As many of you who read this blog know, I moved to Chicago late this fall after living in Manhattan for 9.5 years. Admittedly, it was hard for me to do so, but I knew it would be a great place to raise a family and be closer to our own respective families. It also was something that the Mister & I had discussed for many years. Needless to say, It’s been an adjustment! Navigating a new city, looking for suitable and challenging work, making friends for myself and for C— all with a toddler in tow, has been a lot harder than I ever imagined.
You see, the old pre-Charlotte me used to have a really fantastic job that I was pretty good at! A job that unfortunately, I would no longer be able to do in Chicago. I knew that, but figured my experience would lend itself to something new and great. Since early in the year I began exploring different avenues, but I was having a hard time finding something suitable. Finally, came a good opportunity, which feel through in the offer stage, then came a wonderful opportunity- after 3 months and 10 interviews another waiting game ensued..this week was decision week. Yesterday they announced big layoffs, and today I was told that I was the top candidate but there is a hiring freeze.
So back to square 1. For now, I am going to take a break in my job hunt (for reasons you’ll learn in part 2), but I honestly am so frustrated. I have worked my entire life, and while I am grateful to be home with C, I yearn to work. Part of me feels so lost! Probably doesn’t help that I am so type A and a planner.