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Rejection was so much fun until someone paid attention to me

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I mentioned in my last blog that I submitted some artwork to an online magazine for consideration and a few days ago I got rejected by them. This may sound crazy but I was so happy for myself and was going to write this whole blog about how proud I was for being rejected because it meant I TRIED something. It is really true. Somehow getting someone out there to even look at what I had done was thrilling to me and being rejected was actually great because they sent this really nice note explaining that what I had sent was not what they were looking for at this time…not that it stunk but that it just wasn't for them. But it got out there! That was the thing! So fun!

I have also been focusing on myself and my health by eating right and running. I have been feeling so very good and so very brave lately! I updated my resume and my Linkedin profile. Awesome…very awesome feeling! I even lined up and connected with a few recruiters. Progress!

Trying things. Exercising. Eating right. Connecting. What could be better? Feeling very strong and brave I even applied for a few freelance writing jobs within the blog writing/culinary field. So great!

Really great. Then…it happened. I got a note back from one of them! They are interested in me! Yikes! I was so thrilled with rejection and now I am positively terrified by someone paying attention to me and NOT rejecting me! What is wrong with me?

I was sure I had blown it in the days after I sent in the application. I was funny in my cover letter and even more funny in response to the follow up questions they had asked on the form. I hardly focused on my chef skills at all and simply amused myself by attempting to amuse them with my writing. Later I kicked myself and wondered what I was thinking! Could I have not put down that I was detail oriented, thrived on research and highly knowledgeable in my field. Did I really have to put down that having nice hair was one of my best assets? But was done was done and I got ready to be ignored. Then the note came back of their interest.

Now I have to wait to find out what happens next. This is not a full time job or anything…it is really just an occasional thing if it works out but it would be so fun. Now I wonder what I am doing though! It is what I want for sure…but I am really really nervous about it all! I had myself convinced that it was over and I was silly for even trying. Why should rejection make me so happy and not being rejected make me so jittery?!?

Whaaaa! I just got a text on my phone from someone we know for an order for a cake in May! Now THAT I can handle. No nerves. No jitters. (As long as I don't have to write on it. emoticon )
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    Awesome!! How exciting for you!! I can hardly wait to see how this all works out for you!! And, by the way, you are a real inspiration!!
    1426 days ago
    That's awesome Ronna!! I'm so excited for you!!! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 3/23/2014 12:50:28 PM
  • IONA72
    emoticon you are flying now!
    1427 days ago
    I get the jitters from what "could be" coming your way....maybe part of it is the hope that the possibility holds, and the alternate possibility that what comes may also go away... Still, kudos to you for putting your work out there, and accepting the feedback, positive and not so much (although even the rejection seems not so rejecting of you, but just not fitting their need at the moment).

    1428 days ago
    How could I have missed this??? YEA for you! And congrats on this morning's news as well! You will rock... funny, witty, entertaining... all those descriptors apply to you! Anytime you want to guest write on my website, just let me know!
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    1428 days ago
    How wonderful to have things moving forward for you. You are such an inspiration to not only me, but others too! So glad you looked outside the culinary box, even though you still have the option to step back into it when you want. Gotta be nice having so many gifts/abilities to fall back on. Although, it is easy to forget the ones we have until we take time to think about it. Good luck with all your possibilities!
    ~ Tobi

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    1428 days ago
    The most important key to success is to never quit. Congratulations on a definite start in the right direction. I always found that you can get to wherever you want to be by just starting in that direction and then keeping on in that direction. You're on your way now, and any background will be worth mention as you continue to look for employment.

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  • SHERYLP461
    How wonderful for you! I imagine that you are jittery because your art is like a child to you, or some part of yourself. We all seek approval. Good luck to you and I really think you are a talented artist.
    1430 days ago
    Good for you! emoticon being brave and positive!
    You're probably nervous because there are next steps to come. This one is just beginning. You can add more info about your skills because they want to talk to you. I think your personality and wit must have come through your writing, even if it was not your complete resume.
    emoticon Keep it up!
    And if your writing is online, please let us know so we can emoticon it!
    1430 days ago
    Oh, yeah. This makes perfect sense to me. Being noticed is always more nerve-wracking, oops, scratch that. I mean, more exciting, liberating, wonderful than being rejected. But you are up to the task!!!
    GO FOR IT!!!
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    1430 days ago
    No surprise here -- I told you you're amazingly talented. Please do keep us posted on what happens next with it. You know, I'd order a cake from you myself if the shipping wouldn't cost so darned much!
    1431 days ago
    You are definitely a great writer and I thank you for writing so honest and clear.
    Putting your self out there like that is so courageous and it will pay off in the end.
    1431 days ago
    Hi, Ronna !

    That's awesome !!

    Speaking with some authority here, I think you did the right thing by writing a witty cover letter instead of something more job oriented. If Norway's job market isn't too different than the US's, then the people reading those cover letters probably read at least 100+. All of them probably said how good a cook there were. How organized and reliable they were. Been there, done that.

    By writing about YOURSELF instead of your skills, that caused your cover letter and resume to stand out. nice !!

    No matter how skilled a worker you are, when you're out of work and looking, you feel like a teenager trying for their first job. There's a lot of self doubt going on. I know, I felt the same way while I was sending out resumes. We are soooo used to rejection that we don't know how to handle acceptance. it really IS a weird feeling. But you know what ? It's okay to feel exactly what you're feeling.

    Just enjoy the moment. Don't ever take a rejection personally. That's something I learned. Because there is too much competition out there to take anything personally. Here's something a friend told to me and I will now pass on to you.

    For every no you get, there will be a YES !!

    And you do make the most wonderful cakes !!!


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    Comment edited on: 3/19/2014 11:20:02 AM
    That is great news. I would be nervous too. It is a new adventure, and it is normal to want to do it well.
    1431 days ago
    Oh my goodness.... you have gotten an awful LOT done!
    emoticon I personally think updating LinkedIn is huge. I think it is a challenging process. GREAT JOB. I will have to add you as a contact. Feel free to add me, Susan Deckert. AND connecting with recruiters.
    emoticon HIGH 5! You are on FIRE!

    I completely know what you mean about feeling terrified. I blogged about it on March 11th, titled, "I know what I want - Now to go get it." I was freaking out.

    I am so so so happy for you, no matter what happens. You are much further along than me actually because you actually know what you want. I am all over the place.

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