Slate posted a very pro-IUD article. Average Joe white bro, being the expert on all things women, is deeply concerned and has important, well-cited things to say. And well, you know me…
I feel way more specific than I’ve previously felt about what I want to be doing next, for whom, and how.
I only recently learned about elevator pitches — on the product side — and in doing so saw how it can apply to anything, like getting specific and focused on my own motivations, strengths and struggles.
The exercise of pinpointing these things has made this round of job searching painful in a new way. I’m noticing there’s a “pick two” theme and the choices are 1. respectable income & benefits, 2. long-term, and 3. exciting to wake up for / easy to sleep at night (which means it fulfills what I want to be doing and for what kind of organization).
My three strongest leads right now are each one of the three unique “pick two” combinations and it hurts.
And then every time I see a job description that is screaming at me it’s for a fortune 100-500 and… no, thanks.
I’m only beginning, and I’m already bummed (residual from my job ending on Friday when that was not the plan or goal or what won me over at interview time) but I’ll be damned if I’m returning to stay-home parent work after only (an on/off/on intense, emotional, sacrifice-y, hectic, challenging, painful, lonely, and cognitive process-heavy) six months back into the swing of things. I entered the clearing after the hardest part only to find I’m starting over from scratch when I wasn’t expecting it.
With hindsight, “rewarding” will mostly overshadow that story. At present, I’m managing a few layers of compounding and temporary disappointments.