Regardless of where you’re at in life, the grass always seems to be greener on the other side. For me, this has always been the case when it comes to my career.
When I was working in the corporate world, I dreamed of what life would be like to work remotely. I thought working from home would be the answer – the way to achieve the work-life balance that most desire.
I left my office job to work from home in October of 2012. It was a huge decision, but one that I will never regret. I’ve been able to spend more time with my children, write more, travel more, and choose my own hours. I’ve saved money on childcare costs, and have built a business that combines my love for helping people with my strong marketing background and creative writing skills.
But while I love what I do, every so often, an apple is dangled in front of me, and I’m tempted once more.
Recently, I was contacted by a recruiter about a role that, coincidently, had caught my eye a few days earlier. The role sounded like the perfect fit for me. Tempted by the opportunity to advance my career, earn significantly more money, and work in an industry that I have been passionate about for quite some time, I agreed to an interview.
As I learned more about the opportunity, the temptation grew stronger.
Remember the 1994 movie Reality Bites (starring Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke)? Well as I considered the job, this song from the movie’s soundtrack wouldn’t stop playing in my head.
Tempted by the fruit of another…
I know the song is about cheating on someone, but by agreeing to an interview for a corporate in-office job, I felt like I was cheating on myself a bit.
And for a moment, I seriously considered it.
The interview went really well. I enjoyed it! I felt confident in my abilities and knew that I would rock the role if I were chosen.
But something didn’t feel right.
Tempted but the truth is discovered…
From the moment I sat down in the office for the interview, to the moment I shook the interviewer’s hand and said my farewell, I didn’t feel the butterflies. I wasn’t nervous – at all.
For me, considering a new job is like going on a first date. With the prospect of a new job comes certain thought processes – similar to the thoughts that come to mind as you go on a first date. In both instances, you wonder if you’re making the right choice. Will this one be the right fit for me? Will our values align? Do I see a future together? Is there a spark?
I quickly realized that there just wasn’t that “spark”, and with an “it’s not you, it’s me” -type response, I politely declined the offer to move forward.
I love my clients. I love the writing that I do, and I love the opportunities that continue to present themselves to me. I’m happy where I am, and am so happy with my decision to continue down the path that I’ve chosen for myself.
Sometimes it takes temptation to realize how much you appreciate what you have. It’s time to water my grass and recognize just how green it is.