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Big Accomplishment Friday – May 22, 2015

I love taking pictures of trees <3

I love taking pictures of trees <3

OMG you guys!!! It’s almost time for a loooooooong weekend! Who has two thumbs and is ready for the weekend??

 

This girl!!

 

For those of us in America, if you get a chance this Memorial Day weekend, thank a soldier or the family member of a soldier for their service to our country, and take a moment to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our country. If you want to do more, consider supporting a veterans organization.

One organization I personally support, both financially and in person, is Team RWB. They do great work empowering servicemen and women, and helping them form meaningful relationships with the civilian population through physical, social, and volunteering events. Did you catch the ‘civilian’ part? They WANT everyday people like you and me to be involved personally. Team RWB does great work, and if you’re at all interested, you should really check them out (and FYI, nobody asked me to make that pitch – this is just an organization I truly, whole-heartedly believe in).

Ok – let me get off my soapbox now.

Can I talk about some other HUGE accomplishment Friday news?

It’s not about me – it’s about my husband – Mr. SciGuy. SciGuy has a degree in mechanical engineering and has worked in the auto industry for pretty much his whole career. The auto industry pays pretty good money, and Mr. SciGuy’s salary was able to cover the bills while I went through grad school and started my own career.

BUT – Mr. SciGuy wasn’t really satisfied with his career – he had a good job, but he wanted his dream job. He wanted to find something that left him more personally satisfied, but he had to balance that with the need to take care of the family while I finished school and started my career. I can’t say enough how lucky I am to have someone willing to make that sacrifice while I pursued my dream career.

Once my career began to stabilize, SciGuy started thinking about what he wanted to do in his career. He wanted a job where he could have positive interactions with people on a daily basis, and where he can make a meaningful positive impact in people’s lives (that’s pretty much a dream job for everyone, right?). After a lot of thinking and research and discussion, he decided he wanted to make the switch to the finance industry and become a financial advisor with Edward Jones. I couldn’t be happier with his decision.

The interview process was no joke – Edward Jones is consistently rated as one of the top companies to work for in America, and they only hire the very best. I’m proud to say Mr. SciGuy is pretty much THE best (obviously – I married him, right?!? LOL). After weeks (literally!!) of interviewing, SciGuy was officially hired, and is now well on his way through the training process to become a financial planner.

This will be a big adjustment to both of us as he switches industries completely and transitions to a different daily routine, but I am thrilled that he is taking time for himself to pursue his dreams. So this week, the credit, accomplishment, and recognition goes to him. I am so, so proud of SciGuy, and I look forward to his success in his new career.

 

–the STEMinista

 

P.S. I can’t have accomplishment Friday without recognizing all of you, too! The support I’ve gotten on Twitter and Facebook this week is wonderful, empowering, and uplifting. Thanks to all of you who have followed and liked me, and an even bigger thanks to those who have shared my pages/posts, left comments, and just been generally awesome. We have big accomplishments ahead of us, my friends! Tell me about what kind of accomplishments you had this week!

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