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I have to confess that I am feeling somewhat frustrated right now. The management company at my former apartment has not provided me with my deposit back, and they are past the legal time frame. I called them today and left a message (they always send you into voicemail), and never received a call back. I will call again tomorrow. Basically if I can’t get anywhere with them I would have to go back to California to take them to court, which would be a big hassle, but we are talking about $900.

There are other things causing me frustration as well, like the progress on my job search and the status of my unemployment. I am almost a week in to my 2 week window to hear about the position I interviewed for, and even though she told me that it may take up to 2 weeks to make a decision, I feel that the longer it takes, the less likely it is that I will get it. And I haven’t gotten any response to my resume from anyone else at this point, though I am continuing to apply to different places every day. As far as the unemployment goes, I probably won’t know until sometime next week if I am getting another extension. So basically I am sitting in limbo right now and I really hate it.

On the upside, I talked with one of my closest friends today (aside from the one I live with obviously). It was great to hear from them and I really miss them, so that brightened my day a bit.

On another note, I have decided to go with the idea of working my blog like a set of series. I will be posting daily, each day will be a different series, and there will be one post per series per week. I will post additional information as needed, but here is the schedule (to begin Sunday May 1):

Sunday- Exploring Washington
Monday- Healthy Journey
Tuesday- Emotional and Spiritual Growth
Wednesday- Disney’s Antics
Thursday- A Writer’s/ Crafter’s Life
Friday- Job Searching Discussion
Saturday- My Favorite Things

Until next time…

PS If there is anyone out there reading this, please leave a comment and let me know!

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Series?

So I’ve been thinking a lot about future topics for my blog and I am considering doing a few series of topics. I have a friend who does some series in her blog and think I could really work with that. I have a few different series that I am thinking about, and would break them down to one blog each per week. I’m not really sure if anyone is out there reading this blog or not, but if you are, let me know what you think and if you have any topic ideas…

So here are my ideas:

Job searching (where I’m applying, interviews, joys, frustrations, etc.)

Exploring Washington (where I go and what I do around town)

Health Journey (workouts, eating plans, sleep quality, etc.)

Emotional Journey (Spirituality, meditation, feelings)

Disney’s Antics (updates on the kitty and her adjustment)

My Favorites (favorite food I ate each week, favorite place I went or thing I did, etc…)

Writer’s/ Crafter’s Life (steps I am taking in my writing and crafting life)

So that’s what I’ve come up with so far… I am certainly open to suggestions on other topics/ series that you might like to read about (if there is anyone out there reading). I would like this blog to really evolve into a chronicle of my life as I evolve and grow on this new path I am taking.

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Waiting

I feel like my life it about waiting right now, I am doing a lot of it. I am currently waiting to see whether I will get the job I interviewed for last week, waiting to see if my Unemployment benefits will be extended again, waiting for deposits to be returned to me, waiting for enough money to get a car, waiting to be able to move into my own place, and waiting to pursue some dreams.

You might ask why I’m waiting, why am I not making things happen now. But the reality is there are some things I can’t control, whether I want to or not.

I had my first and second interview last week at a company I would love to work for and was told that it would be up to 2 weeks before I found out if I got the position. Unfortunately I cannot rush their decision, as much as I would like to get started and get back to work again. In the meantime all I can do is wait and continue to apply elsewhere in the event I don’t get the position.

I mailed my claim for the last 2 weeks of my current extension of unemployment benefits yesterday. Sometime this week (probably Wednesday or Thursday), I should receive a letter letting me know if I have another extension coming or not. Timeline-wise, I qualify for another 17 weeks of unemployment. However since unemployment is starting to go down, they may not continue to distribute the extended benefits… even though a lot of us are still looking for work.

The management company from my old apartments has until today to send out my refund of my deposit, so I am hoping to receive that soon, but cannot control how fast it will arrive in the mail. I am also waiting on a deposit refund from the gas & electric company and a disbursement from an old IRA from a company I used to work for. The electric one takes 30 days and the IRA will be disbursed in June.

Once the disbursements arrive, I should have enough for a down payment on a car… or to even purchase a cheap one outright… but until they get here, I am relying on the bus and my friend to transport me wherever. The apartment needs to wait until I have a job and have saved a little money. As much as I would like to move now, the earliest I can do so will probably be July.

Finally, the dreams that I am waiting to begin revolve around the apartment and the car. There are steps that I am taking for other dreams right now… and as much as I can do for these other dreams, but until my independence is back, I really can’t but as much into them as I would like…

So I will keep waiting until I am able to move forward… hopefully my wait will be pretty short, I can only be patient for so long.

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Making Plans

Things went well with my interview yesterday… I’ve actually moved forward to the next round and have a second interview tomorrow. There is a possibility that I will need to go to a third interview as well. But either way, my understanding is that it may take a while before I have an answer/ job offer. While I am happy and excited about the second interview tomorrow, the continuing uncertainty makes it difficult to come up with a plan of action.

I did however, develop an interim plan with a daily focus. I also created some budget possibilities depending on the financial offering of whatever job I end up with. I have the “ideal” budget (about $5k more a year than I was making in my last position); the “likely” budget (about what I was making in my last position); and then there’s the “minimum” budget (what I made about  7 years ago).

Right now I am focusing on myself and personal goals (specifically my health). I want to walk at least 4 days out of the week, increase my water consumption, and start eating breakfast again. I will also work 1 job search engine a day until I secure a position and do focused daily reading.

But for now, I need to get some sleep so that I am at my best for my interview… think good thoughts and wish me luck!

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Drifting

I feel like I have just been kind of drifting over the last two weeks since I arrived in Washington. Yes, I have unpacked and gotten settled into my new home. Yes, I have been working on taking one positive step each day. Yes, I started this blog. But really I have had no solid plan. I have done a lot of soul-searching and introspection. I have uncovered lost dreams and focused on my interests, but I really haven’t done anything. I haven’t made a plan!

I think part of the reason for this is that I am waiting to see if I get this job tomorrow. I feel like I am in limbo at the moment. When I got up here I knew that I had an interview (with a different company), so even though I was applying to other places as well, I really was kind of waiting to see the results of the interview. That interview led to the one I have tomorrow, so again I feel like I am waiting to see the results of the interview.

Tonight I am making a committment to myself that I will make my plan tomorrow after my interview. Hopefully I will know one way or the other after the interview tomorrow and I can make a solid plan. If not, I will make tentative plans for each scenario. I need to stop stagnating and really get moving on the new lifestyle I want to cultivate. Right now I feel like I am stuck in my old mindset and I need to really break free of that. This is my life and my future that I am letting drift, and I can’t do that anymore!

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Chasing Dreams

I haven’t posted a blog in a while, mostly because there really hasn’t been a lot to say. But I do want to post more frequently. To catch up on what is happening… I had an interview last week that didn’t pan out, but I have another one this week, so I am still optimistic.

When I moved up here, I sold or gave away most of my furniture and pretty much all of my kitchen stuff. Over the last few days I have been browsing Amazon.com (my favorite online store ever) and filling my wish list with furniture and kitchen supplies that interest me. It’s a wish list, so I have been putting anything and everything I could possibly want on there… and have been decorating my new apartment (which I don’t have) in my mind. There are still a lot of things that need to happen before I can look at getting a new apartment, though I’m really hoping to be at that point sometime in the next 3-6 months. This of course all depends on how soon I find a job (and since I’ve been looking for the last 18 months, maybe I’m being overly optimistic).

One thing that I have decided I want to explore in this new life is my fascination with food. Not so much the eating of it, but cooking and baking. I want to take some classes and have requested information from a few culinary schools up here. I have also added a ton of cookbooks and memoirs of chefs to my ever-growing Amazon wish list. I have always been drawn to farmer’s markets and fresh foods, wanting to live a greener life. Unfortunately, I have allowed convenience foods and laziness to keep me from really pursuing this in the past. It was always easier to stay in my comfort zone. But one of the big things about this move is to shake up my life and break through my comfort zone, so this is one area I really want to focus on.

A dream I have had for a long time is to open a tea room with a bookstore (or just the tea room). This is something that I am currently exploring. I think that with focus and work, I could achieve this dream in the next 5-10 years. But I have a variety of interests, so I need to make sure that I am directing my focus in the right area… I think the best thing would be to do the bookstore/ tea room idea, and then do a lot of entertaining at home to fill in the gaps so that I can try out a variety of cooking techniques. I have always wanted to entertain, but never really had a large social group to do so with. So another project will be to develop a social group… people I can have over a few times a month for dinner and cocktails or whatever.

I have this image of the way that I want my life to be, but right now I am really not doing anything. Part of this is because I currently don’t know anyone aside from my best friend and her husband (whom I live with). Another piece of this puzzle is that I don’t have a car. The bus stop is about a mile away, so I need to get a bus pass and get out and do things here in town… find some classes or book groups or something…

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Free Writing

Since one of the goals I have is to get back into writing, I have started free writing 1 page each day. Instead of coming up with writing ideas, however, the last couple of days my free writing has turned towards personal goals and dreams long forgotten or pushed aside. There is one dream in particular that has been at the back of my mind forever… it’s still there and came up yesterday in my first free writing session. It combines my career experience with two of my passions, so I have to believe that it’s still there for a reason… and I fully intend to explore it further. I feel confident that I can achieve it sometime in the next 5-10 years.

I have so many goals and hopes right now, I am confident that they will all come together, yet a little scared at the same time. Basically they hinge on how quickly I find a job… and I really hope it’s soon! I have an interview this week and I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is the one… if it is, then everything should come together in the next few months. So if you’re out there reading this, think good thoughts and say a little prayer for me!

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