I haven't posted in a year, and there's a lot of reasons why. I'll do my best to summarize the main points as briefly as possible so I can get back to what this blog was intended for - less about my personal life and more about representing and supporting blue collar women around the world.
I had a work related injury in the summer of 2014. It was not recorded properly by my supervisor, which created a massive amount of problems and delays in the process of obtaining worker's compensation. I went months, literally months without any money coming in. My stress, depression, and anxiety were added to the physical complications, and I ended up having to contact a lawyer to help with the worker's compensation case. A year later, I am still in limbo, and still haven't received any compensation for the months I was unable to work due to the injury.
In November I moved from California to Minnesota. There were significant life changes that I went through that prompted this move, and although I did not have everything settled with my worker's compensation case, the move was necessary. I was hoping for a fresh start here, closer to friends and family.
I took a seasonal job delivering packages over the holiday season. It was great to get back to work and while I still had issues with my back from time to time, I was very proud of the work I did and I always felt accomplished at the end of the day when all the deliveries had been made. That is one of the things I love most about working blue collar jobs, the personal satisfaction of a hard days work literally radiates through your body and you get not only a mental release but a physical relief when the workday is done.
After the holiday season I was back job hunting, and ended up taking a temporary position as an Executive Assistant. This job definitely didn't fit into my normal category of work. It was a desk job and while I was extremely efficient and effective with any and all tasks that I was given, I'm actually grateful it was only temporary. I was completely miserable every day and when it ended, it only fueled my desire to find a job that was more true to myself and my needs.
Since then I've been applying for jobs again but I'm very particular in only applying for ones which peak my interest and are something I can see myself enjoying. All of the jobs I've been applying for are blue collar jobs. As much as I desire having a job at the management level, I don't think I would enjoy anything that has me stuck behind a desk again. So I'm working my way up from the ground again, trying to find something in the technician field or something similar. I have a few leads and I'm really excited to see where this new journey in my life takes me.
Stay true to yourself and your desires when it comes to finding a career. Don't settle for anything less than you are worth. What matters is your sense of happiness, not just the cents in your bank account. Don't give up looking for a job that gives you both.