It seems as though the world struggled through 2016 and everyone is happy that the year is over.
Despite a rough start to the year, 2016 turned out to be pretty amazing! A lot of really good (and in some cases unexpected) things happened in my life.
Here’s a recap of my life (I guess) in 2016:
A Full-Time Job Offer Fell Through…
Just before Christmas last year, I reluctantly accepted a full-time childcare position. I’ve never wanted a career in childcare, but that seemed to be my only option. I did love nannying part-time in a private household and hoped to find another family to work with. But I couldn’t say no when I was offered a full-time day care position.
Before the holidays, I did some initial paperwork and training, and waited to hear back about my start date in the new year.
Except I kept waiting and waiting… and didn’t hear anything until mid-January! When I finally got an email back from HR, it wasn’t to tell me when I could start. Nope. It was to tell me that the position they offered me and I accepted no longer existed…
They did, however, have a few part-time positions available. I ended up taking one with an after-school program.
It worked out okay as I was able to keep nannying in the mornings, after all. Between the two jobs, I was making more money than I was when I worked at the gym, but it was still only a fraction of what I used to make.
It also meant driving a lot more – up to 2 hours a day (depending on what shift R was working). Some days the hour-long drive to work a 3-hour shift just didn’t feel worth it. Especially the day that a rock hit and cracked my windshield. And the day we had to pay $600 in maintenance costs to make sure the car we heavily relied on didn’t break down.
I Almost Died…
In March, I almost died.
It was so much scarier than I let on, and I didn’t talk about it at all. I didn’t even tell my family about it until the following day.
We’re not 100% sure what happened because my test results at the ER came back normal. But we think I had a seizure.
I had been sick with a cold and was taking various over-the-counter medicine, trying to find something that worked. We suspect that I had a bad reaction to one of them. Whatever it was, I lost consciousness, had seizure-like symptoms, and started to choke. Thank God it happened when I was at home, sitting on the couch next to R, otherwise, I might not be here to write this. He saved my life!
And then my luck changed. The remainder of the year was pretty amazing!
I Got Married!
On July 23rd, at a beautiful scenic location just outside of town, R and I got married in front of about 60 of our closest friends and family members. Everything turned out perfectly, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start our married life together.
We kept things simple, casual, and relatively stress-free. (And also budget friendly!) Everyone raved about the location, the food, and how much fun they had.
I have a wedding recap post scheduled for next week (which is also our 6 months anniversary), so stay tuned for that.
I Started a Full-Time Job!
After all the rejection and dead-ends over the last two years, I was seriously starting to wonder if I’d ever find a full-time job again. But in May, I was offered not one, but two full-time jobs!
I was really undecided as to which one to pick. One was in Education which was familiar, friendly, and something I was very confident I could do. But it involved a lot of traveling in my own vehicle, and there wasn’t much room to advance. The other was in a whole new industry with the provincial government, that would open up numerous opportunities, and included a pension. But the position was only temporary, the interview went badly, I wasn’t sure I’d “fit in”.
Instead of taking the easy route, I accepted the challenge that working in a new industry would bring. Even though the hiring process took almost 3 months (I didn’t start until the end of August) and I questioned my decision so many times, I’m happy that I picked the job that I did. I really like it! I’ve learned so much more than I would have with the education job, and it is soooooo interesting. I wish I could talk about it more, but unfortunately, there are strict confidentiality rules that I have to follow.
I Got a Promotion!
I wasn’t kidding when I said the government job would open up numerous opportunities! Six weeks after I started, I was offered and accepted a promotion.
Although I’ve yet to start my new position (as they are still in the process of hiring my replacement), on paper I immediately became a permanent full-time government employee. I got a small raise and now have health benefits for both of us, as well.
When I do start my new new job, I’ll be back to working at a computer in an office. I don’t think it’ll be as exciting as my role is now, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ll be the junior out of 3 people in the department, which means I’ll probably be doing a lot of data entry at first. But I’ll also be the youngest person working in administration by at least 20 years. More than half of my colleges are only a few years away from retiring, so I don’t anticipate being the in the junior role for long.
I’m Going to be an Aunt!
Technically I already became an aunt when I got married (R’s brother has two girls), but now I’ll also be an aunt biologically speaking. My older sister and her husband are expecting a baby! It’ll be the first baby in my immediate family, and I cannot wait to meet the little guy or girl this summer. (I think it’s going to be a girl.)
Overall, I’m going to remember 2016 with a great big smile on my face. And hope that I can say the same about 2017.
YOUR TURN: What was the BEST thing that happened to you in 2016?
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