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30 June

Yesterday I applied for five jobs via a job site I signed up with on Saturday. Doing more management of the sites today.

Am still in a state of undecidedness about the where part of the equation, still interested in Incline, but not sure I can make the money side of it work.

Wanted: a small mountain community, quaint pedestrian-friendly downtown with cafes, shops, farmers market on Saturday, a Catholic church, a community that has a positive sense of place, affordable house prices ($250K - $350K). A place you want to call home. photo credit: Frisco, CO

30 June

Yesterday I applied for five jobs via a job site I signed up with on Saturday. Doing more management of the sites today.

Am still in a state of undecidedness about the where part of the equation, still interested in Incline, but not sure I can make the money side of it work.

Wanted: a small mountain community, quaint pedestrian-friendly downtown with cafes, shops, farmers market on Saturday, a Catholic church, a community that has a positive sense of place, affordable house prices ($250K - $350K). A place you want to call home. photo credit: Frisco, CO

30 June

Yesterday I applied for five jobs via a job site I signed up with on Saturday. Doing more management of the sites today.

Am still in a state of undecidedness about the where part of the equation, still interested in Incline, but not sure I can make the money side of it work.

Wanted: a small mountain community, quaint pedestrian-friendly downtown with cafes, shops, farmers market on Saturday, a Catholic church, a community that has a positive sense of place, affordable house prices ($250K - $350K). A place you want to call home. photo credit: Frisco, CO

27 June

Today I systematically work my way through a list of online job sites, recruiter sites, specialist sites, creating accounts and posting my resume. It feels great to be productive, though I've realised that there are many, many places to visit. This is a first step, to get my resume out there, to make my presence known. Next comes the follow up, as I know there are millions of others who are doing the same each day in the job hunt. Of course there are also millions of others who are not making the effort. So I'm one step ahead of them!

Interesting tidbit I pick up today: Google: best job search sites returned a host of interesting articles and sites that provide a list of the best job search sites to quickly determine where to post

Also heard from my realtor in Incline Village today about the foreclosure market there which is bringing houses closer to my price range.

BTW, it's pouring rain in sunny FLA, a good day for online endeavors.

27 June

Today I systematically work my way through a list of online job sites, recruiter sites, specialist sites, creating accounts and posting my resume. It feels great to be productive, though I've realised that there are many, many places to visit. This is a first step, to get my resume out there, to make my presence known. Next comes the follow up, as I know there are millions of others who are doing the same each day in the job hunt. Of course there are also millions of others who are not making the effort. So I'm one step ahead of them!

Interesting tidbit I pick up today: Google: best job search sites returned a host of interesting articles and sites that provide a list of the best job search sites to quickly determine where to post

Also heard from my realtor in Incline Village today about the foreclosure market there which is bringing houses closer to my price range.

BTW, it's pouring rain in sunny FLA, a good day for online endeavors.

27 June

Today I systematically work my way through a list of online job sites, recruiter sites, specialist sites, creating accounts and posting my resume. It feels great to be productive, though I've realised that there are many, many places to visit. This is a first step, to get my resume out there, to make my presence known. Next comes the follow up, as I know there are millions of others who are doing the same each day in the job hunt. Of course there are also millions of others who are not making the effort. So I'm one step ahead of them!

Interesting tidbit I pick up today: Google: best job search sites returned a host of interesting articles and sites that provide a list of the best job search sites to quickly determine where to post

Also heard from my realtor in Incline Village today about the foreclosure market there which is bringing houses closer to my price range.

BTW, it's pouring rain in sunny FLA, a good day for online endeavors.

A Difference in Perception

Can you see what I see? When I wrote last week's post about 'Nothingness' I wondered if anyone else would really understand what I was trying to say, or even understand the mental quicksand that I sometimes sink into staring off into that alluring patch of blue sky. Until that sickening moment when I realise that it's the same blue sky I've been staring at for years.


Can we expect others to really understand our perception of events? Earlier today I read an essay by Ana Menendez in which she describes the genesis of her latest novel (memoir?) The Last War, which details the dissolution of a marriage, and was inspired the dissolution of her own marriage. While it is not uncommon that authors draw from real life experience for inspiration, after reading her essay I wondered at how thin the veil between fiction and non-fiction might actually be.

And then I thought about how fiction might be used by an author to explore one's life from the safety of the omnipotent na…

23 June

Completing my new improved resume has energized me. For the past two days I have been posting my new resume on job boards, replacing the old with the new on current boards, and applying to jobs that more closely match my interests. What a refreshing change!

A friend recently returned from a holiday in Victor, Idaho (on the other side of the pass from one of my favorite places in the world Jackson Hole, Wyoming). He was so enthralled with the beauty of the place that he is now looking into buying a second home there. Another acquaintence of my mine, after a 2 1/2 year search, has just purchased and moved into a new home right around the corner. Two extremes in timelines but one commonality, they made the move. And that's what I want to do, I don't want to move, I want to own. I still don't know where I am going in September, but I am going west.

23 June

Completing my new improved resume has energized me. For the past two days I have been posting my new resume on job boards, replacing the old with the new on current boards, and applying to jobs that more closely match my interests. What a refreshing change!

A friend recently returned from a holiday in Victor, Idaho (on the other side of the pass from one of my favorite places in the world Jackson Hole, Wyoming). He was so enthralled with the beauty of the place that he is now looking into buying a second home there. Another acquaintence of my mine, after a 2 1/2 year search, has just purchased and moved into a new home right around the corner. Two extremes in timelines but one commonality, they made the move. And that's what I want to do, I don't want to move, I want to own. I still don't know where I am going in September, but I am going west.

23 June

Completing my new improved resume has energized me. For the past two days I have been posting my new resume on job boards, replacing the old with the new on current boards, and applying to jobs that more closely match my interests. What a refreshing change!

A friend recently returned from a holiday in Victor, Idaho (on the other side of the pass from one of my favorite places in the world Jackson Hole, Wyoming). He was so enthralled with the beauty of the place that he is now looking into buying a second home there. Another acquaintence of my mine, after a 2 1/2 year search, has just purchased and moved into a new home right around the corner. Two extremes in timelines but one commonality, they made the move. And that's what I want to do, I don't want to move, I want to own. I still don't know where I am going in September, but I am going west.

19 June

I'm proud of myself! I completed my resume revision / overhaul today. Despite my initial fears and even some trepidation at points, I found the experience to be creative and freeing. In the past, I chose careers in business / sales because I thought they were 'safer' than pursuing my passion for books. This week as I revised, I purposely focused on tweaking my resume with a new career in mind. This felt incredibly liberating, like beginning a new path and the impetus to do things differently this time, to pursue my interests instead of the safety of 'should do'. I've already found a couple jobs I want to apply for with this new resume and outlook in mind....we'll see what happens next.

Have a great weekend.
photo credit: The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (xbox)

19 June

I'm proud of myself! I completed my resume revision / overhaul today. Despite my initial fears and even some trepidation at points, I found the experience to be creative and freeing. In the past, I chose careers in business / sales because I thought they were 'safer' than pursuing my passion for books. This week as I revised, I purposely focused on tweaking my resume with a new career in mind. This felt incredibly liberating, like beginning a new path and the impetus to do things differently this time, to pursue my interests instead of the safety of 'should do'. I've already found a couple jobs I want to apply for with this new resume and outlook in mind....we'll see what happens next.

Have a great weekend.
photo credit: The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (xbox)

19 June

I'm proud of myself! I completed my resume revision / overhaul today. Despite my initial fears and even some trepidation at points, I found the experience to be creative and freeing. In the past, I chose careers in business / sales because I thought they were 'safer' than pursuing my passion for books. This week as I revised, I purposely focused on tweaking my resume with a new career in mind. This felt incredibly liberating, like beginning a new path and the impetus to do things differently this time, to pursue my interests instead of the safety of 'should do'. I've already found a couple jobs I want to apply for with this new resume and outlook in mind....we'll see what happens next.

Have a great weekend.
photo credit: The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (xbox)

17 June

I had a breakthrough today. I'm working on my resume. Not just looking at books about resumes or reading job postings on the web, actually revising my resume. I know this doesn't sound like a momentous event, but for the past month I have struggled with a fear block around this project. Every time I approached it I was struck by anxiety and the certainty that I was unqualified to do anything, that any job I actually wanted was beyond my reach so, really, why bother updating a useless resume.

Today, somehow, that didn't stop me from opening my files and getting to work. Sure, the old tape was still playing in the back of my mind, but it was competing with another soundtrack that said, 'hey, this isn't so bad, it might even be mildly entertaining.'

I want to do another shout-out to a book I mentioned in yesterday's blog: Start Where You Are, by Chris Gardner, the guy who inspired the movie The Pursuit of Happyness (based on his memoir). I have/will read many bo…

17 June

I had a breakthrough today. I'm working on my resume. Not just looking at books about resumes or reading job postings on the web, actually revising my resume. I know this doesn't sound like a momentous event, but for the past month I have struggled with a fear block around this project. Every time I approached it I was struck by anxiety and the certainty that I was unqualified to do anything, that any job I actually wanted was beyond my reach so, really, why bother updating a useless resume.

Today, somehow, that didn't stop me from opening my files and getting to work. Sure, the old tape was still playing in the back of my mind, but it was competing with another soundtrack that said, 'hey, this isn't so bad, it might even be mildly entertaining.'

I want to do another shout-out to a book I mentioned in yesterday's blog: Start Where You Are, by Chris Gardner, the guy who inspired the movie The Pursuit of Happyness (based on his memoir). I have/will read many bo…

17 June

I had a breakthrough today. I'm working on my resume. Not just looking at books about resumes or reading job postings on the web, actually revising my resume. I know this doesn't sound like a momentous event, but for the past month I have struggled with a fear block around this project. Every time I approached it I was struck by anxiety and the certainty that I was unqualified to do anything, that any job I actually wanted was beyond my reach so, really, why bother updating a useless resume.

Today, somehow, that didn't stop me from opening my files and getting to work. Sure, the old tape was still playing in the back of my mind, but it was competing with another soundtrack that said, 'hey, this isn't so bad, it might even be mildly entertaining.'

I want to do another shout-out to a book I mentioned in yesterday's blog: Start Where You Are, by Chris Gardner, the guy who inspired the movie The Pursuit of Happyness (based on his memoir). I have/will read many bo…

16 June

At Harvard they call the study period before final exams "Reading Days". It also describes where I am. Last night I finished Creative Careers for Unconventional People and today I've begun 48 Days to the Work You Love. In the car I'm listening to Start Where You Are.

Yes,there is a sameness about the career tests and job hunting strategies that each book offers. But if there is one Golden Rule it is this: Do What You Love. Each book sited personal stories and research that demonstrates that the people who are happiest and most successful in life have discovered what they love to do and found a way to incorporate that into their careers. Of course due to the constraints of talent or circumstances there also seems to be some limits in one's ability to make a financially viable career of one's passion. Which may be why one book suggested making it a hobby with a regular 9-5 job to pay the bills. Which I suppose is the fly in the ointment of Do What You Love and t…

16 June

At Harvard they call the study period before final exams "Reading Days". It also describes where I am. Last night I finished Creative Careers for Unconventional People and today I've begun 48 Days to the Work You Love. In the car I'm listening to Start Where You Are.

Yes,there is a sameness about the career tests and job hunting strategies that each book offers. But if there is one Golden Rule it is this: Do What You Love. Each book sited personal stories and research that demonstrates that the people who are happiest and most successful in life have discovered what they love to do and found a way to incorporate that into their careers. Of course due to the constraints of talent or circumstances there also seems to be some limits in one's ability to make a financially viable career of one's passion. Which may be why one book suggested making it a hobby with a regular 9-5 job to pay the bills. Which I suppose is the fly in the ointment of Do What You Love and t…

16 June

At Harvard they call the study period before final exams "Reading Days". It also describes where I am. Last night I finished Creative Careers for Unconventional People and today I've begun 48 Days to the Work You Love. In the car I'm listening to Start Where You Are.

Yes,there is a sameness about the career tests and job hunting strategies that each book offers. But if there is one Golden Rule it is this: Do What You Love. Each book sited personal stories and research that demonstrates that the people who are happiest and most successful in life have discovered what they love to do and found a way to incorporate that into their careers. Of course due to the constraints of talent or circumstances there also seems to be some limits in one's ability to make a financially viable career of one's passion. Which may be why one book suggested making it a hobby with a regular 9-5 job to pay the bills. Which I suppose is the fly in the ointment of Do What You Love and t…

The Peace of Nothingness

Here are the moments. I am at the beach or walking down an empty street in my neighborhood and then looking up at the sky, I am overwhelmed by stillness. I am engulfed in the timeless void of the moment, how the sky looks the same as it did years before in a similar moment and as it will years from now here or miles from here. In this timelessness I bob contentedly in a sea of nothingness where present and past and future are simultaneously before me and everything seems possible from the safe perspective of doing nothing.


I may tarry here too long because it is effortless and peaceful. This place could be a refuge of rest or healing, in the past it has been both for me. Yes, sometimes we need the luxury of this space that exists between time and commitments. It's comforting and comfortable, the elixir that helps us to forget our anxieties, the seduction of safety we never want to leave. There's nothing to be afraid of here, because nothing is ever undertaken or completed. The …

11 June

Baby steps

Even the smallest steps keeps my forward momentum going. That was my mantra today. I still haven't decided on a place but I trust that the answer will come by my moving date in September. I remember when I first went to Tahoe is was at the end of a cross-country trip in September, I found the place and then moved into my home there the first of November. So today, I spent time wandering around real estate websites in different locales, from Incline Village, to Midway, Utah, to the San Juan Islands off the coast of NW Washington state. (which ironically, is where I first planned to move when I left New York in 1994, you may also notice a similiarity in geographical themes between here and Tahoe, they both feature water and mountains). I have a friend visiting for the weekend so no more updates 'til Monday. Have a great weekend.

11 June

Baby steps

Even the smallest steps keeps my forward momentum going. That was my mantra today. I still haven't decided on a place but I trust that the answer will come by my moving date in September. I remember when I first went to Tahoe is was at the end of a cross-country trip in September, I found the place and then moved into my home there the first of November. So today, I spent time wandering around real estate websites in different locales, from Incline Village, to Midway, Utah, to the San Juan Islands off the coast of NW Washington state. (which ironically, is where I first planned to move when I left New York in 1994, you may also notice a similiarity in geographical themes between here and Tahoe, they both feature water and mountains). I have a friend visiting for the weekend so no more updates 'til Monday. Have a great weekend.

11 June

Baby steps

Even the smallest steps keeps my forward momentum going. That was my mantra today. I still haven't decided on a place but I trust that the answer will come by my moving date in September. I remember when I first went to Tahoe is was at the end of a cross-country trip in September, I found the place and then moved into my home there the first of November. So today, I spent time wandering around real estate websites in different locales, from Incline Village, to Midway, Utah, to the San Juan Islands off the coast of NW Washington state. (which ironically, is where I first planned to move when I left New York in 1994, you may also notice a similiarity in geographical themes between here and Tahoe, they both feature water and mountains). I have a friend visiting for the weekend so no more updates 'til Monday. Have a great weekend.

10 June

I've come to the library again after work tonight. Each day this week I have focused on describing the career I want or finding career descriptions that I will be able to use in my updated resume. My desire is to find a career involving books. Ultimately, to be a published writer, in the interim to work with books. On Monday, I went through the Publishers Lunch database of job postings to find out where jobs in publishing were and what skills they required. Needless to say, like any business they require every aspect of a traditional business from finance, to sales, to marketing, to producing the product, editorial. Given this, there should be a variety of ways for me to enter the industry. The challenge is how to convey my skills from previous work experience in my resume to make me a contender for one of these jobs. Or to find a job in another industry that uses the skills I enjoy within that particular industry.

At the library I am once again reading The Career Guide for Creativ…

10 June

I've come to the library again after work tonight. Each day this week I have focused on describing the career I want or finding career descriptions that I will be able to use in my updated resume. My desire is to find a career involving books. Ultimately, to be a published writer, in the interim to work with books. On Monday, I went through the Publishers Lunch database of job postings to find out where jobs in publishing were and what skills they required. Needless to say, like any business they require every aspect of a traditional business from finance, to sales, to marketing, to producing the product, editorial. Given this, there should be a variety of ways for me to enter the industry. The challenge is how to convey my skills from previous work experience in my resume to make me a contender for one of these jobs. Or to find a job in another industry that uses the skills I enjoy within that particular industry.

At the library I am once again reading The Career Guide for Creativ…

10 June

I've come to the library again after work tonight. Each day this week I have focused on describing the career I want or finding career descriptions that I will be able to use in my updated resume. My desire is to find a career involving books. Ultimately, to be a published writer, in the interim to work with books. On Monday, I went through the Publishers Lunch database of job postings to find out where jobs in publishing were and what skills they required. Needless to say, like any business they require every aspect of a traditional business from finance, to sales, to marketing, to producing the product, editorial. Given this, there should be a variety of ways for me to enter the industry. The challenge is how to convey my skills from previous work experience in my resume to make me a contender for one of these jobs. Or to find a job in another industry that uses the skills I enjoy within that particular industry.

At the library I am once again reading The Career Guide for Creativ…

Waiting

This weekend I met my best friend for coffee and we spent a couple hours talking as we do a couple times a month. This friend and I have known each other for years so we have a comparative history upon which our current conversation casts its reflection. Our meetings are comfortably the same, we meet for coffee at a local bookstore and flip through magazines while chatting about whatever pops into our minds. At some point in the conversation things will veer into deeper waters and we'll check in with one another about ongoing dreams or projects each has underway. Her adoption, my move.

Since we're both single, 40-something women, our perspective on these things tends to be a bit different than our married friends or our friends with children. The decisions can be made in a vacuum, without consulting another for their recommendations or objections, there aren't the needs of another to consider. Which should make the decision making process or the project undertaking easier, …

6 June

Got up this morning ate breakfast, went for a run, did some laundry, walked the dogs, and then headed off to the library. Decided to decidate the day to those career guides I've checked out of the library but avoided reading. Tucked into The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People, by Carol Eikleberry. Despite its dorky title, it's one of the most useful and informative career guides I've read as it offers quick assessments, realistic stats, and encouragement. It pointed me to O*Net a very useful website that offers a variety of free occupational assessments and information. I took the career interest profile, based on the Holland test of career types. The test scores you according to six Holland career types: artistic, social, enterprising, investigative, realistic, and conventional. By selecting your interest or dis-interest to several career scenarios, your interests are ranked in each of six areas.Here is how I scored in each area:

Artistic 27
Investigative 7

6 June

Got up this morning ate breakfast, went for a run, did some laundry, walked the dogs, and then headed off to the library. Decided to decidate the day to those career guides I've checked out of the library but avoided reading. Tucked into The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People, by Carol Eikleberry. Despite its dorky title, it's one of the most useful and informative career guides I've read as it offers quick assessments, realistic stats, and encouragement. It pointed me to O*Net a very useful website that offers a variety of free occupational assessments and information. I took the career interest profile, based on the Holland test of career types. The test scores you according to six Holland career types: artistic, social, enterprising, investigative, realistic, and conventional. By selecting your interest or dis-interest to several career scenarios, your interests are ranked in each of six areas.Here is how I scored in each area:

Artistic 27
Investigative 7

6 June

Got up this morning ate breakfast, went for a run, did some laundry, walked the dogs, and then headed off to the library. Decided to decidate the day to those career guides I've checked out of the library but avoided reading. Tucked into The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People, by Carol Eikleberry. Despite its dorky title, it's one of the most useful and informative career guides I've read as it offers quick assessments, realistic stats, and encouragement. It pointed me to O*Net a very useful website that offers a variety of free occupational assessments and information. I took the career interest profile, based on the Holland test of career types. The test scores you according to six Holland career types: artistic, social, enterprising, investigative, realistic, and conventional. By selecting your interest or dis-interest to several career scenarios, your interests are ranked in each of six areas.Here is how I scored in each area:

Artistic 27
Investigative 7

05 June

Just a quick check in:
Each day this week I have either added to my resume work- in- progress and / or applied for jobs. Will do more of the same this weekend at the library. And of course I'll continue to look at houses!

05 June

Just a quick check in:
Each day this week I have either added to my resume work- in- progress and / or applied for jobs. Will do more of the same this weekend at the library. And of course I'll continue to look at houses!

05 June

Just a quick check in:
Each day this week I have either added to my resume work- in- progress and / or applied for jobs. Will do more of the same this weekend at the library. And of course I'll continue to look at houses!

3 June 09

I greatly appreciate the feedback I received on my last post. My decision is down to Tahoe/Incline Village versus Park City/Midway Utah. You've really captured my dilemma, it's a decision about whether I want more house or more location. I don't know the answer to that question, (I can frame arguments for both sides) so I'm going to put it on the back burner and let my subconscious stew on it for awhile.

In the interim, I'm focusing on the job hunt. The stars seem to be aligning in this direction and I am being subtly pushed to take baby steps, Exhibit A: Trish Ryan has started up year two of 40 Days of Faith, which I participated in last year and thoroughly enjoyed, the point of which is to focus on something we need to address and do so through prayer in a supportive community of others, and Exhibit B: today's post over at Notes to Self in which Kyran blogs about something she's been putting off and encourages us all to take the plunge today. But the grea…

3 June 09

I greatly appreciate the feedback I received on my last post. My decision is down to Tahoe/Incline Village versus Park City/Midway Utah. You've really captured my dilemma, it's a decision about whether I want more house or more location. I don't know the answer to that question, (I can frame arguments for both sides) so I'm going to put it on the back burner and let my subconscious stew on it for awhile.

In the interim, I'm focusing on the job hunt. The stars seem to be aligning in this direction and I am being subtly pushed to take baby steps, Exhibit A: Trish Ryan has started up year two of 40 Days of Faith, which I participated in last year and thoroughly enjoyed, the point of which is to focus on something we need to address and do so through prayer in a supportive community of others, and Exhibit B: today's post over at Notes to Self in which Kyran blogs about something she's been putting off and encourages us all to take the plunge today. But the grea…

3 June 09

I greatly appreciate the feedback I received on my last post. My decision is down to Tahoe/Incline Village versus Park City/Midway Utah. You've really captured my dilemma, it's a decision about whether I want more house or more location. I don't know the answer to that question, (I can frame arguments for both sides) so I'm going to put it on the back burner and let my subconscious stew on it for awhile.

In the interim, I'm focusing on the job hunt. The stars seem to be aligning in this direction and I am being subtly pushed to take baby steps, Exhibit A: Trish Ryan has started up year two of 40 Days of Faith, which I participated in last year and thoroughly enjoyed, the point of which is to focus on something we need to address and do so through prayer in a supportive community of others, and Exhibit B: today's post over at Notes to Self in which Kyran blogs about something she's been putting off and encourages us all to take the plunge today. But the grea…

Know When To Fold 'Em

Today I learned a valuable lesson about cutting one's losses. This morning I finally sold all my shares of General Motors after they announced bankruptcy. I know, the writing was on the wall, they've been talking about filing for bankruptcy for months, and certainly their fate became a certainty when Chrysler filed. And yet, I held on, stubbornly sure that since I drove one of their cars (my H3), owned their shares, and they were the biggest of the American car makers, they couldn't go down. But they did.


Oh I had chances to get out earlier, but the longer I held on, the more certain I became in my need to be right. A friend of mine who knows infinitely more about stocks then I ever will preaches the discipline of knowing when to walk away, not to become emotionally invested in a stock so that your perspective is clouded not by rational evidence, but by your own ego. And that's what happened here, I was enthralled with the possibility of 'what if' and 'maybe…