Based in Frederick, Maryland, Digital Ink & Parchment is a blog by Alexandria Pallat. Her posts explore the integration of faith in every day life.

A Career

A Career

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Have you ever felt like you'd never move past the "job" phase? That you could never call what you do, or what you want to do, a career? On Friday, I had my 90 day review for my job, and it was good. I came out of it feeling valued and proud of myself and with a desire to keep pushing and working hard. And I realized--I have a career.

After the struggle I faced post-graduation and last year, I never thought I would be able to say that. I always called what I did a "job," and now I can transition that language. I am a writer, a blogger, an editor. This is what I've always wanted to do. My husband used to tell me "if you want to write, we can find a way to make it work." I finally found a way.

I'm not anxious at this place. I don't feel like if I don't answer emails on my days off, the world will end or I'll get yelled at. I don't walk into work dreading the interactions I may have that day. I don't dread the people or the work itself. That doesn't mean I'm not tired after working all day, because I am. That's part of working. But I'm proud that I'm tired by the end of the day. I feel like I've earned that exhaustion. And I really needed that feeling.

This job, actually beginning my career, has showed me the things I needed to see. I can see why my husband was always exhausted coming home from work. I can see why no one wants to go out after work, even if you are in an office all day. I can also see why it can be tiring to come home and make a meal, even if it's just you and the animals. Having never experienced those things before, I didn't know what they were like, so my reactions and my attitude were off. Now that I know, I feel better prepared.

So, today, I am thankful for my career. I am thankful I had the opportunity to truly begin it. I am thankful I found my calling. I am thankful I have a good work environment. I am thankful God granted me this opportunity. And I am thankful He used this opportunity to show me how to be better and to provide me the proverbial tools I need.

I want to encourage you to be thankful for your job. No matter what it is to you right now--whether it's "just a job" or a career--God is using it in your life. If you don't think He is, I challenge you to think about what your job has taught you. How has it changed you? What have you learned? Because every experience teaches us something.

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