this is how you quit your job

Monday 30 September 2013

I love randomly finding short, fun, awesome videos. Here is a great one of a girl quitting her job via dance video montage:

So obviously I went to her website, which has a link to her resume, and sent an e-mail. Turns out she’s from a suburb of Chicago. We’ll see what happens!

waiting with expectation

Tuesday 8 December 2009

No matter your religious background or (non) affiliation, I’m sure you’re aware that Christmas is approaching.  For Christians of many traditions, the 4-ish weeks leading up to the big day are called Advent, the lesser-know cousin of Lent.  While Lent is often thought of as a time of preparation, Advent is looked upon as a time of expectation and waiting.  In terms of Christmas, this “expectant waiting” is in regards to the birth of Jesus, but in the bigger picture, it is also a time when Christians are to wait with expectation for the return/second coming of Christ.

For me, though, all this talk of waiting with expectation helps me (and others) realize how often in our own lives we are doing such a thing already.  Last Advent, a friend wrote how his presence waiting for the birth of a friend’s child was such an experience (an obvious close parallel to waiting for the birth of Jesus).  For me, when I heard the pastor speaking of such waiting on the first Sunday of Advent, it made me think about my current situation, a status I share with millions in this country: looking for a job!

For me, I think what separates the “Advent” kind of waiting from the waiting you do when your car is sitting at a red light is that it’s a proactive waiting.  At a red light, you’re just sitting there with nothing to do.  But when a baby is on its way, there is so much to do before you’re ready for the baby to pop out!  Not are there only necessary preparations, but there are also preparations you want to go through with (a certain diet, exercising right, etc.) that you hope with make the outcome turn out the best it possibly can.

The job hunt is very much a “waiting with expectation” experience for me.  If it were only such that I could sit back and wait for the phone to ring and a job offer to arrive with no work on my part!  But such is not the case.  Instead, I continue to patrol job postings, write and send out cover letters, and then hope and pray that I might have the opportunity to interview.  But after I send out a few cover letters, I don’t just sit a few weeks until I do or don’t hear from someone, but I continue the process of searching, writing, and sending as I wait… with expectation.

I have faith that I will one day get a job, though I don’t know when it will come or where it will take me.  So I keep pressing on, working hard toward the final goal.  And that’s really what waiting with expectation is all about, no matter what you might be waiting for.

teaching math

Tuesday 25 November 2008

So it looks like I shouldn’t worry about job security, at least not if I decide to get back into teaching math!

Study: Math Teachers 1 Chapter Ahead of Students

on vocation and discernment

Saturday 26 April 2008

A little while ago I was asked to write a short article for the newsletter of the campus ministry I attended at college. Here is what I wrote:

There are two big words I remember hearing during my time at ULC: vocation and discernment. Pastor Lloyd reminded us all that during our time as students at Northwestern, our vocation was just that – a student at Northwestern. And when it came time for me to leave that place, it was a process of discernment I used to figure out where I would venture next. How could I “decide” where God was calling me? I needn’t worry if I had made the right decision, for I was assured that God would use me wherever I was, whatever I was doing.

I think about both of those words – vocation and discernment – as I approach the fourth anniversary of my graduation from Northwestern. After graduating in 2004, I spent my first two years teaching HS Math in the northern Chicago suburbs. However, I also spent the summer of 2005 and 2006 in Ohio, working as a camp counselor, as I had a few years during college. From there I moved to Milwaukee as a part of Lutheran Volunteer Corps – a year-long program where I lived in intentional community, attempting to live simply and sustainably while exploring spirituality and working toward social justice. My placement was in an “alternative” HS, co-teaching Math to about 100 students who didn’t quite fit into to standard Milwaukee Public Schools. This past August, when my LVC year was over, I moved to Washington, DC to take a position recruiting for LVC, in which I traveled around the Midwest, sharing about LVC at colleges and universities. I was recently hired to remain on staff to continue working with recruitment initiatives until Easter. And after that? – well, who knows!

It’s interesting to think I’ve now spent nearly as much time out of college as I did in college. But am I any closer to finding “my vocation?” A common definition of vocation is that of Frederick Buechner: “The place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” And what happens when you throw the idea of discernment into the mix? Mustn’t we allow ourselves time to figure things out?

What I’ve come to believe is two-fold: First, our entire lives are a process of discernment. From the time we can talk, we’re asked something like, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Thus begins one process of discernment. As we age, we are constantly discerning the kinds of relationships we want in our lives and if there might be a significant one among them. As I move around and do different “jobs,” I’m continuing to discern where to go and what to do next. And even if I come to a place I’m happy with, I’ll continue to discern whether to stay in that place and position or to maybe do something else.

Which flows into my second realization: Our vocation isn’t some job that’s perfect for us, but truly is, “The place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger met.” In all my different locations and positions, I feel I’ve been filling the hunger of the world around me while finding deep gladness throughout. There might not be one “job” I’m called to for life but instead many positions which fulfill my vocation.

So as I daily discern where God is calling me, I think of my vocation always in light of Micah 6:8b — “Do justice, loves kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”

eric (CAS ’04) was a peer minister for three years while at ULC. You can learn more about LVC at and read eric’s blog @