My little family has decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee! This means I’ll be leaving my job of 7 years as a project manager for a small (very small) marketing group. I’m excited for the changes… I’m excited to start over… but, I’m terrified. I don’t have a job yet in Nashville.
Specific reasons why I’m terrified:
Number 1 – It’s been almost 8 years since I got up at dawn to dress and shower and pack a lunch every day. I’ve been working from home, sleeping in, working at a comfortable pace, often not putting on make-up or bothering to style my hair for YEARS. Not only am I not a morning person, I dont have the wardrobe of an office person. I only have to look professional about 2x a month with my current job. I’m terrified that my house will be a mess and I’ll end up eating take-out pizza every night. (Those of you with children and “real” full-time jobs are probably laughing at me…or rolling your eyes.)
Number 1.5 – As a WAHM I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with my son. I’m terrified that if I get a “real” job with a commute, my kiddo will have to adapt to 10 hours a day at daycare instead of the 6 or 7 that he’s been used to. I just don’t know if a big salary is worth putting him in daycare for that long. I do love to work but I don’t know if I have what it takes to “do it all” and I seriously admire those of you that do.
Number 2 – I don’t know how much money I’ll be making so I don’t know how much we can afford in a living space. I’m going out to Nashville next week to look for a place to live. We’ve decided to rent for a year. We’ll be new to town and Nashville has so many different neighborhoods. However, if I’m only working part-time (as I’d like) we need something small and cheap and I’ve decided, after hours of searching, that it will probably be really small and it probably wont have a dishwasher. But, if I did have a nice, full-time position we might get to rent a house with a guest room, maybe even 2 bathrooms… and, hopefully, a dishwasher! Which is definitely making me reconsider a full-time rather than part-time job.
Number 3 – I made the mistake of applying for a jobs a few months ago and ended up having to turn down a dream job (planning half marathons) because I wasn’t sure what my move date was. So, now I’m terrified of applying for jobs before I get there because I am still a little gun shy after turning down an awesome job that suited me so well. Now that we have an approximate move date I could start applying but I’m not going to.
The Solution – I’ve decided to ignore these fears and focus on the move. I have files to get in order, a yet-to-be-hired-replacement to train, a house to pack and clean, a cross-country drive to plan, and a new home to decorate. Then, when we get there, I have a toddler to potty-train and a big-boy-bed to transition into. A move + potty-training + a new job = too much at once. My husband has been so supportive of this decision. Neither of us is particularly happy that we’ll be living off of our savings for a while but I’m glad it’s there.
So, wish me luck!
Anyone in Nashville know of any part-time jobs that pay a million dollars a year plus benefits with on-site daycare? (Salary negotiable.) Hook me up!