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Landing and Turning Down my First Job Offer

As I’ve recently graduated and found myself on the job market rather than continuing on with academia, I’ve been applying to a fair amount of jobs. Overall I haven’t had too much luck. I’m a creative(ish) in small-town midwest. There aren’t a ton of postings for people with my skills at the moment. The largest town near me is a hub of insurance companies and finance corporations. That being said, I’ve found some grant-writing positions to apply for as well as some outreach postings in the nonprofit sector. While I’d prefer to stay along that line of employment, I’m applying widely. Girl’s gotta work, ya know?

That led me to take an interview with a large national finance corporation, which will remain unnamed online. The interview went well and I was offered the position less than half an hour after it finished. The location worked well for me, the pay was about what I was looking for, and it would have started immediately. I turned it down. Why? Well, it sounded absolutely and mind-numbingly boring to me. All day everyday I would have been going through mortgages, adding up all of the fees, and making sure that was what people were actually charged. Important work, but not work I want to do. I want something a bit more creative. Something where I can interact with people at least a little bit. I may be an introvert, but I need human interaction beyond telling someone if there is an error in the numbers.

So, I remain unemployed. It’s only been about two weeks though, so I’d say I’m doing pretty well. Now if only I could get an interview with one of those creative-esq jobs I’m applying for.

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The Future is Unclear

The path does not have to be clear to take the next step.

This concept is not something I am comfortable with, but I must adapt. Up until now, I always roughly knew what came next. School led to more school which led to college. That was the path, and I did well on it. It was only when graduation began to loom that my friends and I were truly diverging and going drastically different ways. Some moved out of state and got full time jobs. Some went to graduate school. Some went abroad for fullbrights or peacecorps. The world is opening up in a new way, and honestly, it is terrifying.

I had a plan. I was going to graduate school to get my masters in library and information science. I was going to start my way towards being a rare book librarian. And then I wasn’t.

School is expensive, but with most graduate programs you get funding by being a teaching assistant or research assistant. The problem with LIS is that there is no undergraduate degree so there really aren’t classes to TA for. RAs are often left to PhD candidates. The school I was going to had a fair amount of pre-professional graduate assistantships, but it is also a competitive school and I felt that competition while trying to land one of those coveted positions.

So no funding for me. Without that funding, I can’t afford the degree. I have to defer and get a 9-5 for now, and I am terrified. This was never in the plan and I didn’t prepare to go into the job market this early, but I am. I am taking this side-quest, and I think I will be better for it, but the future is so unclear right now.

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Two Awards! Woah!

The lovely Mary from Mary’s Average Adventures has nominated me for two awards! This is always very exciting because it’s nice to know that other people like your blog, and I simply adore answering questions. (then I don’t have to think up things to write about, it’s selfish, I know)

The Kind Blogger Award

It is asked that you have an image of the blog, continue with the nominations, and answer the following questions:

1.) Why is kindness and giving support so important? I simply don’t understand being unkind. Now that’s not to say that I am the picture of perfection when it comes to kindness, but I am very conscious to the point of anxious about being unkind to others. I’ve known unkindness and I’ve witnessed extreme unkindness, and let me tell you, it’s more damaging than most know. I just have no desire to bring about that sort of pain. There’s enough bad things in the world without creating more of it.

2.) What is your favorite thing about helping others? I’m a big believer that the more you help others, the more they will help others. I’ve seen it happen people. Positively impacting someone’s life often leads to them doing the same for someone else.

3.) What do you think is the best movie for showing the importance of kindness? Hmmm…I don’t know. I hate to steal the one Mary used, but Pay it Forward really is all about being kind to others.

4.) If you could give one inspirational message, what would it be? Every person is worth love. I’m not necessarily talking about romantic love, but rather being cherished by other human beings in a platonic or familial way. Even if you don’t feel it or aren’t receiving it, you are worth being loved.

5.) Why did you start your blog and how long have you been blogging for? I’ve been blogging for about a year. I guess I started because I was super self-conscious about other people reading things I’ve written and I thought letting strangers read blog posts would help me allow people I do know read by critical papers. It has seemed to help, plus I really enjoy making friends through blogging. That wasn’t something I expected.

 

The Sandycademy Award

Also from Mary. Here are the questions to order for this award:

1) What story have you shared on your blog that you feel was the most inspirational! Oh gosh. I never particularly thought of my blog as being inspirational. I get the most hits on my book reviews, I also think it’s always helpful to talk about mental illness. I do hope that my writing about reusable menstrual products such as cloth pads and menstrual cups gets someone out there to use them, because I am so passionate about it.

2) What blog post have you found on here to be the most inspirational to you? Hmm…that’s a tough one. 

3) What is your favorite blog post you ever posted?  I think it’s the letter I wrote to my 13 year old self.

4) What is the nicest thing you did for someone? I don’t know that I’ve ever done grand gestures, though I do just try and be a generally nice person. I also raise money for Dance Marathon, an organization that provides financial and emotional support for pediatric oncology patients though, and I think that’s pretty nice.

5) What gives you hope and happiness when you feel down? Hugs and chocolate. 

6) What is your favorite song? Anything by Hozier. Seriously, I need more artists like him.

7) What is your favorite movie? Pride and Prejudice.

8) What is your favorite coping strategy? Yoga and tea!

9) What do you like most about yourself? My work ethic (though sometimes it goes a bit too far and makes me stressed).

10) Where do you see yourself in five years?  Either still pursuing advanced degrees or working somewhere. Hopefully happy.

11) What is your favorite thing to do in summer? Read outside or go on walks when it’s not too hot and humid. 

12) Who is the most important person in your life? It depends on what I need at the time. I know that’s a lame question 

13) Who makes you happy most in life? A sense of community/acceptance.

 

I’m not going to nominate people like I should because I find it a tad too stressful right now, and I have no intentions of doing things that stress me out if I don’t need to.

 

Anywho, a big thank you to Mary, who is super lovely. Y’all should check her blog out. I loved answering these questions.

 

Until next time,

Katie

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An Introduction to Cloth Pads

It’s that time of the month again-the first day of my period. (TMI for most, I know, but I am unashamed.) In between cramps, I realized that I long ago wrote my post introducing the idea of reusable menstrual products and one on menstrual cups and some of the benefits of ditching the disposables but never got around to doing one on cloth pads. Shame on me.

I’ve already talked about why I turned my back on disposable menstrual products forever in my previous posts, but now I’ll talk a bit more specifically on what it is about cloth pads that I simply adore. Continue reading “An Introduction to Cloth Pads”

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An Introduction to Menstrual Cups

As with the last time I talked about that ever taboo topic of menstruation, I’m going to give you a heads up that if you are uncomfortable with that, feel free to turn back now. Personally I think that even if you are uncomfortable with it, you should just embrace that uneasy feeling, learn more about female bodies, and become comfortable with the topic of menstruation, but maybe that’s just me.

I’ve finally been using reusable menstrual products long enough to feel like I have a good enough grasp to write about it. Continue reading “An Introduction to Menstrual Cups”

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The Overwhelming Option of Studying Abroad

Ever since I was about twelve, I knew I wanted to study abroad. It just seemed like such a sweet deal — getting to live in a foreign country while learning. How could it get any better? Ever since, the only problem has been that I didn’t know where I wanted to go. There’s a whole world out there, so how could I possibly settle on just one? Continue reading “The Overwhelming Option of Studying Abroad”