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Pinch Me

First off, let me preface this post by stating how much I loathe job searches. I hate writing cover letters, editing resumes, interview anxiety, waiting by the phone like a schoolgirl, and most of all... the way I tend to overanalyze and second-guess everything I say and do throughout the entire process. It is utterly exhausting! I'd been contemplating career moves for over a year, and kept procrastinating for these exact reasons. However, I knew that taking risks was necessary in order to further my professional and personal growth, and finally started making moves about a month ago.

It's been a challenging process, but over weeks of stress, deliberation, and sleepless nights, I've learned to identify and overcome many things that used to scare me and hold me back (which mainly revolve around my fear of change, mistakes, failure, and rejection). I learned to force myself to see the positive and not just the negative in each situation, and to allow myself to believe in possibilities instead of instantly shooting them down in order to shield myself from potential disappointment. I learned to take discouragement and turn it into motivation. Most importantly, I learned to be kinder to myself and to stay true to my gifts, talents, and dreams.

It was all worth it! I just accepted a job offer at an amazing company that I never even dreamt of working at prior to this journey. Praise the Lord! I am over the moon and super excited for this new opportunity. It feels pretty surreal, but I have a feeling it's going to be incredible.

Throughout this process, my family and friends have been overwhelmingly generous with their cheer and encouragement, and it has meant the world to me. I am especially thankful for my husband, who has been unfaltering in his faith, love, and support along the way. He's just so wonderful.

Anyway, I've really missed blogging! This site actually played a role in helping me land my interview, and I am really looking forward to sharing all the exciting things that are headed our way. More later!

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Reader Comments (18)

I'm glad you can finally sleep instead of looking like =_= every morning for the last month.
I hate change too.. but i guess we just have to learn to embrace it. oh and stop being a cray. >=) you're already perfect the way you are.

<3 <3 ^^ *rattle rattle. sticks. rattle

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShampoo47

seriously woman, you've always had it in you. But I guess I'm okay :) loves!

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhusband

woooooooT :D

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

Freaking Martha Stewart! Congrats!!

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Congratulations Jennifer! Martha Stewart is so perfect for you!!! Thank you for sharing, well deserved!

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

i want to see you with your own segment on the show within 5 years ok?! ok!

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDD

You are more than deserving of this new, wonderful opportunity. You're gonna wow them, the same way you've wow'ed us. They are lucky to have you...and this is only the tip of the iceberg-you will only continue to climb from this point on! We're all very proud of you...and I won't wish you good luck, because luck has nothing to do with it-you've had it in you all along :-)

Miss you :-)

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSash'

congrats to you jen!!! keep us posted with ur new journey! when r u starting?

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

ugh! i am the same way. i keep thinking about the stupid look i must have plastered on my face as i'm trying to answer questions xP so glad you were able to overcome those feelings! and congratulations!!! =D when are we celebrating? =P

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterann

congrats babe! well deserved. let's celebrate + have shabu-tatsu soon xx

Dear Daughter, I thought I would be the first to write the comment, but being #11 is not bad--I believe I will still be on the top. We are so proud of you and so grateful you have received this opportunity to expand your talents and to serve the society. May you enjoy your work and be a blessing to those you meet--both at home and at work.

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMama

Cogratulatuons, Jenn!! I really admire the way you can share so honestly about something so many of us can relate to. You're going to be great -- Martha is lucky to have you!! =)

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

so cool! congrats jenn!

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranita

Jenn!!!!!! OMG this post was beautiful; your honesty and openness about your search is so refreshing to read, and as you know, something I can relate to. I am so happy that good things happen to good people who deserve them; like you! You know I will miss you but I could not be happier for you and your future. Now throw Wonka a decadent b-day party!! HEHE <3

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

congrats, jenn!! Im super happy for you... and not surprised one bit!! KIT!!

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

yay! congrats my dear!! cheers to 2012! =)

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchi

Soooo excited, let's celebrate!!

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Way to go sis! We're all very proud of you and couldn't be happier for this moment :)

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertalida

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