An Epic Return…Sort Of

I know I neglected the blog for quite a long while, but I’ve had quite a time of it. Let me fill you in.

2013 was a hectic year. The radio station let me go due to budget cuts in a failing rural economy. I spent the summer unemployed and heartbroken. In the fall, I started working at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in the Surveillance Department. And, of course, I was helping Mom take care of Grandma.

This year has been the hardest year of my 23. In February, I caught a gastrointestinal virus that had me vomiting for five days straight. I couldn’t keep water down, so I became dehydrated. My kidneys started to shut down. I was admitted to Mission hospital, my first hospitalization since birth. I stayed for two days. IV fluids got me back to normal.

The next week, I was back at Mission visiting Grams. She passed into the Spirit World on March 16th at the age of 70. I miss her terribly.

Over the next six months, I was admitted to the Academy of Art University’s MA Fashion Journalism program. I moved into my grandmother’s house. I had three car accidents, six more deaths, and friends diagnosed with cancer. Also, a friend in a horrible car accident that fractured her pelvis in seven places and required three surgeries. She had to learn how to walk again. And my cousin, shortly after giving birth to a healthy baby girl, developed Bell’s Palsey and a pulmonary embolism as complications from the birth.

Finally, last week, the chaos seemed to stop. Thank the Creator! I am currently enrolled in 6 credit hours with the Academy: Dynamics of Fashion and Essential Editing Skills. I currently have A’s in both classes. And I hope to share some of my editing work with you here after finals.

I love my home. I love my family and friends. I love my studies. I’m in a healthy, happy, loving relationship. But I am not happy with my day job. So keep up with me to see where the next stop on the journey might be!

So, what do you do when you have a phenomenal resume and no prospects?

That is a very personal choice. A choice I’m having to make. I’m still living at home, helping care for my grandmother. Working part time at a job that I love but the fact that its part time means I’m still financially dependent, which is not the ideal scenario.

While I am actively seeking opportunity, applying to everything I’m mostly qualified for, I’m facing the facts. 1) I’ve been actively searching for over a year for full time work. 2) I’m getting minimal response to my applications. 3) This is my time to shine and chase my dreams.

Which leaves me two options. I can keep looking for full time work and hope and pray and plea with the gods that I get something, or I can go to graduate school. And suddenly I’m thinking “I just graduated, do I really want to go back?” The internal answer is, while I miss the academic atmosphere, I don’t miss the deadlines and all nighters, but clearly my current resume is not enough to put me on top of the stack, so I need something more.

But is a Masters degree going to be enough to get me a full time job in a field that prefers experience to academia? I simply don’t know. Life is a gamble. Do I have the guts to let it ride? Maybe. Just maybe.

My Life After College

Well, I’m still looking for work. Surprise surprise. I’m taking on a lot of personal projects to learn my way around new software and to beef up my portfolio.

I’m currently in Las Vegas this week with my mother, she has a Human Resources conference. It’s my first time out here without my grandmother. So how have I been spending my alone time in Sin City? Well, Shopping at Planet Hollywood, Spa Day at Bally’s, dinner in Paris, hair color at Color by Michael Boychuck in Caesars Palace, makeover in Chanel at Bellagio, and tonight dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant in Paris followed by Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere. Okay, so I’m with mom for some of that but…tomorrow we’re going out to the Western Rim of the Grand Canyon owned and operated by the Hualapai Nation. I will be taking several photos.

And when I get back on Friday? I will cry and hug my yorkie and mourn the loss of Jasper, a collie/shepherd pound puppy I’ve had since I was 7 who passed away in his sleep at the age of 13 yesterday. I’ve broken down three times today, because our pets are family in every capacity, and he waited until I was out of town to let himself go. I knew it was coming, but I thought I had one more year with him. Just like that, another link to my grandfather and my childhood is gone.

I am still studying for the GRE which I take sometime in July. Brushing up on the math section mostly. I’m looking at Coastal Carolina University and UNC-Charlotte for either a journalism or creative writing masters. If I can’t get hired, may as well go back to school.

As for Wind Song, Stefani is taking the summer off, interning in Franklin, NC, and looking for a new co-host. I hope to be involved in the process for the life of the show.