After a small hiatus, I have managed to return to blogging. Understand, my good people, that I didn’t intend on leaving you high and dry, but I got a new job about a month ago, and the time I used for blogging, writing books, and other things, has now been taken up with hours of paid work. Believe me, I’m more than glad after being in the land of unemployment for nearly sixteen months. Yes, sixteen loooooong months my friends. If it wasn’t for the positive words from loved ones, hope, and faith that God didn’t have a vendetta against me, I would’ve went completely mental.
I’m glad to say that my mom’s recurring advice of “something good is coming along, you just have to be patient” has taught me to do just that. There were so many rough times, like when my car had blown up after a much needed night out about two months ago, and going on more than ten interviews, feeling instantly after shaking the interviewer’s hand, that I wasn’t gonna get that particular job. All that pain and uncertainty finally paid off (along with my education of course; I have a BFA and MFA) with a job that I truly enjoy, and look forward to going to. My boss is also a gem, truly the best I’ve ever had.
I think one of the reasons I was out of work for so long, is due to experience; I was either OVER qualified or UNDER qualified. I had the education, but not the on-site experience for some jobs, like certain writing positions I applied for. I was too educated for a simple receptionist or office clerk gig. My job outlook was looking bleek, and I couldn’t help but wonder if going to school and racking up student loan debts that would go unpaid even if I died at the tender age of one-hundred and one, was all for nothing.
Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and now I have to try and keep a healthy work-home balance, as I had to do before. That’s one of the reasons I chose to post that image of my keys and keychains to this post: it represents all the different aspects of our lives that we have to manage. We have keys that we need, but barely use. We have keychains that humor and/or remind us about the things in life that we cherish, or value. We need all these things, on assorted metal rings, to keep near us, in order to maintain a sense of order. I currently have five grocery store cards on my keyring. Why? So no matter where I am, I can still save ten cents on a can of generic tuna, and because depending on my mood, I can choose to drive further or nearer to one of my local grocery shops. It’s all about being prepared, and reasonable. Having a pre-plan.
Anyway, I’m more than happy to be back in the working world, especially since my commute is less than ten minutes in the morning. How awesome is that? Low travel, my own office (a first), swell boss, and a satisfying job position. I have truly been smiled upon by The Great One in the sky
If you’d like to read a take on my life during my time of unemployed bliss (ha), then read my latest Kindle book, LaRae in Waiting, that I finished writing about a week before starting my new job. Please leave a review on Amazon when you finish enjoying it. Thanks