You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Overwhelmed might be the theme right now. Crazy notion I know. I mean, I am not working, how can I possibly be THAT busy. But it is possible and it happens.
What do I want to be when I grow up is the million dollar question right now. I mean I am 40+ years old. I have 20+ working years left. I've been an auditor. A tech consultant. A sales person. Operations Management. If you look at my books in my office, you would think it is personal finance. What industry? Insurance? Technology? Manufacturing? Finance? What is my niche? What should my area of focus be? That is the million dollar question.
At the end of May I hired a firm to help me do just that. They are going to help me find that right job as well as get all the things done to get that right job. However, in the mean time, I have learned that Austin is a city of it is not what you know but who you know. So networking it is. I was in a networking event last F
riday and they said that we should meet at least one new person a day. My side that leans towards introvert is already screaming at such a notion. :)
However, during the past two months, I am doing a lot of self discovery and almost everyone that sees me for the first time in a long time comments that I look refreshed and relaxed. It further serves my reflection that losing this job was for the best. Did I imagine still being unemployed two months in, no! But am I still keeping busy, yes! Do I think that I will come out a better person in the end than when it happened, ABSOLUTELY!!!
Right now I am in the process of trying to get a grant to go get my PMP (Project Management Program) & SQL Certifications. These are fancy names for let me oversee your project, run reports while it is going and summarize it when it is done. A lot of my work over the years has included the project management aspect piece, the certification makes me more marketable. So, if you would add me to the prayers that grant comes through, that would be much appreciated!
I am still applying for jobs and doing interviews. Right now things are going slow in that category. I do not know if it is just Austin or if it is the Market. I am hopeful that once I get all my homework down with my consulting firm, that I will have more companies that I can start to reach out to in regards to job opportunities.
Of course, on top of all the home work, interviews, applying for jobs, classes, grants, etc, I am trying to still go through the house and purge. We are having a neighborhood garage sale this weekend (Saturday) so I am trying to get rid of everything that no longer brings me love or joy. Prime example...that purse that had Amigo's coupons from 2002 in it....clearly that purse no longer brought me joy. However, now I am stressing myself out because I have not quite finished purging, I still have to tag everything for the sale and I have only two days left in the week to do it. As Charlie Brown would say...AAugh....
The work outs have been on a temporary break. Three weeks ago, I found myself crawling on the bathroom floor in horrible pain. A day and a 1/2 later, Unicorn took me to the urgent care because the pain was back and I just couldn't take it. Without running the bill up
, based upon the initial tests, they felt I had kidney stones. So, needless to say, I didn't get much done work search wise or any workouts in that first week as I was hopped up on pain pills and the other medicine they gave me made me sleep on the time. The following week, I took it easy and this week, I just have been running crazy.
Hopefully things will calm down after the garage sale! HOPEFULLY!