope it leads to lots of great things for you :-)

Mike said...

Sending you my best whatever you may decide!!!

Dean Grey said...


I've complained about the city job in my earliest blogposts under the "work" label.

The university job pays the most, the city job comes in second, and the crafts store comes in last!

And besides vacation days at my city job, there are no other benefits to be had!



I was writing the rough draft to this blogpost on that sheet of paper and simply wrote the word "decisions" on the backside!



Hooray for something new!



Let's hope so!



I'm glad to hear my blogposts resonated with you.

One day our man will come!



Thank you!



*accepts flowers*


Paintings and Wanderings!

Having choices RULE!


Mind Of Mine!

Ian, no the crafts store is easily the most irritating and stressful of the two.



Thanks for the vote of confidence, sir!





JJ Roa Rodriguez!

Less stressful sounds WONDERFUL!



I never looked at it that way. Very true!



Great news indeed!






Why thank you!


Amy Jo!

I'll pray on it as well.



*fingers crossed*





Everyone's congratulatory comments are greatly appreciated!


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I am grinning from ear to ear... there is no 'wrong' decision here, so make a choice and don't look back and second guess yourself. Good things happening for YOU!!!

Dean Grey said...


I agree. After reflecting on it for a bit, I see there's no wrong choice, just a choice.

Thank you!