In the last couple of weeks, my life has been flipped upside down. Not in a bad way at all, but all good things, rather. However, it has been a series of life changing events happening one after another. Two weeks ago, I accepted and started a full time job in Marketing. For those of you who don't know, I graduated a little over a year ago with one degree in Marketing and another in Business Management. Looking for jobs was becoming increasingly discouraging as it seemed like even entry level positions still required/preferred a few years of experience in your field. And, despite working all through high school, and working my way through college, I still didn't have the experience that many of these companies were still trying to get out of their entry level positions.
On top of a competitive job market, I was also dealing with issues with my current job. I was working part-time at a credit union. And despite my education, they continued to find reasons not to move me up or promote me within the company. I was a great employee. I worked hard, never called in, was always on time, and picked up any extra hours that needed me too. However, there was always some excuse as to why I "wasn't a good fit" for any of the positions I was trying to get. I was under qualified, over qualified, didn't have experience, etc. This made me more and more frustrated with my current job, and on top of it all, 9.75 an hour, 20 hours a week, wasn't helping me pay any bills.
However, I had an interview and was offered a position in Industry Marketing two weeks ago. So far, I'm loving it and getting great experience. I got to help shoot a commercial last week, and I met Ty Pennington from Extreme Home Makeover.
A week after I started my new job, my boyfriend was offered a new job in his field (IT) as well, and he proposed at the end of the week. So, now I am engaged and I have a wedding to try to plan. We want to shoot for August-September of next year and use the African safari I won in auction as our honeymoon trip.
On top of all of this, both of our jobs ended up being on the opposite side of town from where we were living. And in Houston, 'the opposite side of town’ is about an hour and 15 minutes away. Fortunate for us my fiancé’s parents live on the side of town that our new jobs are on, and they're letting us stay for a while. "US" also includes our two cats and our ferret...and mixed with their two dachshunds it's basically a three ring circus. BUT...we are going to collect a couple pay stubs each and then begin looking for (hopefully) a rent house, if not, maybe another apartment.
For now, the taxidermy, art, and most of my other endeavors are on a temporary hold. However, I do have a few things that I did before all the crazy stuff happened that I will hopefully get a chance to upload in the near future. I have barely been on the computer in the last week as I have been trying to adjust to a full-time work day, work on moving out of our old apartment, and chase my ferret around to make sure she isn't getting into anything naughty in this big house.
As a side note...I made an account on Weasyl. If you’re a member there, you can add me if you’d like. www.weasyl.com/~paintedonspots
Unfortunately, I happened to make the account right before I started my new job, but I do plan on using this site for my flat art more when I get settled in a new home and with my new job.