walking across the Burnside Bridge this afternoon.
well, hello from Portland! in a quick turn of events, I now live in my own apartment in Portland (with the kitty, of course). I never thought I would end up back in Oregon – albeit an entirely new neighborhood that I hadn’t even driven through during my first 18 years residing here.
so here we go! another “fresh start” to add to my list… but the biggest and best news of all? I’m employed – in my field – with benefits! yeah, what a concept, I know, but this has been the most complicated and slowest employment process ever! I’m not doing entirely what I wanted to be doing, but I am doing what I know I am great at and I am very excited for my position and the population I’ll be interacting with. I’ll be working as a counselor at a small transitional group home with residents that are between 17-24 years old with varying levels of mental health and life skills. I started orientation on Monday and I’ll be continuing to train and start shadowing employees at several facilities around Portland until my facility is ready for me to begin. I’ve worked as a residential counselor before in Los Angeles and it is seriously intense work but I love it, I’m great at it, and I am more than ready to do this! oh and for the record – I signed a year lease. no more moving. cheers!
2012 has not been an awesome year for me, and to be honest, it hasn’t even been a good year. However, I want to reflect on the positive, because we all know it’s all too easy to stay in the shitty negative zone. So, here are my top 6 moments of 2012.
Adopting ryan kitty. I haven’t introduced you all to ryan kitty yet but oh my lord of all things cute, I am shamelessly and beyond obsessed with my kitten. He plays fetch, he purrs in an instant, sleeps on my chest, loves me endlessly, and makes me squeal and giggle all day long. ryan kitty (I’ll explain him and his name in a later post) has been the my absolute highlight of 2012, hands down.
Seeing Kaskade twice in one week. There are certain bands/artists that impact you like no others can, and Kaskade is that for me. He went on tour this summer and I immediately bought tickets to see him at Red Rocks in Denver. My parents invited me home for a long weekend, a friend in Portland mentioned his tour schedule, and I planned my trip around his Portland date. Red Rocks is a bucket-list worthy venue, and the tiny venue in Portland was the location of the majority of the concerts I went to in high school. it. was. awesome.
Obama’s reelection. enough said.
Turning 27. I’m not a fan of my birthday but this year I celebrated (just two days before my move!) with my best friend in Denver, in pajamas, with ryan kitty, we watched the presidential debate and Mean Girls, played a drinking game or two, and ordered a pizza.
Hearing the words “we can offer you a position…” for the first time since I graduated. I haven’t expanded on my employment yet on the blog because my job, which I was hired for almost a month ago, hasn’t begun yet. But it will, and when it does, I will explain.
Starting over, yet again. I’m not fully convinced that moving back to the Northwest was the best possible idea. However, I love my roommate, love the area, and love that I had 3 job interviews in a week (one of which resulted in a job). I miss Denver like crazy but things are falling into place here.