Well, I’ve been a little lax on the blog updates lately. Life has been a little crazy lately, and in the spirit of my last update’s question, I would like to let you guys know exactly what I did about my bad day(s). This might also answer the question of where exactly I have been and why I haven’t been updating my blog in the last, oh I don’t know, month or so…
- I got a new job. True to my word, I applied and interviewed twice at a big coffee chain last week and by Wednesday, I had a new job. On Thursday I gave my two weeks notice at my current job. So, in a matter of about a week, I will be making my transition into what I hope might be a more life-giving job. Now, I know on paper it might look like I took a bit of a step backwards, but I think it’s actually going to help me a lot in the long run. I’ll have more flexible hours which will give me more time to research grad schools or teach myself SEO or take more classes at the local community college. Either way, I’ll have more time to do something that will get me closer to my goals. I won’t just be sitting in a cubicle, staring at a computer monitor all day long. I’ll be interacting with people and engaging in things outside of work that are interesting to me.
- I’ve been traveling a lot to see friends–this topic could be an entire week of entries by itself. In junior high, a friend of mine referred to be as being like the center of a Venn Diagram (yeah, we were kind of nerds). I have always had multiple groups of friends that never really overlap except through me. Even now, I have my sorority friends, my creative writing friends, my friends who lived in a certain dorm in college, my high school friends (this group is split into several sub-groups), my Oregon friends, etc. This has been both a good and bad thing, especially since graduating. The bad news is that they are all spread out all over the country. The good news is that I get to go to a lot of cool and fun places to see them all. This weekend I went to Bloomington, Indiana where a creative writing friend is in law school now. Last weekend I went back to my college town where I got to spend a lot of time with my sorority friends as well as a smattering from some other groups. Each group of these friends knows a different part of me, and when I’m having bad days like I described in my last post, it’s easy to just keep to myself. But after spending two weekends in a row with really great people who know me in such different ways, it’s like I’m able to rediscover those parts of myself that they love. I’m able to come home feeling refreshed and ready for whatever comes next. I am so appreciative of the people in my life. I just want to say thank you to all of you out there. Everyone I’ve talked to has been so supportive of me, especially recently with this blog and the job change.
- A brief grad school update–kind of. Going along with my last point, when I was in Bloomington with my creative writing friend it just felt so good to be on a college campus again. She also pulled a bunch of old projects off of her bookshelf and we spent a couple of minutes going through them and reading old poetry from our peers and each other. It was just so good to be with someone who knows me as a writer because people around where I live now don’t really know me like that. Likewise, she was surprised to find out that I was a singer in high school, which is mostly only how people know me here. I digress, but the point I’m trying to make is that it was nice to rediscover some projects that I don’t even have copies of anymore and to be with someone who knows my writing and is so encouraging about it.
I had every intention of making this a tighter and all-round better written blog entry, but the traveling and interviewing and giving two weeks notice has all taken its toll on me when it comes to stress and sleep deprivation. But at least I wrote something and at least I’m making positive steps with my life. So in the interest of keeping my health and sanity in tact, I’m saying goodnight for now.