The Wanted Section

So then, just like that (*snaps*), I get a job. Of course I just blogged about the difficulty of the thing. It’s like looking for the TV remote control for five minutes and then as soon as you ask if anyone’s seen it, you’re staring at it.

I am 100% excited about this new path in my life. It took me a long time to find a job in Ann Arbor where I was respected, felt comfortable, and liked the work. Since day one  at my current Michigan job, I’ve appreciated working with creative, kind, intelligent, hard-working women. Leaving the job is going to be hard because of it. I’ve never had a job before that I was sad to leave behind. It made interviewing even more difficult. My motivations weren’t that of someone whose boss is mistreating her. I had high expectations for finding a place where the people have similar values to the ladies I currently work with. And I think I found it. (I was beginning to fear that I wouldn’t. I know what I have is rare.) There’s an honesty and comfortableness at the new gig, maybe because it’s not simply a business, but a home. There’s even a dog. And a cat.

And scrabble.

It’s fancy-pants, though, too. It’s so swanky, I’m not called a receptionist. I’m a concierge. I’m probably going to need some new clothes. (what a pity.) But mostly what I’m excited about is the kindness. That’s what I want to be a part of.

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

4 thoughts on “The Wanted Section

  1. Congrats!. I’m so happy for you, though I’m missing you already. It’s so important to have a job you like since we spend so much time there. I’m grateful that for the most part I really like my job and what I do–helping people. Let’s plan to talk in a couple of weeks once you get settled. The Internet isn’t the same as a live voice. Hope you have other good news soon too.

  2. Congrats Jody! You may even get material for a future book from this, who knows 🙂 . Now you can enjoy your move with one less thing (finding a job) to worry about!

  3. O JODY!
    I’m so excited and happy for you!
    You are the perfect person for this job, I assume and i do hope you make many good friends, just like you have in previous jobs!
    I can’t wait to hear more!
    when do you start?

    I’m missing you RIGHT NOW!!!!


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