Taking Back My Twenties

Back to Work

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 | 25 comments

Happy Labor Day! I’m enjoying a fun-filled weekend with my parents, who are visiting Dallas!

I introduced my mom to the beer-rita at the Katy Trail Ice House!  She’s now requesting them at Christmas dinner.
It’s our last hurrah in this extended wedding-honeymoon-Dallas summer extravaganza, because I’m starting work tomorrow and Matt starts next Monday. I’ve always felt really uncomfortable with unemployment and I promised myself I’d take my time with this search so that I could find the right opportunity. But, the minute the honeymoon was over I was already anxious and basically panicking that I was up and moving without a job. So this go-round, I decided to find temporary [full-time] employment right away so that I could truly take my time and figure out what’s next. I’ve accepted a position that I’m excited about, and I’ll be sure to let you know when I know the next step in this confusing path. I’m not looking forward to hearing that alarm ring tomorrow morning, but I’m super excited to get back into a routine and do something productive with these hot Dallas days:)


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  1. Bob

    I like your dad’s shirt. Good luck with the gig.

  2. Kath

    Wish we were there!

  3. Sandy

    Would love to hear what you are doing in your temporary position.

  4. ella fante

    She is a temp secretary until she’s inseminated

    • Laura

      Prob wouldn’t be worth my time to do that…if I wanted to get knocked up, I’d just go for it and hope it happened before I had to answer phones and make copies.

      • AnnoyedAdmin

        Well. I was a temp secretary who made copies and answered phones. It paid the bills until I found a more permanent solution. I made more money than many people who have non-admin jobs. I also worked hard, learned to meet the demands of very busy people and had to master multi-tasking.

        Now I have a totally different job, but I use what I learned as an admin every single day. Good for Larbs (whatever her gig is) for putting herself out there.

    • Really Ella Fante ?

      Wow…that was tacky

  5. Madison

    Sounds like such an exciting adventure! Good luck!

  6. Sara

    Sounds like a great idea. Good luck with your new position!

  7. Aimee

    You know I really admire your candor and easy-going nature with comments– so refreshing as a reader! Good luck at your new job.

  8. Leslie

    Good luck with your new job. I’ve moved many times due to my husbands career. I have done exactly what your doing. It takes time to learn your way around a city and know what jobs are out there for you. If you can obtain temporary employment near in your area I say go for it. Once you are settled you will have contacts and can better evaluate what is right for you. The stress of moving across the country, finding housing etc can be a lot to deal with. Your husband is just starting his career and needs your support as well. By taking a temp position you have removed a big stressor for you both. I wish you well.

  9. Shannon

    Good luck with your new job and finding something you love! I love your mindset about finding a new position. My bf moved across the country several months ago for a job and I have been scared to follow until I have a permanent job there. Love that you just went for it – it is so inspiring! On a lighter note, I love that your parents drank beer-rita’s with you! So fun!

  10. Emily

    Best of luck! Perhaps even your temp job will open more doors for you that will help you find your “dream” job.

  11. eliza

    How was it moving away from family and friends?? Do you have any advice on this? My new husband wants to move down south and I live in new england. Would be such a change.

  12. Mal

    People can say what they want, but as someone in a similar situation, taking a minute to breathe sounds like the best thing you could be doing. Getting married, moving across the country, setting up a new living situation, etc is a BIG DEAL. I hope you get as much time as you need to settle in :)

  13. Hope

    Good luck with the new job!

    And I hope that you don’t mind me saying this ……your husband is super handsome!

  14. Maggie

    Hi Laura,

    I stumbled across your blog while looking for some courage to stick it out as a school psychologist. I feel incredibly miserable about the profession… It breaks my heart that I spent so much time in school to get a degree in a profession I’m hating. I know you’re keeping your job on the down-low but any chance you’d go back to school psych?

    Or any advice on sticking it through.

    • Laura

      Yeah, I’m definately still looking for positions. For me, it’s all about the specific role – in Boston, I was building-based and able to do a lot of counseling, but I’ve heard in Texas, school psychs travel between 4-6 schools. If I’m lucky enough to find a position in a charter school or be able to be based in 1-2 schools, I’d be really excited. In my experience, the grass is always greener though, and even with the crazy testing loads these days, being a school psych is still a pretty awesome gig!

  15. Allyson

    By not posting my comment, I assume you also think that my comment describes kerf.

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