I’m reconfirming my choice to stay at home. Here’s how it all went down:
Mid-December, I got an email from a company:
“Dear Jayme…in looking at your profile on LinkedIn, you seem really cool with mad skillz that we’d like to have at our company. Do we have what it takes to make you look at us?”
“Dear company…you seem cool. I’ve heard good things about you. And you’re right – I am awesomeness. The total package. But I love my life and would only want to work part-time. Thanks for thinking of me.”
“Hey, part-time could work. We’d do whatever it takes to make you love us. Come on in.”
So I did. Did an interview. They loved me. A couple of weeks later, they asked for another interview, with the owners of the company (it’s a small company). So I went. It went down like this:
Them: “Hey Jayme…you ARE awesome. We could totally make part-time work. But I don’t think you’d accept the position that we had posted, amiright?”
Me: “Yeah, you’re right. You’re a great company. It’s a good position. It’s just not where I want to go.”
Them: “We have many needs. Would you rather do position A? Or position B? Or position C? How about we set you up with an interview of some others that work here so you can see how cool we really are?”
Me: “Okay, those jobs sound cool.”
Them: “By the way, how much are you looking to make?”
Me: [tells them what I used to make, clarifying that I had been full-time]
Them: “Great. Well, expect an email from us!”
The next day I thought more about it. It IS a great company. The potential positions seemed good. The timing for my family was just horrible. I just wasn’t excited. Don’t get me wrong: I was excited about being wanted. About being told that I got skillz. That’s really nice. But, I decided that, if offered, the soonest I’d start would be June. I wasn’t out looking. I don’t need to work. I had been hoping that I wouldn’t really like the position or the pay (so that it’d be an easy decision). Jeff was supportive of it, but wasn’t excited about it. The timing was horrible.
But instead of the email for another interview, I got a “Thanks, but no thanks” email. It flabbergasted me. I imagine it was about money since things were good until then. But who knows? Maybe I’m bad at reading people.
Either way, it was a RELIEF. I was relieved that I didn’t have to make a Yes/No decision. I don’t know that I’ll be a Stay At Home Mom forever, but, at least for now, it’s what I want.
Lesson learned. Decision reconfirmed.