One of the Hardest Letters I’ve Ever Written

It was just 4 months ago that Casey and I began discussing what we would do about my job once we have kids. Living off of a teacher’s salary alone was not an option, but that didn’t matter because I was planning on being a full-time, working mother. It was just a couple weeks later that God really began to change my heart about my career. It became clear to us that once we have kids, we want me to be working from home. We initially put it off as something to think about for the future, but God had other plans. After a lot of long nights, planning and prayer, it became clear that now was the time to make this HUGE transition, and Casey and I are FINALLY at complete peace about our decision.

I turned in my resignation letter on Monday. It was one of the hardest letters I’ve ever had to write. I have loved working at Vanderbilt over the last 5 years and truly enjoy what I do and the people there, but I’m confident that God has more for me.

What will I be doing, you ask? I’ll do what I’m passionate about – help people and companies learn how to utilize online marketing and social media effectively. But most importantly, I’ll spend time with Jesus, invest in my marriage, serve God’s people and leave room in my schedule for God to move me.

I think I’m going to have to write 2 more posts on this subject. One about how amazing Casey has been through this whole process and another about how God has blatantly answered my prayers and provided.

In the meantime, I could use some prayer.

Please pray that…
My transition from Vanderbilt is smooth.
God will bring the right clients my way.
Casey and I will make time for quality time during this busy transition period.

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  • Sara Beth

    I think that you will be so good at the social media consulting! I will be praying for you during this time of transition.. Let me know if there is anything I can do.

    • Shana

      Thanks, Sara Beth! Your confidence in me really means a lot!

  • taylor

    you are so brave and i am so proud of you!

    • Shana

      Yay! Thanks, Taylor! Brave? Nah. But I am SUPER excited!

  • Brett Kling

    Im glad you are happy with your decision. If you know of any open positions that I may be good at let me know. I am also in transition at the moment. I enjoyed working with you on social media webinar.

    • Shana

      Brett! Thanks for stopping by. That social media webinar was fun! I’ll keep me eyes and ears open for a good training or IT position. I’m confident something will come along that’s a perfect fit!

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  • Jennifer Larson

    Shana, I know exactly how you must be feeling. Giving up my full time job in communications when my elder son was born in 2006 was one of the hardest decisions I ever made. But it was 100 percent the right decision. I’ve been freelancing ever since, as you of course know, having worked with me! Please get in touch with me if you’d like to talk about your journey or if you want any insight from mine.

    • Shana

      Jennifer – You definitely made the right decision! You are an amazing writer! I’d definitely love to get together once I’m out the Vanderbilt door and things slow down. I’ll be in touch!

  • Viviene @ thejourneyofawoman

    As long as you are following God’s call, you are on the right track! =)