Finding a Job During a Pandemic

dream job signAfter 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Health, the time came for me to make a career change. However, we were in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. My current contract was ending on June 30th, and we had not yet made it beyond Phase II of Governor Edward’s Executive Order. Add to that my husband who had been the Sous Chef for L’Auberge saw the news right along with you. So, here we were, both of us, transitioning financially during a pandemic.

Fortunately for my husband, his talents were easily transferable to our catering business, Odom’s Kitchen. So, we began posting to all social media platforms and promoting our business harder than we ever had. To say that, the community came out and supported us in ways we never could have imagined. Until this moment we had been putting off establishing a brick and mortar. Suddenly, we found ourselves totally out of space in our mobile operation. {Insert Anxiety} So now we are not only launching Odom’s Kitchen full-time (while I’m still job-hunting), we are looking for a BUILDING. We MUST be losing our minds. We just need to find an available space that won’t require sacrificing our firstborn, AND I need to find a new job. Yes, we are losing our minds. Meanwhile, I’m working to help my husband, Brandon, transition into a full-blown entrepreneur. In the middle of all of this, we are hiring graphic designers, increasing our marketing budget, etc. all in the name of FAITH.

Now, admittedly I am a nervous wreck. Brandon on the other hand didn’t blink an eye. He was like “We’ve got this.”  I begin to panic because, by mid-May, I hadn’t received a job offer. Again, my husband assured me we had nothing to worry about. I’m looking at him like “I have never been without a job.” He never once lost his faith, though mine was wavering. This is that part of marriage where two are better than one because when one is weak the other can hold you up comes into place. And that he did. Somedays I probably worked his last nerve with my worrying. But I never doubted Him (God) or him (husband). I am just not good at waiting. While I waited, I decided to copyright a piece I wrote (releasing soon). And literally, two weeks before my contract expired, I received my official offer. And let me just say He (God) will “open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings…,” you know the rest.

And if you’re wondering, yes, my husband said, “I told you so.”

So, my LDH contract ended on June 30, 2020, and I started the new job on July 6, 2020.  {{Insert Church Shout}}

Now if you’re wondering, yes, we are still looking for the perfect building for our needs. We trust the process and know that just like everything else has fallen in place, this too shall follow suit. In the meantime, keep following Odom’s Kitchen and plan to “Eat with Odom’s” soon!

D'Andra Odom
D'Andra Bradford Odom grew up in Jonesboro, LA. She swore to her parents that she would never live in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas. However, after completing a cooperative education assignment with IBM in Rochester, MN, she bravely returned to Louisiana to plant her roots. D’Andra earned a Bachelors from Grambling State University in Grambling, LA and a Masters from the rival school Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. However, the rivalry only lasts for one Saturday in November, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. D’Andra has a strong passion for public policy, social justice, and cooking. Therefore, it is no surprised that this self-proclaimed foodie met her husband, Chef Brandon Odom while trying a new spot, and ultimately co-founded Odom’s Kitchen (eatwithodoms.com). Together D’Andra and Brandon have two amazing children, Josiah and Corrinne. Josiah is the gentle and compassionate little gentleman. While Corrinne marches to the beat of her own drum. One of the things she loves most about being in Louisiana is providing her children with access to three living great-grandparents. Additionally, D’Andra and Brandon enjoy entertaining friends and family through food and laughs. She considers it an added bonus to be able to share and interact with other moms in the area. As it turns out this North Louisiana native found her roots through love in South Louisiana. A badge she wears proudly.

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