Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What Can Happen in a Year...

Exactly one year ago today, I wrote this post and took the leap of faith that I needed. I quit my job with no plan other than moving back home to New Hampshire. At first, I was terrified, not knowing what the future held for me. But I'm a firm believer in faith and in a higher power and shortly after I gave notice to AMT, my current job practically landed in my lap. My friend Danielle called me to say that her sister Nicole had given notice at her job, too. While that may seem like an interesting coincidence- two acquaintances quitting their jobs within hours of each other- to me it was much more significant. I'd mentioned to some friends months prior to quitting my own job that the field I was interested in pursuing was the bridal industry. After a lot of research, I came to the conclusion that I was most suited to alterations. My background in design and sewing seemed to have prepared me most for that and I knew I would find it far more interesting and challenging than anything else. So back to that coincidence? Nicole's job that she had resigned from was the job that I currently have- the Alterations Manager for an amazing bridal boutique.

Now that I've been back in New Hampshire and working a new job for nearly a year, I'm completely blown away by how fortunate I am. Yes, I worked hard to get here and I'm currently working hard to get through my first wedding season, but I also feel so fortunate to be able to work for such an amazing company with incredible co-workers doing interesting and challenging work. I've had an amazing year, and I've been able to spend a lot of time with some of the best friends I know- new and old. There are days that are tough- days when a "bridezilla" or her mom decides to say something mean or nasty to me. There are long days and hard days and sometimes sad days- like when I hear that a bride will not be picking up her dress as scheduled because the wedding has been canceled. But at the end of every day, I look back and reflect on all I said and did and I walk away knowing I did the best job I could handling any given situation. And most of the time, I get to have a blast helping lots of incredible women look absolutely stunning for one of the most important days of their lives. See what I mean? I'm incredibly fortunate.

It's amazing to me what can happen in a year. But it did take a little bit of courage to start the ball rolling. So if you are in a situation like I was- a situation that is making you unhappy, whether it be your job, or where you live or a friendship or relationship that isn't working out- DO something about it. I have always said that I do not want to be the type of person who is unhappy and does nothing about it. If you've ever met someone like that, you'll know what I mean. So don't be that person- make a change. You won't regret it!

3 comments:

Maria said...

I needed to hear that. Thanks. And I'm glad things are working out great for you! :)

Renée T. Bouchard said...

Maria- thanks so much for reading and commenting. I'm glad to know these posts about my job changes are useful to someone. Hope all is well with you. :)

Beth said...

Renee, I always think of you as one of the most courageous people I know. Congratulations on your wonderful year, and thank you for sharing.

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