When I was a kid, one of my favorite Disney characters was Figment. Well, duh, because he is a dragon. But also because his mission statement, so to speak, was all about imagination.
I started writing stories when I was pretty young, maybe 10 years old. I’d also make my own comic books, movie posters, and radio show (via keyboard and totally rockin’ Fisher Price cassette player).
I always knew I wanted to do something creative with my life. I wrote for the school and town paper in high school, did theater and music, art, and photography.
Even in college I wanted to try as many different mediums as possible. Graduation was one of the best days of my life! I was so excited to get out there in the world and get a job. Heck, I’d started applying to jobs months before graduation. Even so, not many bites. Most offers wanted me immediately, though I was still in school, or wanted me as an intern. Again. My internship at the time offered me a job, but couldn’t wait the two weeks I had left to graduate. Back to New Hampshire I went in the meantime, filling in as a substitute teacher, and continuing with the writing.
When I did get my first full time job, I found it tough to juggle writing on the side, and wanted to focus on giving my main job 100%. But I missed writing, so I started this blog.
The past year has not been easy, career wise. I already wrote about being laid off. It’s been a little over a year since I was laid off for the first time. In February, I started another role that quickly became the subject of layoffs before I felt I could even dive into the job. Once again, I’ve found myself feeling a little stranded in the career zone. While some people may dream to have a big house, a fancy wedding, an expensive car…my goals were always work oriented. I remember being in elementary school and having a crushing fear that I would never accomplish all of the things I wanted to do –all of the things! So many!
Luckily, I have had pretty steady contract work, and lots of writing. It is tough not to get discouraged. I seem to have a knack for being at the receiving end of layoffs the week I renew my lease. Never have the words of The Clash seemed so true. My career and this city don’t seem to be getting along, but I’m not giving up. Who knows what will happen, or where I’ll be.
Aaliyah may have been my birthday twin–well, aside from my actual twin, Sarah–but those lyrics still ring true, all the way from 2000. Yeah! Try again!
So, on my 100th post, I’d just like to thank everyone who reads, who favorites, who shares, who retweets…
As much as I write to get it out of my system, I also love telling other people’s stories. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true.
Cheers, and here’s hoping!