When the Universe knocks at your door, answer it. Open that door up, let the sunshine pour in and just go. If the opportunity feels right and you sense a good thing coming, jump on it, go for it, and run toward it. I recently found myself with an opportunity at hand, a new job prospect. I wasn’t looking for a job. I wasn’t seeking this, it sort of fell into my range of sight.
I was on a friend’s Facebook page and I came upon a job advertisement. I read it and it sounded intriguing but I wasn’t looking for a job yet so I read it and left it to think about. I had posted a response about how the job sounded intriguing and that I might be a good fit. A few hours later I went back to it and there was a post from the person hiring. Long story short, we began a conversation via messages back and forth and I was booked for a job interview. I hadn’t officially applied it sort of just happened. This was on March 15th and we met for the interview on March 26th.
Walking in, I was nervous. I was nervous because the last job I officially had been in 2011 at the kid’s school. The last more professional job I held was before I had kids. I worked in an office as an administrative assistant for a dean at the college I had graduated from. I revised my resume and figured what the heck? I knew I had the skill set for the job and I knew I had the abilities but would it be a good fit. In about 10 seconds after the initial introductions I felt at ease and the conversation flowed and the opportunity presented itself to be a real amazing one and I jumped at the chance.
I have always been an avid researcher. I began my “research career” unintentionally. I knew my husband had a genetic seizure disorder and I wanted to be fully educated on the topic before we had kids so when I got pregnant with our first child, I began to study up on it. I found out quickly that there was not a lot of information readily available. I checked out a variety of websites and began to dig into the medical websites and texts. I found out what caused the disorder, who would get it, and what the genes were. I was able to present that to our OB/GYN and provide some basic information for him. It proved to be very useful for the doctors to learn about it before he was born so they could be prepared. It helped us prepare.
Since then I continued the research on the familial neonatal seizure disorder and after our 3rd child was born was able to work closely with our neurologist and not put our 3rd child on any medication for the disorder. Instead we tried alternative treatments and it worked. I began to realize that I had a skill set that could prove useful in the workforce but alas three kids under age 3 and it wasn’t in the cards at the time.
My friends learned about my skills, so in my spare time I would do research for them. It usually was some sort of medical issue. Food allergies, skin conditions, elderly care issues, I researched them all and I provided good documented results. I began to toy with the idea of making a website. My husband bought the url- allieknows.com and it was awesome but it didn’t pan out. It was a great concept- taking questions, providing answers and more but it wasn’t a money-maker and I really didn’t have the time with 3 kids under age 7 in the mix.
I put my research skills on the back burner and I began to work at the kid’s school in 2011. It was a fun job. I was a one-to-one para professional for a student who only spoke Mandarin. I was able to learn some Mandarin and help him acclimate to an American school as well as teach him his 1st grade lesson plan. It was an enriching experience. In 2012, our youngest experienced an allergic reaction to mold found within the school building, and we began homeschooling all 3 kids in the fall of 2012. I taught them, found resources for them and provided all sorts of cool things for them to do to provide educational opportunities. This journey ended in August 2017 when they decided to all return to public school.
Now that a gap was left in my day- I began to ponder what to do with my time. Get a job? Clean the house? Visit with friends? Do genealogy research on the family? What should I do? And so last month I asked the Universe “If there is something out there for me to do, can you give me a nudge?” Well dang if the Universe didn’t answer and help me along. I am excited to start this new venture and utilize my research skills.
I am the new, Research Assistant at the WWII Research and Writing Center. I am positively honored to be in a position to walk the footsteps of the American Soldiers I have been tasked to research. I am in awe of all the data available to interpret and I look forward to new challenges and to utilize the skill set I inherently have.
So when the Universe knocks at your door, open it, as you never know what opportunity will arise and how your life can change in an instant.