As I’ve been working on my blog over the last several months, naturally, things have changed. My first blog post, discussing what 2020 looked like for me, was written from the heart. I always aim to be transparent so others can relate to something I share. I spent 8 long months furloughed, hoping that my company in Nashville would create either a remote position for me, or a position at one of our practices here in Ohio. While that didn’t happen, they generously extended my furlough to continue covering my health benefits.

While the year was coming to a close, in the back of my mind I knew that I’d need to have a job by December. One reason being for the sake of my sanity, and another being for health insurance coverage. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed having the flexibility to do things that I wanted each day. But, being a stay at home dog mom was not a goal of mine. I need a routine, I need to have more of a purpose, and I enjoy having my own income. I’ve always been rather disappointed in the United States’ health insurance situation and that only escalated once we entered into a pandemic state. Discussing healthcare reform will likely be another blog post in itself, HA!

A little back story I’d like to include is that local to the area is one of the largest Air Force bases in the world. My father works here, as do many of my friends. I submitted ZERO applications here, because I had no desire to work for the Government. Being a free-spirited person, it always seemed much too structured and regulated for my nature. I come from a long line of military, and have the upmost respect for them, but it was never my field of interest. Ironically enough, the role I’ve accepted is with a division of the Air Force, as a Civilian Contractor. I am not at liberty to discuss the division I work for, where we are located, or what we do. I’ve signed many more NDA’s than I did working in Healthcare, and have passed the security investigation to receive the clearance that is required. I never imagined being in a professional setting such as this, but it’s so interesting to say the least!

The turnaround time from when I applied for this position, conducted the interview process, and was hired was rather fast. I found myself having to readjust once again… I had adapted to being alone each day, seeing few people for months, to suddenly working outside of my home, surrounded by people each day. It has certainly felt good to be working again, but I’ve experienced some challenges along the way.

I’m thankful to be on this new journey. I had decided before I was blessed with a new job, that I was going to follow the dream I’ve had for years of starting my own blog. I’m not an author by any means, nor am I a licensed Psychologist or therapist, I’m not a photographer – but I am an artist in my own ways. I’m always in need of new creative outlets. I hope that in sharing my life and all that it entails, I’m able to connect with like-minded individuals.

As always, thank you for being here.

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