Every now and then, in our travels, we cross path with people purely by chance in following a spontenous whim. My husband and I have been camping for the past few days at Shakamak State Park in Jasonville, Indiana, enjoying some peace and quiet on the weeknights of the Fall season when children are in school. This afternoon, my husband sponteneously took me to Boot City in the nearby city of Tere Haute to get me a pair of boots, because he said I needed a pair to go with my cowgirl hats. And as I often do on such a trip, being in the car and needing snacks to stay awake, I developed a craving for Asian snacks. So, we asked Google for the nearest Asian grocery store from our location, and that’s how we found Asian Market in Tere Haute and met Mrs. Ly (pronounced “Lee”).
Mr. and and Mrs. Ly have opened up this small Asian food market “to have something to keep busy” after raising 4 kids. On one weeknight every 2 weeks, after the store closes, she teaches a cooking class on the 2nd floor above the store. I had so much fun chatting with her, sharing about our families and comparing life as Asians in Los Angeles vs Tere Haute, I could have stayed there for hours. When it was time to leave, I had to get a few pictures with her. And along with the snacks, I also bought her cookbook and had her sign it. I can’t wait to add the dishes in her cookbook to my family meal repertoire, and on my next trip out this way, I think it will be fun to fit her cooking class into the itinerary.
So next time you have a craving on your travels, follow it. You just might meet someone as delightful as my Mrs. Ly.
Time sure does fly! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year and a half since I wrote a post in this blog, and boy, do I have a lot to update my readers!
I last left you with the news of embarking on a new career in IT industry, sharing with you all the challenges of doing so at my age, and with no field experience in the business world for the past 25 years while I was raising my children and being self-employed. Well, it has been an interesting road for the past year and a half. It took me about 6 months of going through interviews only to be told that while my list of skills was impressive, I didn’t make the cut because I lacked recent experience, before landing my first job with a small IT services company. Yes, first, because it didn’t work out. It turned out to be a very bad situation that I will save for possibly another blog. I got fired after less than 3 months because I dared to push back and drew a boundary for how much abuse I would take. I suppose having been independent for so long, I just didn’t have it in me to just lie down and let people walk all over me. Anyhow, after crying a lot, I moved on.
I spent about 3 months just healing emotionally and nearly giving up on working in the IT industry, but with the support of my husband and a network of friends, I found the strength and determination to try again. Through a lot of coincidences that I believe were orchestrated by God, I saw an ad on Craigslist for a part-time tech at DataSmith Technologies. The position was for a postal meter repair tech, but I figured it’s not a bad place to start, so I answered the ad. I got a call back in about 15 minutes, and after a phone interview of about 30 minutes, was hired on the spot. Long story short, this turned out to be the perfect opportunity I’d been looking for. I now have a terrific boss who recognizes the value of my experiences raising my kids, running a large household, and managing myself. In a few weeks after I started working for DataSmith Technologies, I was given other tasks to do besides repairing postal meters, and in less than 3 months, was promoted to the position of Vice President of this small IT services company and given the freedom to learn and grow as much as I want to. I’m treated more like a business partner than a mere employee. I couldn’t have asked for a better boss or work environment. Comparing the previous job and this job, it’s like hell vs heaven!
So there you have it, a summary of my one-and-a-half-year-long journey back into the business world after being a stay-at-home mom and homeschooling for 25 years. All I can say to anyone reading this is: Never give up on your dreams. If you’re looking for a job, I want to encourage you to always believe in yourself no matter how much the world rejects you and tells you that you’re not good enough. Somewhere out there is the person or company who will value the very things about you that others cannot see or find objectionable. Keep searching for that!
Well, I finally took the plunge and started a blog. Not sure what exactly I’ll be writing here yet, but as my family and friends would attest, I seem to always have something to say (to put it nicely). Just ask my husband, Paul. Bless his heart, he’s always patiently listening to me processing my thoughts out loud. He’s been journeying with me for over a quarter of a century now, being my best friend and confidant. I’m very thankful that God has blessed me with such a man. Having him to confide in has really helped me keep things in perspective; God’s perspective, that is. Part of the reason I’m starting this blog is out of kindness to my husband. He’s got a lot on his shoulder, being the leader of this clan of 8. I think he would appreciate some peace and quiet as I process some of my thoughts through writing on this blog, especially at 3:30 AM. (You’re welcomed, Paul.)
I must admit it’s a bit scary to be writing things down like this, knowing how my opinions and thoughts, particularly about God and His love for us, have changed so much over time. Friends have told me for years that I should write a book, but I’m not sure if I’d like to have my thoughts frozen in time for all the world to see when I may not even think that way anymore years later. I mean, just thinking about some of the beliefs I held, how I had dealt with some situations, and things I had said in the past, can make me cringe sometimes. But at least for now they’re just thoughts in my head. If I start to write things down, it will be recorded for all to see. What a scary thought! No wonder it took me so long to start a blog! LOL! And so I ask you, my reader, to keep in mind as you read my blog that I am a growing (and hopefully maturing) person, and that each blog I write here is like a photograph of me in one moment in time, and not necessary the full essense of who I am all the time; that to get a true sense of who I am, you’d need to travel with me (via this blog or in real life) over a period of time.
So then, if you want to journey with me a while, welcome to my blog!