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10 weeks into the working world.

I’ve been working for over 2 months now and as a side note, I am proud to announce that I have finally rejoined the privileged Americans and I have health insurance for the first time in 2.5 years! My job is hectic to say the least. I work in a residential treatment home that houses 5 adolescents. We’re currently at 4 residents and every day is chaotic and totally different. My shifts (7 am – 3:30 pm) go by very quickly but I am always so worn out it’s difficult to do anything on my time off, plus my “weekend” are Mondays and Tuesdays, so a social life? nope. My clients range from 17-23 and they are male and female and live with several different mental illnesses and behaviors including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, self-mutilation, suicidal ideation, depression, panic disorder, conduct disorder, and post traumatic stress syndrome. Plus, they’re all moody adolescents on top of it! I help with cooking, daily hygiene, facilitating skills training and therapeutic groups, take clients to medical appointments and outings, administer medications, and bill for any interaction longer than 7 minutes and take notes on everything. Again, my job is very hectic :)

Being back in Portland has been a slow but great adjustment as well. The weather here has been amazing and I’ve been to several Timbers matches, but I haven’t found a way to network and make connections yet. I grew up in Portland but it’s been nine years since I lived here so it just feels a bit strange!

any ideas for how to network with people my age that doesn’t include me awkwardly sitting at a bar by myself?

:) cheers to summer!!


the freshest start.

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!