When One Door Closes…

So, I did a thing.

Earlier this year, I was presented with a job opportunity in a communications department at a prestigious Chicago hospital. It was a full-time role—mostly hybrid—doing the kind of writing I’ve been doing for the last 15 years. With only Jimmy home and him getting his driver’s license next month, I thought…what the heck? Why not go for this? It’s a chance to contribute financially to my family while doing really meaningful work.

After a month of interviews and writing assignments, I found out last Friday that they decided to go with someone else. I didn’t get the job. But rather than feeling rejected, I’m really proud of how I went about this whole process.

When I was interviewing for jobs in my 20s, I felt like I had to contort myself into what the employer was looking for, always crossing my fingers that we would both be happy with the end result. But now interviewing for a job in my 50s, I was completely confident in putting all of my cards on the table. I wanted them to know exactly who they were talking to and what I was offering. When I didn’t get the offer last week, I knew I wasn’t the right fit—that this door had to close for another to open. I’m meant for something else. I find great peace in that.

I only share this humbling moment because it felt great to put myself out there. And truthfully, the only thing I was nervous about was how I would survive in an office where the dress code is no denim! 😳 I know I have so many friends that are staring at the reality of an empty house and a whole lot of “what’s next” thoughts. I’m here to say that we’re not too old and we have a whole lot left to offer—we just have to find the right thing. And you know what? We’re not going to unless we take a few chances. Let’s take those chances! 💪🏻❤️


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My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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