Finding My Dream Job

One of our goals for moving to Arizona was to go after our dreams in all aspects of our lives…especially our careers.  This is something I’ve struggled on for months.  “What is my dream job?  What do I want to do?” My first thought was doing something in social media.  My next thought, “I have no actual education in this field.  How do I make this happen?” Soon enough I found that getting into the field was going to be a serious challenge.  Most every posting required a bachelor’s degree or some other roadblock.  I became disheartened, but kept looking.  In the meantime I’ve continued using my acquired degree in the veterinary field as a registered veterinary technician in the practice setting as I’ve done over the past 10 years.

Several years ago I stepped away from working as a full-time technician for many reasons.  Since starting back as a full-time technician I’m reminded on a daily basis why I originally stepped away from the field.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a technician and believe that most people would say that I excel at my career, but it comes along with much more than people can imagine.  With that being said, I kept my eyes, ears, and mind open to possibilities that may come my way.  And yes, I even recited, “At this moment I am attracting the right career that’s perfect for me,” on a daily basis.

I have been pretty frank in regards to the challenges we’ve faced in the 6 months since we began our Arizona Adventure.  It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve kept our chins up and kept the love and positive energy flowing. We knew our time would come. I think that time is just beginning. I’ve been pretty hush hush about some personal things lately because A) I didn’t want to jinx it. B) I need to be professional and keep some things private (we’ve all heard the horror stories when it comes to social media/job searches, right?)  But the time has finally come that I get to share: D and I are both in the midst of some big career changes.  Hooray!

D has worked in customer service in the corporate setting is heading back into the field. This takes him out out of the elements, is much kinder to his body, and a bit higher paying. In addition, his band is currently in the studio recording and they hope to begin playing shows and touring in the near future.

As for me, I’ve been through 2 interviews, had some interesting learning experiences, and had several “aha!” moments within the past week. Thanks to the heads up from Eric, I applied for an entry level social media position. To my surprise they contacted me for an interview. Almost simultaneously I was contacted by a large corporation for an interview for a position that would put my veterinary technician degree to use, but in a different way. As always I went into both situations with an open mind and as prepared as I could be.

My first interview was with the large corporation. I walked away excited about the position and pumped that I kicked butt in the interview.  When it came to the social media interview I felt intimidated going into the interview but presented myself in the best way I could.  I was genuine and remained true to myself. I realized quickly I wasn’t going to rock the interview but walked away with my head held high.  It was a wonderful learning experience and I am proud of myself for willing to go after it and put myself out there.  Like every other experience in our lives, I know in my heart this interview was placed in my life for a reason.  It was my sign that although I love social media now is not the time for me to go that route professionally.  I have since accepted the position with the large corporation and am stoked to start later this month. In a nutshell, I will be assisting their team of veterinarians who oversee pet quality and education throughout all of their stores. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to use my degree in a different capacity than I have ever done before and in a totally different setting as well.

I’ve never been lost along this journey but am more than willing to admit at times I’ve have found myself confused as to what direction I need to go.  Throughout the past several months I’ve taken a step back from my “buzzbomb mode”, started paying more attention to my surroundings, being less judgmental and more accepting of people and situations. In return I’m repeatedly reminded with small signs that the universe is moving.

I’m still learning the balance between “go go go” and “relax, let things fall into place”.  Progress does take hard work and determination.  However, I also need to understand and accept that life needs to fall into place and not be forced.

Is this my dream job?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that it feels right.  I’ve been living my life for 29 years and as with every new day, this is only the beginning.

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

Employers, Stop Looking For College Degrees!

I have finally secured a job here in Phoenix.  For professional reasons I never discuss my job position or location through social media platforms.  I will admit that although I am grateful for a job opportunity, the position I have accepted isn’t what I had hoped for.

I’m trying to stay positive and realize that this is all part of the journey.

One of the reasons we moved across country was to shoot for our dreams.  Needless to say finding jobs has been much harder than expected.  After countless resume submissions D has yet to find employment. If anyone knows anything about our past they know that we are not opposed to getting down and dirty or trying new things.  In addition, we are not too proud to take on positions that some others may think are lower than them. Not to mention, here you have D, a person that was willing to put his life on the line for our country, and yet he cannot secure a job. We’ve hit road block after road block.

One of the most frustrating experiences is that although I have a two-year degree, companies will not give me the time of day due to my lack of four-year degree. Don’t get my wrong, I understand the importance of a college education in certain circumstances, but in most of these job postings a four-year degree won’t help complete the job specifications.  It’s all about experience.  Mind you, I might not have the appropriate experience but neither does a new four-year college graduate either.

Some may say, “Well, you weren’t willing to put the time and energy into a college education.  You reap what you sow.” I hear that, however college isn’t for everyone. Not to mention, I did go to college, even if it was non-traditional.  I was prime college material.  I carried a 4.2 GPA through high school and a 4.0 through my degree program.  There’s a good chance that I could’ve chosen any field I wanted and dove in.  But that’s not what I wanted. I wanted real-life experiences.  I wanted to wake up every morning, ready to take on another day at a job that I loved.

EDIT: Someone posted the comment “a 4 year is an example of taking on a 4 year task and completing it. At which they had to show a certain level of aptitude.” I take note of this comment.  However, I would like to state this. My degree program was a “two year program”. What most people don’t know is that it took me longer to complete than a four year program.  I was working 45+ hours a week and continually working towards my degree. In addition, financial aid was not available so none of my education was financed.  I had to pay every dime out of my pocket without the assistance of loans.  There were many times I could have given up and thrown in the towel. But no, I had perseverance and determination to keep on.

I thought I had found that profession. But after 10 years I’ve found that although I excel in the field of my degree I now want to go in a different direction.  Unfortunately my degree is so specific that it is non transferable to other fields.

D and I have not given up on our dreams and I can guarantee we will keep striving until we achieve them.

What am I looking for?  I’m open to most anything but would love the ability to get my foot in the door in the profession of social media or some sort of marketing. Trust me when I say I have a proven track record.  In 2002 I was hired off the street with no knowledge of veterinary technician work whatsoever.  It didn’t take me long to excel at my field, gain an education/degree, earn my license, and go on to be a head registered veterinary technician. Given the chance and training I can guarantee I would not only meet an employers expectations, but exceed them.  And I know the exact same could be said about D.

Employers need to stop looking at degrees and start looking for people that have character, drive, and determination.

Feel free to check out my LinkedIn Profile…..

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

RFF – 2/3/12

Just like last week, I want to keep up with doing Random Facts Friday (RFF).  It just so happens that I was also tagged this week by Laura from Wife, Mother Athlete  and Heather from Running With Sass  to post random facts and to answer their questions.  I’ll answer their questions but won’t be tagging anyone.  (Feel free to tag yourself!) And, instead of doing the typical 11 facts, I’m going to go with 5 this week.  I plan on doing something like this as a weekly feature.

 1. I don’t wear makeup…ever.  Okay, this isn’t true.  I did go “Glambert” for an Adam Lambert show and then spiced it up when I went to an NKOTBSB show too. (You know you like my music choices ;)) Otherwise no makeup…ever.


2. At the age of 9 I joined 4H and began riding horses competitively.  As with my running I was into it for the fun and most often didn’t care how I placed.  In all honesty I didn’t have the most perfectly trained horses and I had several seasons of lackluster showing.  However, I did make it to the Ohio State Fair and placed 6th in my showmanship class one year.  Chances were you’d always find me in the running for Sportsman of the Year though.  My first horse was named Mattie.  We leased her for a year.  Then it was my Arabian/Quarter Horse Razha.  We owned him for several years.  And then there was my Palomino/Quarter Horse Ima Two Eyed Whimp AKA Wimpy.  I’d like to go into more detail on my riding experiences in another post.  In the meantime let’s just say I had a real connection with all 3 of them and now that I’m vegan I’m in a quandary of whether I even agree with riding horses.

My first show with Mattie when I was 9 years old



3. I focus way more on my bodily functions than most people do…I think.  Having a history of kidney stones I keep an eye on my hydration not only through my water intake.


4. I started to play cello in 5th grade then picked up trumpet in 7th.  I dropped orchestra once I was in high school due to lack of time in my schedule.  Although I was decent at trumpet and made 1st chair my senior year, it wasn’t my passion.  Band was fun but I never truly practiced my instrument.  I wonder how good I would’ve been if I’d have actually applied myself.  In hindsight I wish I would’ve stuck with the cello and dropped trumpet.  Ah well.  I would love to pick up cello again.

5. Growing up people made fun of my rather large chin and actually would call me “Chin”.  I hated it so much that I went to the orthodontist in hopes of having them re-align my jar/teeth to make it less drastic.  I don’t think it did much to change my chin, but I do have straight teeth, and have learned to accept my chin.  12 yrs later I still wear my retainers on a nightly basis.  I didn’t go through that pain for nothin’!


Questions From Laura:

1. What is your DREAM job? I’m still working on this idea.  If I could combine my passions of helping people, photography, and running that’d be great.

2. If you could live ANYWHERE where would you go? I’d be a nomad and travel before settling.  Don’t think I’d ever truly settle for more than a year or two

3. Tell us your BIGGEST secret! ha.. okay a smaller one you are willing to share. One of the first times I attempted to run was when we lived on the military base in New Orleans.  We had just gotten back from eating pizza and I took our dog, Viking, with me.  It was late, HOT and HUMID.  Halfway through my tummy started to rumble and the poo started comin’!  I hurried behind the barracks, popped a squat, and let loose. Thankfully it was dark out and I was able to keep Viking otherwise occupied.  Still a challenge!  Needless to say since I’ve started running this has happened more than once.  I’ve visited many bushes and public restrooms.  The BIGGEST part of this secret?  I’ve pooped my shorts on a run.  I’m not talking just poop, but a blowout. Thank God for cell phones and a speedy husband to come pick me up! And obviously this topic does not embarrass me at all…now, will I be peeing on my bike? Hmmmm

4. How often do you weigh yourself? I used to weigh myself daily…sometimes multiple times a day.  I became obsessed with the number.  Now, I rarely weight myself.  Once every few months maybe ??

5. Do you keep up w/ politics and current events? I try to by reading the local newspaper that’s provided at my work.  I don’t watch much tv but I get my info on the internet.

6. What is your favorite time of day? Morning.  Before sunrise.

7. How many hours do YOU sleep a night? In high school I slept 10 hours a night.  Nowadays it’s more like 6-8 hours.  Wish it was more.  This is something I’m working to change.

8. What is your BIGGEST lifetime goal / dream? I tend to make shorter-term goals/dreams and then make them happen.  Sometimes I call them my “pipe dreams” but I’ve been able to make most of them a reality.  For instance, going to NYC for the Macy’s day parade.  Current dream: going to Italy…making it happen in April.  Current goal: Half Rev3…making it happen September 2012

9. Would you consider yourself a half empty or half full type?  I’ve been both, but most often a half full.


10. Do you reduce, reuse, recycle? YES!! Our community isn’t very recycling-friendly, which bothers the heck out of me.  No curbside pick-up and they recently have closed many bins to take our recyclables to.  We still make the drive to bins farther away.  I’m can get kind of obsessed with recycling/reusing.  For instance I always carry reusable bags, we do not use paper towels in our house, and I have a glass straw…just to name a few things.

Our current stash of recycleables

11. Do you strength train? No -_- But it’s in the plans.


Questions from Heather:

1.) How long should you be engaged before you get married? Hmmm.  I don’t think it’s necessarily about time.  I didn’t really “go by the rules”. I married my husband after 2.5 years of being together (known each other for 5 years) and I was only 18 years old.  We’ll be married 10 years this summer.

July 2002

2.) Must read book? I’m a Twilight fan….

3.) Biggest pet peeve? Salivary noises when eating. I. Can’t. Handle. Them.

4.) What is your dream job? See above…

5.) Crushed ice or cubed? I chewed/sucked on ice constantly as a kid.  I never had and still don’t have access to crushed ice.  It’s almost like a delicacy when I go to someone’s house with an ice maker/crusher.

6.) Have you ever met anyone famous? When I worked at the animal hospital in New Orleans I met a few famous people and worked on their companion animals.  One of them: Trent Reznor.  His dog was very sick for about a month and either he or one of his friends was there at all times with the dog.  He was quiet, yet very nice.  After she recovered he sent huge boxes of Godiva chocolates.

7.) Favorite summer Olympic sport to watch? Gymnastics, swimming/diving, and now the Marathon.

8.) Salty or sweet? I have a sweet tooth but am also an equal opportunity kind of girl.

9.) Would you rather have an encounter with a bear or a mountain lion? Why? Bear, I guess.  Can’t you try to make yourself look bigger than them and they will go away?  I thought I read something about that.

10.) What was your favorite birthday party as a child? I’m going to have to say the one that my mom organized as a surprise birthday. I hadn’t seen many of my friends over the summer due to being involved in horse shows, so it was nice to see them all again.

11.) What size bed do you sleep in? King.  When we moved to Michigan we slept in the finished attic and our queen bed would not fit up the stairs.  So we went out and purchased 2 twin beds and put them together with a tempur-pedic pad over.  Even though we’ve moved we still have the same set up.  We love having a big bed.

Keep Smiling And Be Grateful =)

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