5 Things You Should Know Before Changing Careers

5 Things You Should Know Before Changing Careers

by Vivian Knox, Always Working Mom Podcast, Written for Working Momkind

My first job out of college was working as the Front Office Attendant for a Baseball Training facility in an affluent suburb of Dallas, Texas. The Baseball Training facility was owned by a former MLB player, Scott Livingstone, and was a facility for local baseball hopefuls and current MLB players. At the time, all I knew about baseball was: the Astros were the only team name I knew, Brad Ausmus was the cutest player, and The Sandlot was probably based on a true story. 

My job responsibilities were mostly administrative and we were incentivized to sell special training camp programs. One evening, we had a local kid team rent our facility for a private practice session during a time when I was trying to sell Spring Break Baseball Camp reservations. My goal was to sell the remaining camp spots by the end of the night, and my execution was to pitch the camp spots to every parent and student. Boy did I execute my plan, and was completely bewildered when the Baseball Trainers and Scott came to my desk hysterical in laughter after my sales pitch to one of the dads. In between gasps for air, my coworkers informed me I had just tried to sell Kenny Rogers a camp reservation. In return, I quickly informed my coworkers the dad I had spoken with was in fact not the “old country dude that sings about poker”. After what felt like hours of laughter, Scott educated me on baseball history, Kenny Rogers the MLB pitcher (not country singer), and the statistical improbability of pitching a perfect game which Kenny had accomplished as a Texas Rangers. 

My blunder with Kenny was just one of many comical errors made while working in baseball, but it was a significant career moment. I learned courage. Courage to go for it. Courage to learn from and laugh at mistakes. Courage to admit I don’t know everything, and surround myself with people to help. 

Many years later, I quit my job of 10 years in medical management to become a small business owner of a balloon bar. What?! Yes, I own a balloon decorating business and there are 5 things you should know before changing careers.

  1. Your “Why”? I’m tired of this phrase, but it’s a fundamental question when entertaining thoughts of career change. 
    1. What are your values? For me, a healthy work environment is extremely important. You need to ask yourself what a healthy work environment (for you) looks like? What environment or in what team do you thrive in? Also, be realistic. The stuff of fairy tales and movies don’t exist. Healthy work environments exist, and if you’re not in one, GET OUT NOW.   
    2. What are your needs? For me, I needed a flexible work schedule to allow me to take my son to doctor appointments or to be able to volunteer at his school during special occasions without the usage of PTO. What do you need? More money? Benefits? Schedule needs?
    3. What are your skills? For me, my role in medical management constantly was changing and therefore my top skills were adaptable and capable of learning new skills. Really reflect on this one and list each of them out. This will help determine where to make a change to or if the new career fits your current skills.
    4. What are you passionate about? What are your burdens? I started my small business to give myself a flexible work schedule, create a healthy work environment, and to freelance my marketing and business development skills. The Balloon Bar, Joyza, was born from a micro-skill in marketing, and from a deep burden to help other mothers find jobs with a “flex-time” schedule. 
  2. Research. I jokingly tell people I have a Phd in Google, and you need one too. Find out what other careers are out there. What careers match your values, needs, and skills? 
  3. There is never a good time. I wish I would have made a career change sooner, and knowing what I know now, there is never a good time for a career change. Don’t wait for the “perfect” time. Honestly, I think now during this pandemic time is the best. 
  4. Let go of self-doubt. Sing the Elsa song. Cut out the naysayers. Do whatever you need to do to stop self-doubt. You need to up your mental strength and take it to the gym. You need COURAGE. 
  5. Commitment. It’s going to get tough, and you need to have a plan on how to stay in the commitment-game when it does. Once you make the decision to change careers, stick with it! My friend, Allison Ellsworth, co-founder of Poppi and Shark Tank deal earner, told me to surround myself with people who support me, to list them, and they will be my circle of people when the going gets tough. My circle has helped me to figure out things I don’t know, and have been my cheerleaders helping me stay in the game. 

Career change is hard and it takes courage, but it’s worth it! Do a deep dive into “your why” and research, and the rest is mental endurance. As the other Kenny Rogers says, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away, And know when to run”. I’m rooting for you if you’re ready to run. Have courage, my friend!

Vivian Knox, Chief Balloon Inflator at Joyza

Small business owner, Writer, Speaker, Podcast host, Joy expert, and encouraging mothers to believe all moms work hard

DOG Movie and Giveaway

DOG Movie and Giveaway

Raise your hand if you are a dog person? I just put both my hands up, lol. Our family has two rescue dogs, and my kids keep asking for more. Moana, the all white dog, is the perfect dog. She’s a little bossy and sheds way too much, but otherwise she is PERFECTION. We adopted Moana from a rescue organization when she was 8 weeks old, and I can’t image life without her. Mickey Mouse is a rescue dog too, but his story is a little different. We adopted him when he was 2 years old, and I can tell why a full blooded silky yorkie was abandoned…we should have named him Donald Duck. He’s a grouchy old man, but still we love him.

Have you seen previews for the new movie, Dog, that is being released soon? Eekk, we can’t wait. In celebration of the release of Dog, my friends at MGM Studios and Grace Hill Media are giving away the cutest goodie bag for you and your furry BFF.

 Giveaway Ends: February 15 (at noon), follow us on Facebook and Instagram to enter giveaway.

Included in this goodie pack is (2) Fandango Movie Vouchers, (1) frisbee, (1) waste bag carrier, (1) Asobu Dog Bottle/Bowl, and (1) Hydration Pack


Releases in theaters February 18, 2022! 

Watch the trailer HERE! 


About the film: 

DOG is a buddy comedy that follows the misadventures of two former Army Rangers paired against their will on the road trip of a lifetime. Army Ranger Briggs (Channing Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois dog) buckle into a 1984 Ford Bronco and race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they’ll drive each other completely crazy, break a small handful of laws, narrowly evade death, and learn to let down their guards in order to have a fighting chance of finding happiness. 

Rated PG-13 for language, thematic elements, drug content and some suggestive material

DOG_10803_RC Channing Tatum stars as Briggs in DOG A Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film Photo credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/SMPSP © 2022 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved

Good luck AWM friends! And share you pup pictures with me on Facebook or Instagram. 😉

Trusting the Journey

Trusting the Journey

I am a sucker for RomComs and Romantic Drama Movies, and I can’t wait to watch Finding You in theaters on May 14th! This past year has been crazy for most of us, and personally, it has been a journey full of changes and challenges.

At work, we call it personal development, but the same can be said in life in general. There is a journey in every season of life, and in every season of life there is an opportunity to self reflect and develop our personal growth. The pandemic has been difficult to balance work life/career aspirations and motherhood. I felt like I was in a “good” place with balancing life right before the pandemic hit, which made the blows of pandemic life hurt all the more deeply because I found myself, once again, at the beginning of a new journey and season of life.

Are you on a journey right now? Or have you recently arrived?

I have a verse taped to my bathroom mirror as a daily reminder to trust my current journey, “But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7. I’m at the intersection of Look and Wait.

In honor of Finding You released with theaters on May 14th, I’ve teamed up with my friends at Grace Hill Media to give one of my lucky readers 2 Fandango tickets for you (in the form of (1) $25 Fandango Voucher). – The great thing about Fandango tickets is that they can be used on any film in theaters (not just Finding You) and they do not have an expiration date – so you can use them anytime!

This giveaway will run Monday, May 10th through Thursday, May 13th. To enter, subscribe to our newsletter, or send us an email through our contact me page. Good Luck!!

**Prizes will be sent through email on Friday,
May 14th

FINDING YOU is an inspirational romantic dramedy full of heart and humor about finding the strength to be true to oneself.

After an ill-fated audition at a prestigious New York music conservatory, violinist Finley Sinclair (Rose Reid) travels to an Irish coastal village to begin her semester studying abroad. At the B&B run by her host family she encounters the
gregarious and persistent heartthrob movie star Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre), who is there to film another installment of his medieval fantasy-adventure franchise. As romance sparks between the unlikely pair, Beckett ignites a journey of discovery forFinley that transforms her heart, her music, and her outlook on life. In turn, Finley
emboldens Beckett to reach beyond his teen-idol image and pursue his true passion. But when forces surrounding Beckett’s stardom threaten to crush their dreams, Finley must decide what she is willing to risk for love.

To learn more about FINDING YOU and find tickets visit www.findingyouthemovie.com

Check out the FINDING YOU trailer below!

DIY Market Cart

DIY Market Cart

This is my favorite DIY project we accomplished during our 2020 quarantine. Did you accomplish any “wish-list” projects this past year?

My son and daughter had been asking for a lemonade stand for years, and I finally had the extra time to make their dreams come true. I love the idea of using our Market Cart for all different occasions. Currently, trying to convince the kiddos to set up a flower market for our neighborhood.

Le Marche is French for “The Market”. Makes these Walmart crates feel so fancy, and not limited to only serving lemonade. What do you think?

Supplies Needed:

  1. 4 Large Wooden Crates (Walmart Craft Aisle)
  2. Top Counter made from 3’x1′ (1/4 MDF-Homedepot)
  3. 3-3′ Square Poles (2×2) for Top Frame
  4. 4 Swivel Caster Wheels
  5. Fabric or Wood piece for sign (I used wood 3’x1′)
  6. White spray paint
  7. Nails and Screws
Tired Mama.

Tired Mama.

I am a tired mama. I know you mamas feel me. Remember when us millennial mamas would get unsolicited words from our elders telling us “how easy we have it”…you know the ones that would say, “in my day we didn’t have xyz”. Pandemic mamas. We’re no longer the lucky millennial mamas that get to have careers and families or iPads and a quiet meal at a restaurant. Nope. Across the globe we’ve been thrown into a hell fire of impossible tasks, and mental exhaustion from putting out fires.

Just when you think you couldn’t possibly experience any more burning flames…the backdraft begins. Make another impossible decision. Are you team “In-person School” or team “Remote Learning”. Whatever decision you make, you WILL feel the heat from the fire of the opposing team. Only this time, it’s millennial mama against each other. “Save the teachers and staff!” “Save the kid’s mental health!” Whatever you choose, you will be burned with guilt from the opposing team.

Mamas. Friends. Sisters. We must stop. I don’t know if it’s my 90s childhood of southern baptist-Texan-fashion WWJD bracelets, or what…but…I just can’t stop thinking about what would Jesus do and say. I know it wouldn’t be words that burned. Bob Goff wrote in his book Everybody Always, “burning down people’s opinions is arsonist”. Mamas, we cannot be arsonists. What are we teaching our children? What words and behaviors are we modeling for them? We cannot be arsonists.

Our elementary school principal emailed a procedure outline for this upcoming school year on what in-person and remote learning would look like. Within a few hours, our Facebook school group was flooded with opinions. One poster decided to ask the oh, so dangerous question of, “Curious to hear how people feel about the email Dr. Daniels (principal) emailed??“. My heart sunk. Was a fire about to ablaze? I’m tired, but I’m also filled with peace and joy from being in God’s daily presence (and secretly missing my WWJD stretchy bracelet). Filled with peace, I reluctantly wrote words with love in response, “I’m thankful for her communication to us! Speaking from a Hospital and Secondary Market Operation experience, Dr. Daniels has an enormous amount of operating procedures to write and implement, and we as WSES parents should offer her grace and support. No choice is perfect, we all have a hard decision to make and we need to be compassionate and supportive. Our kids are watching us, and we have a unique opportunity to model the behavior we want our children to learn and grow in.”

Mamas, we can’t control everything. Heck, 2020 has proven we hardly can control anything. We are, however, in control of our words…typed or spoken. “Words have power” is true. We have control on how we wield that power for either Grace or Fire. I tiredly rest in knowing and trusting that God is in control of all things. I tiredly sit in His presence being filled with JOY and pouring out joy, grace, and love to all. Even the arsonists. It’s not easy work, but it’s worth it.