Saturday, January 15, 2011



Everybody makes wishes at 11:11 I guess? Do they ever come true? I think they might.

I have an amazing boyfriend. Yes, I know, that was fast. It still shocks me daily and I can't stop smiling. One thing that was really getting us down, though, was that we were both out of work. Me, by choice, of course (though working from home & missing that stability and human interaction was getting me down). Him, because there is just no work in this town right now, or anywhere for that matter.

So, for two months straight, every time I caught the clock at 11:11, I wished for the both of us to find jobs. I wasn't even picky with where or how much, just jobs.

Last weekend, the boy's brother told him about an opening at his work (it's food service, but hey, it's a job). He was told to go in on Monday to fill out an application. At the same time we were heading out to the sandwich shop--hey, a girl's gotta eat, right?--I got an email about a job opening.

At least a month before, after cruising Craigslist, I got it in my head that maybe daycare could be the career that would work for me. [Yes, I will always be a seamstress, but it is something that is very difficult to build a life on...I would prefer to keep it 'on the side'.] So, I searched for daycares in my town and found the very best one, and applied online. Even though it required degrees, certifications, and experience that I don't have, I hoped there was a chance of there being an entry-level position fit for me.

About 30 people got this email asking them to take one of those online pre-interview tests. I knew I didn't stand a chance. After we got home from the boy filling out his application, where he was also asked to come in for an interview the next day, I took the test. I did really well, I thought...I've always pretty good at timed tests. But, again, one of the first questions? Do you have CDA certification? Uhh....

The boy went in on Tuesday morning for his interview, and I woke up two minutes til in time to text him "Good luck!". His reply? "Got it! Starting today." WOW. Got up, got online, and had an email from the daycare thanking me for taking the test, and asking me to come in to interview. WOW. I couldn't believe it.

You know what the date was on Tuesday? 1-11-11. Yep.

I still had my doubts about the job, but either way I was excited--if I didn't get the job, I had decided I would pursue a degree in Early Childhood instead.

Set up an interview for Thursday and was out of my mind nervous. I read over my resume again, read the entire website for the daycare (it's a nation-wide corporation so they have a lot of information on there), and took some online test interview questions.

This is what I wore:

shirt- Target
sweater- Target
skirt- Banana Republic

This was the best business-casual-cute-"can't you picture me teaching 3 year olds table manners" outfit I could pull together on late notice. I'd had the sweater and skirt for years and never worn them. PERFECT.

Anyhow, long story long, the interview went really well (this is the first time...ever...definitely, that I can say "I nailed it!"), and yesterday I got the email offering me the position!

I'm going to get paid to cuddle with babies, make art with toddlers, and just generally try to positively impact the lives of a bunch of little people. It's kind of a dream come true. At first it will just be a part-time/on-call position, at least until the Summer, so there will be plenty of time to do seamstress work for Red Velvet. I swear, those girls have a never ending supply of amazing dresses for me to play with work on. But, eventually? I might have actually found the career for me.

I now totally believe in 11:11.
And I am a happy, happy lady.


Unknown said...

Congratulations on getting your job!! It sounds awesome :) You've inspired me to return to my 11:11 wishes!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! Ax

Anonymous said...

congrats. hopefully sounds like everything came together for you. send some of that luck my way.


Carol Anne said...

Congratulations!! Glad you were able to find work doing something you like! And your interview outfit is cute!

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Oh that's fantastic! Congratulations!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Congrats! I unfortunately havent wished for anything... :(

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Lilla said...

That is lovely! Congratulations!
Oh, and who doesn't make wished at 11:11? I sure do. I even make wishes at 22:22, just in case :D
have a wonderful weekend!


Irina said...

Love the outfit :) And sounds like you found a perfect career! And glad Red Velvet girls are keeping you busy - I found your blog through the link on "A beautiful Mess"

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