If I had one piece of advice to give someone who wants to move to a new city, it would be “find a job first.” When I came out to Chicago over two years ago knowing only two people here, I had secured only a (very) part-time position, and planned to build my business with the rest of my time. It never occurred to me that two people probably wasn’t a sufficient network to do that.Read more
The last 6 years I have spent essentially re-grouping. This month in 2014 I was diagnosed with cancer. In June that year, a month after surgery, I lost my job and as my life spiraled further out of control that summer and fall, culminating with my husband’s death in October, I vowed to create a new and better life for me and my daughter. It took me a little longer than I thought it would.Read more
Celebrating Labor Day last weekend included a lot of social media posts about jobs – the best, the worst, and the most interesting. For my parents’ generation (they were both born in the 1920s), jobs were a necessary evil to afford a desired lifestyle, you were rewarded for hard work, and maybe only had one job for your entire full-time career. And actually liking the work you were doing wasn’t always a top prerequisite. Read more
“And that’s the thing. The day before your whole life changes, forever, it feels just like any other day.” – the character “Daphne Vasquez” on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth.
Someone posted that quote in a Facebook group I belong to recently and asked, “How about you? What random unplanned, unexpected event changed the course of your life?” Read more
I’m well aware that this blog has become consistently inconsistent. For the past 3 months I was basically working four part-time jobs (and still not actually earning a living wage). I did manage to cut down hours from two of the jobs and last week was my last week at the third job. The fourth job is my own business (and the time I am putting into looking for work, either clients or full-time employment). Read more