It’s funny the metaphors you can find behind a child’s board game. After 8 years of a lot of professional setbacks and stagnation, I suddenly got to climb the longest ladder I’ve ever seen. I spent the last year as a contractor for a large corporation, with the hopes that I would be hired on full-time eventually. After 25 interviews and a lot of tears, they hired me! And not for just any job but a senior position! I’ve jumped from Marketing Coordinator to Sr. Communications Specialist overnight. I worked so hard for this role and it’s the perfect fit for my experience, skills, and what I enjoy doing.
I’m only one week in but I am loving it. It’s a lot to absorb and the hours are long and busy, but I am absolutely in heaven. I’m surrounded by a great time, I get exposure to leadership within the company, and I’m already being recognized for my work. I honestly can’t believe I get to do this every day now.
If that wasn’t enough, this new role came with incredible benefits and a 46% salary increase + bonus potential. I don’t think I’ll ever have that big of a jump in income for the rest of my life.
I haven’t seen my first paycheck yet but after some calculations, I can’t believe the numbers I’m looking at. I have already filled out my direct deposit forms to designate savings, HSA, and Roth 401K contributions and I have established a plan for extra debt payments. It might have arrived later in life than I would have hoped but at least I can start now.
I’ve been dreaming of this for years and I was never really sure it would happen. I started to wonder if I just wasn’t meant for more of a challenge or a higher income. I am so thankful for this opportunity and I am determined to make the most of it. I don’t take this extra income lightly and I will not be dramatically increasing my lifestyle until I get my finances under control.
I can’t wait to show some real progress, starting with the next paycheck!