Have you ever had a moment where it feels like all of the pieces are into place? Life is crazy and chaotic and spiraling out of control, and then there’s this moment where there’s clarity, it all stops, and it all makes sense. I had one of those moments today.
If you’ve been with me for awhile, you know that last June I left a job that I absolutely loved after being offered what I felt was an even better opportunity. I left on great terms, and my former boss has been one of my biggest cheerleaders.
I now work for the government, in an office with only men, in a male dominated field. (This is a far cry from my previous job in a private non-profit where the female to male ratio is 5:1.) Some days, I have the confidence of Mad Men’s Joan Holloway. Other days are discouraging, I almost reach the point of tears, I wonder why the hell I thought the grass would be greener somewhere else, and I send my dad approximately 50 WhatsApp messages asking why the “Glass Ceiling” is still very much a thing.
Tuesday was so bad. And then out of the blue I got a note from my former boss, letting me know she had written a recommendation for me to use on my LinkedIn account. And Wednesday was frantic and I got the bad news about my infusion being indefinitely postponed because my doctor’s office was out of the medication. (Still can’t figure out how that happens.) But then I found out that the woman who has my dream job paid me a compliment. Despite all of the unfortunate, unpleasant junk going on in my life, I had encouragement.
Today was the monthly meeting of my leadership class, and it focused on the field that I work in. The city manager of the city where I live (and one of the cities that I work for) gave a presentation, and I had one of those weird “clarity” moments. (Last time I had one of these, I realized I was not where God wanted me!) I am right where I’m meant to be.
I love my community. I’m passionate about it. I’m a cheerleader for it. Some days I legitimately feel like Leslie Knope. At this point in my life, government is where I’m meant to be. My job is challenging, but it has purpose. And I truly feel that God is preparing me for something. Maybe he wants me to break through the Glass Ceiling so that my daughters will never have to text me the questions I text my dad. Maybe he wants me to breakdown and completely change my career path. Maybe he wants me to toughen up, because CEO’s need thick skin. The future is uncertain, but the present is very clear.
If you’re feeling a little discouraged in your career, I encourage you to pray about it. I know signs like the one that I got aren’t random. And if you want me to pray for you, I gladly will.
I also want to encourage you to cheer other women on. Being genuinely happy for other women doesn’t take away from your success. And when we succeed, we are one step closer to shattering the glass ceiling.
Thanks for following along with me on my professional journey. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Just to clarify – This piece is in no way aimed at or about my co-workers. They are wonderful! It is about what it’s like to be a female in a male dominated industry. Thanks for reading 🙂