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March 10, 2017

Lake Life Lately: I Have a New Job!


I never intended to become a professional blogger.  I started blogging as a hobby, while I was in grad school, because I wanted to connect with other people who had small budgets and big dreams for their homes.  I've always loved making and creating, and it was just so thrilling to be able to chat with others DIYers.  To my surprise, Dans le Townhouse grew and by the time the blog became Dans le Lakehouse, I was making a nice little income.  I filmed videos with Canadian Tire, saw my house pop up on sites like Elle Decor and Better Homes & Gardens, and even parlayed the blog into some exciting freelance work for various Canadian retailers.  Behind the scenes, even crazier opportunities presented themselves - it has been a wild ride!

But secretly, I was applying to other jobs.

My job search is such a long story - with so many crushing disappointments - but I don't know if it's really all that uncommon.  Lots of my friends, with various backgrounds/education, have struggled to find work.  I was lucky I had a back-up plan!  I decided to start growing the blog more purposefully (wishing I had laid the proper groundwork to run the blog like a business when I started) and things were chugging along.  Looking back, I'm especially grateful that I had a flexible job like blogging to fall back on because when some terrible things happened in my family, I was able to be there.

But I pined for a different kind of job.

Recently I took another stab at looking for a job but I took a wildly different approach with my job applications.  I threw out every single piece of advice I'd been given over the years (and I had been given a lot) and just wrote my cover letters from the heart, keeping them casual and upbeat.


Well, guess what?  I landed interviews for every job I applied to and was offered two competing offers within days of one another, for two excellent jobs broadly (sorta, kinda) in my field - if I can even say that I have "a field" (I have a PhD in Feminist and Gender Studies and an HBA and MA in Philosophy).

I chose the one with flexible hours and a chance for adventure.  Hubby works a really weird work shift and a 9-5 job would mean I'd rarely see him, so I pounced at the opportunity to work a job that has similarly odd hours.  I always worry about sharing too much on the blog, which is why I've kept details like Hubby's first name, our last name, his place of work, our location, etc., private.  I am probably overly cautious, but I hesitate to share too much about new job too, although I will say it's in education.  I am currently training and I start in earnest very soon.  There is a lot to learn and that's why I haven't been posting here with the same frequency as usual.  I'm cramming, haha! 

But I'm not leaving blogland!

The best thing about my new job is that I can keep blogging.  In fact, my new boss has encouraged it, which is amazing because Hubby and I have so many great projects lined up - plus I'm collaborating with some really great brands I've been wanting to work with for years.  With my focus shifted to my new job and new research, I'm actually feeling so much more inspired these days.  I think my brain needed a little bit of a challenge - and probably a change of scenery - to get those creative juices flowing again.  Ideas for posts and projects are just pouring out of me right now.

I wanted to share my news to explain my absence but also because I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads Dans le Lakehouse.  I never shared my employment struggles because I try not to let my problems seep into the blog.  There is an abundance of negativity in the world so the criteria for the blogs I read is simple: I like to be entertained, uplifted - and if I can learn something, that's a bonus!  I don't want to be mired in someone else's crazy drama, so I try not to foist mine on you.  But when I was feeling down, your kind comments and emails definitely propelled me forward, made me smile, and made me appreciate this job so much more. 

So I wanted to say thank you.  So much.  I think this year will be our best year yet!

P.S. The photos are from my home office makeover - if you missed it (and our DIY walnut waterfall desk) check out the before and after tour here.
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  1. that is so awesome, tanya! and i love that you broke the rules and it worked out for you!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! I definitely learned a great life lesson!

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  2. Ohhh that's so exciting! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I know all too well the struggle it is to find the job you love so I'm thrilled for you! And my selfish side is also thrilled that you'll continue to blog!!! Congratulations again! xo

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    1. Thanks so much Lidia. I'm so thrilled I can keep the blog too, I'm feeling so excited about the summer content already. Can't wait!

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  3. Congratulations Tanya! It's so hard out there nowadays, good for your for plugging on and eventually landing something. It sounds like you are very excited about this opportunity, all the best as you get started in your new career. Very glad you will keep on blogging though!

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    1. I felt comforted knowing a lot of people struggled with finding a job too. It made it seem not so dire, haha. I feel very lucky, overall.

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  4. Congratulations!!!! How exciting to be starting a new job and to be able to keep blogging. I would miss you if you stopped. I don't get personal on my blog either. Leave out the drama, I don't want to write about it.

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad to have such support for keeping the blog going. It's such a creative outlet for me, although it will take some time to find the right balance.

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  5. Congratulations Tanya! Best of luck in your new job. I am sure you will do great and will look forward to reading your posts (as usual) when the new ones come in :)

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    1. Thanks so much Elaine! I will try to get into a regular rhythm once I'm settled in the new job.

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  6. Congratulations, Tanya! (And if you're ever interested, we'd love to have you guest post about over at Hook & Eye, which is the Canadian feminist academic blog I co-run with a few colleagues). I know how hard post-PhD job hunting can be, and I've been so impressed and inspired by your creativity and openmindedness in creating a career that's right for you.

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    1. Hi Melissa, I'd be so honoured! Once I'm all settled in my new job I'd love to do it. Thanks so much for inviting me, and for your kind words :)

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  7. Congratulations on the new job!

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  8. Congratulations and continued success! So glad you'll still be blogging. Love your posts (especially those with your sweet pup. ☺️

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    1. Thank you! She'd love to know she'd be missed if I stopped blogging, haha. She's very sensitive:)

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  9. congratulations! glad you found something that will fit well for you and your husband.

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    1. Thanks Beth! I'm really glad I don't have to sacrifice time together too much. We always choose time over money, when we have that luxury.

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  10. Hi Tanya ! I'm happy for you :) It's nice to read you're enjoying a rich a varied life. I wish you the best ! Keep us posted :) Emma from Germany

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    1. Thanks Emma! I'm excited for some more variety to my days, that's a great way to phrase it!

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  11. Congratulations Tanya! That's fantastic!

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  12. Congratulations, Tanya! That's excellent. Best of luck in your new venture.

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  13. All the very best, Tanya - your new employer is lucky to have you.

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  14. Congratulations! You are going to be a wonderful ____! I admit I wondered if you had anything going on behind the scenes since you completed your PhD but also have been a reader for very long so I know how private you are. So happy for you! :)

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    1. Thanks Staci. I've had such an odd smattering of income streams. It's been fun but I'm happy for something more steady.

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  15. Best wishes for your next chapter. So happy to hear you you will still be blogging!

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    1. Thanks Heather, I'm so lucky to have such amazing and supportive readers!

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  16. Congratulations, and best wishes as you start on this new adventure...your new employer is so lucky to have someone who is a self starter, motivated, articulate and creative.

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    1. Kelly that's so kind of you to say, thank you :)

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  17. Congratulations Tanya very happy for you as you continue on your exciting journey.

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  18. Congratulations, Tanya, and thanks for sharing the news! So glad it worked out for you - and finding something related to your degrees is so difficult these days, so good on you for persevering.

    I just got a (very) temp job after a long time of moving/studying etc., and I think I can relate to how it feels :) All the best!

    Trupti

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    1. Thanks Trupti, I wanted to write about it because I knew others could relate. I'm happy to hear about your job! Congratulations to you as well!

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  19. Congratulations! That is such exciting news!

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  20. That's so exciting! Sometimes it just takes the right combination for things to start falling into place and I've noticed, in my life, that one of the things pretty crucial to that combo is positivity - even in the face of hard times. I love that you threw out all the job application "rules" and just went with what you felt in your heart. And it worked! What does that tell you about what people are craving these days... honesty, personality and, of course, a positive outlook!

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    1. Hi Larissa, I definitely agree about the role positivity plays in success and happiness! I think it comes through in ways we don't realize.

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  21. Congratulations! I am in education too and at the same time try to make things and that's really great!You will see you will accomplish even more things now!AriadnefromGreece!

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    1. Thanks Adriadne, we have so much in common! Maybe one day if Hubby and I go back to Greece (I want to because we honeymooned there - so maybe for our 10th year anniversary?) we can meet up. I think we would have so much to talk about :)

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  22. Oh great news. Congratulations! I love your blog so I'm glad you're not giving it up. You've had so many wonderful and doable ideas. Keep them coming and perhaps over time you'll share details of your new job.

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    1. Thanks Ann! I really appreciate you saying that. I think I will probably loosen up and share more once I'm comfortable in my job and can figure out what details won't be too revealing. I just try to be careful because I never know who is reading! I always think it's just people I've connected with through the blog, but the folks who comment and chat with me are such a tiny percentage that I have to remember there are other people reading too. Such an odd thing, blogging.

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    2. It's better to safe than constantly worry that you've said too much. I certainly don't have the following that you do but I try not to give too much away in teems of pictures etc.

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