On Friday I finished my contract position at the preschool I’ve been working at. I said goodbye.
It was bittersweet.
I will miss the kids a lot. And my coworkers. It has been a fun year.
But there is a lot I will not miss at all.
The way I was treated was not always good. My coworkers were not always nice. My boss was not always professional. My kids’ parents often criticized and rarely supported.
But most of all, I will not miss the fact that is was outside of my field. It was not what I wanted to do with my life.
I was worried for a while that when the time came to say good bye to preschool I would be left with nothing. I was worried I would have a summer of unemployment ahead of me (or even longer). I was worried another door would never open for me.
But I was wrong.
It is time to say hello.
On Monday I will begin a new job!
I will be working with a social service agency as a social worker!
I will be working with families and children who are being investigated for abuse/neglect and putting in place ideas, goals, and supports to ensure everyone is safe. I will be counseling families and providing services to keep families together or to bring them back together.
And I am really excited.
I know it will be hard. And stressful. And at times emotionally draining.
But I am a social worker. And I will finally get to do it.
It is so clear to me that this is from God.
After a year of struggling with searching for a job while working, of wondering what it would mean to give notice, of wondering if I would break into my field, it happened. And it happened perfectly.
I get one weekend in between jobs. I didn’t have to give notice. I interviewed and the next day I got the job. It is exactly what I want to do.
So on Monday I will say hello.
Hello to a whole new future.