In this blogpost, I want to give you an update on my job situation.
I have been feeling super overwhelmed with how many good and crazy things are happening in my life at the current moment. Never in a million years did I imagine I would be dancing professionally while cleaning houses for my private clients who happen to be high in society status and assisting people I don't qualify to assist.
People say to count your blessings. One day they'll outnumber your worries.
At the moment, I can say that this is a true fact for me. Yes, worries come and go, but for the first time in my entire life, I feel as though I want for nothing. I am content with the present and hopeful for the future. I am taken care of and well received among a crowd I am proud to run with. Those I am not received by, well, I don't need them and clearly, they don't need me.
Ever since I let go of putting unnecessary pressure on myself, I have felt happier, content, and more at peace than I ever have before. Thinking about the current milestones I'm hitting in my life right now is just insane to me, and I think to myself, "What the heck happened?"
Four months ago, I had been scammed out of a job and was hit financially. I was also in a car accident, my heart was hurting due to a romance that broke apart, and I was having an emotionally and mentally difficult time, as one would. I was so stressed to the point I'd gotten sick, throwing up, sore throat, cold sores, and losing sleep. I had just moved away from home and had no idea what I was going to do.
If you told me then what & where I'd be right now, I would laugh in your face and probably tell you to let the door hit you on the way out.
I got some help from a therapist, found a job with a cleaning service company and connected with my boss. He is kind, good, and has been extremely helpful to me. He gave me work, helped me out when I needed it, and has been so giving to me. I met some amazing people in the process and cleaned houses for an A-lister in the Arts & Entertainment industry.
A couple months later, a friend of mine asked me if I'd be willing to clean a particular apartment for a couple of family members, and because I was friends with this wonderful couple (who also work in the arts as an actress), I said yes. Not only that, I need the extra money.
In cleaning for this couple, I became a walking advertisement, carrying my mop, broom, bucket of products, and a vacuum. Many people were shocked I was a genuine housekeeper, because on the particular day I started I was done up to the max, since I had a company photoshoot that day. A couple of people approached me and asked for my business card. Thankfully, I had some printed a long time ago, when I first started Ellie Rose Services. He called me that same day and we had a consultation. Turns out he was the president for a commercial & urban development consulting & permit expediting company.
Originally, he hired me to clean his apartment & cook his meals, which was in the same building. For a few weeks, that was my Tuesdays. Going to work at 7am and leaving around 4pm. In the middle of this, I became a substitute ballet teacher at Media City Dance (Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre) and an assistant for Natasha Middleton. Then, after a few weeks passed, he finally acted on the promise he made me, which was that he wanted to hire me to help him with his bookkeeping. His assistant had just moved out-of-state, and he was in search for another one.
A couple weeks later I found myself in a meeting room with him and many other successful men and women in real estate, management & casting companies, and even people in the industry as actors, sports coaches & players, & more. Having conversation with some of these people was kind of insane, and my brain in the moment could only compute having a conversation with normal human beings.
But in society, these people are far from "normal," in social status, in profession, etc.
Eight hours later, I'd impressed my client to the point he told me how much he needed me for his sanity and for his business and addressed me as his executive assistant. The coolest part about it is that I have cultivated a relationship with him as a client, but also as a friend. He's wonderful to work with, and the next meeting we had, he took me around DTLA and taught me how to write contracts & close deals, expedite permits, get plans checked and approved, going through project records, and I even sat in a meeting between him and a client. In one day, I had a crash course in urban and commercial development & permit expediting.
It is easily one of the most insane days I've had in my life.
I told my parents later, "I have no idea how in the heck I am going to be able to retain all of this information." My parents reminded me that it is Holy Spirit and I partnering together, and that I am never alone. I saw the fruit of that incredibly quickly. A few days after my crash course, I was back in the office with my new boss and we worked on a new website & invoicing clients.
The amazing thing about this entire story is that only God could have made this happen. I'm not qualified, I have no degree, I didn't even know this realm existed until a week ago. I got a crash course in what most people go to school for in a quarter or more of their curriculum. I'm learning from someone who is so humble, so brilliant, and so successful. I'm learning from a man who has been in business for 20+ years.
It is amazing, truly, how this has happened and when I go to bed at night, I'm on such a crazy weird high between a panicking "oh my god," a ongoing thread of ideas and thoughts, and a peaceful "thank you God." It's the weirdest feeling and I can't describe it. But all I can say is my God, He's so big. And it's true what His word says, that the counterfeit will often come before the real thing.
I'm going to be honest, I'm really proud of myself, and here's why. After the scam, and you can ask my family and friends around me, I was devastated. I was so depressed, and honestly, if I didn't have the dance company and required attendance for rehearsals, I probably would have quit everything. I would have said "Dance is not what I'm meant to do." I would have said "I am not doing this anymore." I was in a very bad place. I was about to give up for good.
And oddly enough, I somehow ended up yelling at God about how angry I was, and Him being a good God, He surrounded me with His presence and told me to get up, but this time to take his lead. This was when I left everything behind: my five year plan, my ideas, my agendas, and my wishes, I cast at His feet. It was the only choice I had left. And in what felt like an instant, everything changed.
That's the power of God, and that's the power of God manifesting in my life right now. I can't imagine where I'd be if I gave up when I thought I was going to. If you told me that I was going to be the executive assistant for a successful business man in a world I knew absolutely nothing about, I would've said you are crazy. But look, four months older, and I've already grown in an incredibly short time.
Hopefully I won't have to go through that particular test again. But even if I do, who cares, because I will have God on my side. Oh, and by the way, you have Him on your side too- all you need to do is say yes to Him.
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