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October 16, 2011

A New Chapter

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be working outside of the apartment five days a week.  I don’t think it will be a hard transition as I’ve kept pretty busy lately working on multiple projects.

I’m ready for this step.  When I left my last job, I knew what things I wanted to accomplish in the next stage of my life. I’m proud to say I did those things.  I worked on some short-term assignments that built skills I needed to build.  I took the time to enjoy where I’m living and soaked up life in one of the best cities in the world. I made my way to the beach a number of times this summer, a place I treasure because of the way the waves set my soul at peace. I focused on creating a healthier environment for myself and those around me. I built a new home for me and my partner. I strengthened my relationships with the people who mean a great deal to me. Throughout all of this, I looked closely at what should come next, after all of these other things were accomplished. I found what I believe is the right answer.

I’ve felt happiest when I’m working on a few different things and keeping my mind active. By working on three separate-but-related longer-term ventures, I can keep some important ties and create some new ones. The most time-consuming of the three will take what I learned while working on my master’s and build upon it.  I’ll be working on every facet of fundraising for a great non-profit here in the city. What I’ve worked on this summer has definitely prepared me as well.

I’ve got my oatmeal and fresh-picked apple for the morning, and grapes, nuts, oat squares, and ants-on-a-log for lunch. I’ll scope out the kitchen situation tomorrow to see if there’s a fridge or microwave… I’d happily bring zucchini quinoa lasagna or eggplant parm later in the week.

I’m excited. Tomorrow starts the next chapter.

July 16, 2011

What’s My Blueprint

While munching on a cucumber salad, sauteed string beans, tuscan white beans and baked zucchini, I contemplate my next steps.  I made a big decision just a few weeks ago, prompted by some self reflection.   As I consider my upcoming days, I think about “passion.”  Everyone talks about “following your passion,” but I’ve come to learn most people have more than one.  Books and movies often showcase a character who has an intense dedication to one pursuit, and there are the fortunate few real people I’ve met who have a similarly clear directive.  Somehow I don’t feel that way and I know I’m not alone.

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July 8, 2011

Raisinets, Gummy Worms, and a Dose of Clarity

Nothing says “stress” like a $30 purchase of binge foods from Duane Reade followed by immediate consumption.  After one such occasion a few weeks ago, I suddenly saw myself clearly and had a movie-style rewind-and-replay vision of what led me to that moment:

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June 29, 2011

I Quit My Job

I made a decision yesterday.   I know this decision will have many impacts on my life, both long term and short term.  It’s a decision no less than two years in the making.  I have considered my options, thought through the aftermath.  I determined what I needed to do in order to prepare, and I am now fully organized and ready to execute.

I am leaving my job.

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