Sometimes it takes years to find the gratitude for the silver lining. I graduated college and started working as a Medical Technologist in a hospital. I stayed home a few years when I had my kids and then found a part time job in a Physician Office Lab. I worked between 15-20 hours a week and loved my job. I was able to arrange my hours around my children and loved the small feel of an office over working in a hospital. Then came the 90’s and lots of changes in health care. Due to financial reasons the doctors I worked for decided to close their lab. I was out of work.
My Silver Lining
I found a job as a science aide in a school district and wasn’t happy about taking it. If I went back to working as a Med Tech in a hospital I’d be working weekends and nights. My children were still in middle school and I wanted see my son play football and take my daughter to dance classes. I figured I’d stay at this job until my kids were in college and then go back to working as a Med Tech.
My new job came with unexpected perks, a lot of time off. Because I was used to working 20 hours every week, I didn’t know what to do with these blocks of time. That first summer, I taught myself how to make soap. Never in a million years would I have guessed I’d be where I am today.
I still have that job as a science aide. I enjoy working with the teachers and getting them what they need. The students are fun as well, and I started an afternoon skin care class for elementary schools. I think it’s important to teach young girls to be beautiful on the inside by treating others and themselves with respect. While we talk, we make soap, lip balm or some other product. The girls seem to enjoy it.
I love soap making and I love my customers. My plan is to retire from my day job in 5 or 6 years. I’m sure I’ll miss it. I’m grateful for the job that gave me the opportunity to find what I love to do. As a result I have gratitude for the silver lining.
What are you grateful for this week? Where is your silver lining?
Yours in Gratitude,