In May of 2014, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in office administration and I spent the next year or so working as a data-entry office assistant for my alma mater, gaining some practical experience and putting my degree into practice. During my time in the office, however, it became more and more apparent that my work just wasn’t something that I loved. Instead, God used the job to make my passion for design and creativity incredibly evident. My two favorite aspects of work were: A) my fantastic co-workers 🙂 and B) the projects in which I was assigned to create something. Whether it was an eye-catching flyer for advertising, or something as simple as an excel sheet for recording, I loved it!
When we moved to Kalona, Iowa this past May, Jon and I had the added blessing of being able to purchase our first home. Tiny though it may be, we have thoroughly enjoyed making it a nest of our own. Because of ministry commitments and travel plans, I decided not to look for a job during the first couple months we moved. But as time ticked on and the summer months came to a close, I began to think more and more about the reality of finding a job and going back to work. The more I thought about it, however, the more I began to dread the thought of spending 40+ hours in a office doing potentially repetitive and remedial tasks, similar to those at my previous job.
My summer “off” was an excellent opportunity to take a break from the busyness of doing both what I call “wifing” and working a full-time job. It gave me time to re-prioritize and truly think about where I should be pouring my energy and focus. I recognized that first and foremost I am a wife and homemaker. Secondly, I am wife to a youth pastor, and while I may not be committed to the position as my husband is, I still place the responsibility of being a help-meet for him in ministry and being there for the kids on my plate. Thus, I found it incredibly beneficial to have a flexible schedule this summer in order to help my husband, meet with people and kids, chaperone for youth activities, ect.
Thirdly, during my time spent at home, I was able to image, create, and decorate. I discovered my passion for making things pretty, cozy, and functional; all the while developing the ability to innovate and create various solutions to different “decor conundrums.”
I was finally able to spend my time doing the things I loved–helping, serving, creating, and hosting.
My heart was full.
At this point, I realized the only reason I would be going back into a full-time office position was for the money. And while money is always nice, it was not a good enough motivator to make me give up and sacrifice the priorities I had established. So, instead, I decided to pursue other opportunities.
One of the opportunities I have decided to pursue is blogging. I love seeing and reading about ideas from others–as well as finding helpful tips and reviews on products, so I decided to make my own! On my blog, I plan to share the progress on our home and our DIY projects, as well as tips on entertaining and some of the lessons God has been teaching me.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I hope you have been encouraged to develop and use your own passions and talents to the glory of God and for the good of others! Find me on Facebook (Grace Unmeasured) and on Instagram (@graceunmeasured) to follow along with my progress and new discoveries! I hope you have a wonderful day. 🙂