Posted on: January 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm. 4 comments
(and I just can’t hide it! I’m about to lose control and I think I like it, WOAAAA!)
Last week, I posted about getting excited for things and having them not work out. It’s happened so many times in the past, though there have also been a few select (and AMAZING) times that it did work out.
As I’ve posted before, I’ve been looking for a co-op job. I’ve applied to some all over, both far away and close. In my head, I wanted one either far enough away to move or close enough to not have a super long commute. Ideally though, far away. I am just at a place in my life where I need to get away from everything that I know, the people here, the house I’ve lived in my whole life.. and just BE ON MY OWN for awhile. So, back in December I applied for a job in Owen Sound. And when I told my friend Danielle (who is pretty much in the same place emotionally-needs to get away- as I am), she said she’d come with me if/when I got the job. And then we got really excited about it. Before I even knew about an interview.
When I found out about the interview, we celebrated being one step closer. She came with me to the interview, and we fell in love with the city. They told me at the end of the interview that I should hear something later that week, or early next (which is this week). I got a call before I even made it home (it was a 2.5 hour drive back) saying they were really pleased with the interview and just needed references. My main reference was on vacation until Monday, so they were waiting. Then there was a snow storm Monday and I don’t think he was in to work, and Tuesday I got an e-mail from the co-op office saying they’d get back to me later this week. I was really hopeful (I mean, if they went through so much effort to get a hold of my references, they had to be interested, right?) but also started to get worried that it wasn’t going to happen. That I had got TOO EXCITED.
I had told Danielle (since she was just as excited as me) that I would call her THE SECOND I found out, and freak out to her. Cut to about 4:30 this afternoon. We had went to Wastewise earlier that day and bought some AWESOME stuff, such as a cheap OLD sewing machine that WORKS, frames, cork boards, something to turn into a menu, etc. We also bought a martini glass/pitcher set. It looks like this:
We thought it was super cute, but we didn’t really have a use for it. We didn’t know if we’d be moving, so if it didn’t end up working out… what would we do with these? BUT, the set was only $3 so we decided to just go for it. So we get back to her house, start painting some of the stuff we bought and working on other projects. She had JUST went out to the garage to do a second coat of chalkboard paint for our future menu, and my phone rang. I knew IMMEDIATELY from the area code that it was Owen Sound, and proceeded to jump around three different rooms while answering/trying to sound normal. I
spastically super calmly got her attention to let her know who it was on the phone, and the HR rep let me know that they wanted to verbally offer me the job.
So, I’m moving to Owen Sound. I have a tentative start date of February 19th, which gives us just over two weeks to find a place/move in. We have looked and there are places available right now, we just need to go see some of them before actually choosing one. I don’t honestly remember most of what she said on the phone because I was jumping up and down and overall freaking out. She said they would send me an actual offer package via e-mail by the end of this week. This COULD NOT HAVE COME at a better time. I need to get away from here for awhile. All of my friends have mostly moved away for school/their own co-op jobs, and even the ones that still live in town are pretty busy most of the time. It’s a for-sure 8 month position, with a possibility of 12 months, meaning I will be there until either September or December.
I could not be any more excited right now.
Posted on: January 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm. 1 comment
I came across this picture on Pinterest yesterday:
It couldn’t have explained my take on this year any better. This is my year. Since it’s already begun and I don’t believe in regrets, that brings us to honing personal style. I know it’s only two weeks in, but one of my resolutions this year is to wear WHATEVER I want. I haven’t had a chance to do this so far (no work or school leaves me with not going out too much) but I always worry way too much about what other people think of what I’m wearing. What they think doesn’t matter, it’s what I think that matters.
I’m combining to love and simplify because I’m a simplifying my life by taking out those I no longer love. Certain people no longer in my life may still be trying to weasel their way in, but with the help of a friend dealing with the exact same thing (with the exact same person none the less) it’s much easier to leave it in the past. Why give up something AWESOME for something that will only end badly?
I’ve already gone on one adventure with Danielle We spent all of Sunday driving around southern Ontario to find abandoned places including an old restaurant, two schools, a factory & somewhat of a lighthouse. I got some AMAZING pictures that I’m still working on going through/editing/resizing, but once I get through all 500+ of them, I’ll definitely be posting some! We have many more things planned that I’m super excited for.
My outlook has slowly been changing over more than just this year. I’m not nearly as negative as I used to be. I’m actually disgustingly optimistic. I’m nothing like the person I was three years ago, except for my name and where I live (and even that will hopefully change soon).
Tomorrow, I have another co-op job interview. It’s about a 45 minute drive away (in Hamilton) which isn’t ideal but at this point, I’ll pretty much take anything. Through all the struggles for finding a job, I still don’t regret turning down the one job I was offered because it wasn’t what was best for me. I wish that the job in Owen Sound I applied to would put out the interview schedule sooner so I could know about that before this one, but at this point I’m not going to be choosy. It feels weird to be out of school for this long, but I’m hoping that once I start working it won’t be so weird. A whole year before I have to go back to school…. it’s going to be weird. But hopefully I’ll love what I do.
But through it all, I’ll always be me.