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!
greetings from a new state and new time zone! I moved to the Seattle-Tacoma area about a month ago and have been happily settling in ever since. I haven’t found employment yet but I did have two different interviews this week for jobs in my field, which feels great to finally have actual movement. It’s hard to enjoy my new surroundings with literally no money in my bank account but living half a mile from the Puget Sound after being landlocked for three years is simply amazing.
my birthday came and went a month ago and it scares me how close I am getting to 30 – however I know I have a ton of living and loving left in me. my kitten (ryan) has integrated well with his two new kitty siblings and is quite fond of the boy who is his age. my roommate, Deanna, and I just squeal about how adorable they are together. yes, we are crazy cat ladies.
everything feels different yet I am hesitant to update my blog. I’ve been job searching for so long and although I do have some actual prospects I am waiting to hear back from – it’s hard admitting how frustrating and lengthy this process has been. cross your fingers for me!
under employed is a term I have heard frequently in the past few years – regarding people taking positions that are well below their qualifications and level just to attain employment in their intended field (or to even just have an income). I have been under employed for the past 15 months, for I’ve been working at a restaurant. Unfortunately, that restaurant closed this weekend and I am officially unemployed. I’ve known for weeks about the closure but it wasn’t public knowledge so it’s been difficult to ask for help regarding job searching until now.
The closure is a blessing in some ways – although I enjoyed working there, I do strongly want to use my degree and qualifications and do what I know I am great at and intended to do – which is not waiting tables. However, I don’t know if I have enough time to secure employment before I run out of money and have to make some necessary life changes. Do I stay in Denver? Potentially move back in with my parents for a few weeks in Oregon? Move to Seattle and stay with a close friend? I don’t know. Right now I’m really focusing on finding a career in Denver (I typically refer to it as a “big girl job”) but I might need to find another restaurant job to help bridge the financial gap.
If anyone has any connections or leads, regardless of city or country, please please send them my way!