Actually, right now it’s a conditional offer of employment. I don’t want to get into the logistics of it, and hopefully I’m not jinxing myself by posting this :$ But I spent about a week looking for a job, and I didn’t expect to find one so soon. I’m in a healthcare profession that requires a graduate degree, but I don’t want to get into the specifics of my job. Maybe I will someday.
Whenever I do something, I put my all into it. After learning I got the job, I switched into “hermit mode.” I’ve been using most of my energy to relearn the material I had forgotten in the interim between graduation and the present. Working means I’ll have less time to write, which is okay. I went through nine years of college for this career, and it’s something I enjoy and have a passion for. Writing was a happy accident that I only discovered after I became disabled from chronic pain. I still don’t consider myself a “writer.” It’s more like a hobby at this point, which is fine. Someday I might consider it as something more.
It feels like a huge turning point in my life to get here since I was bedbound for the past few years due to hip pain and multiple surgeries. My husband and parents were probably more excited than I was XD Anyway, that’s why I just dropped off the map. In the future I will probably switch to part-time so I have more time for writing and family. My husband and I want two kids, and that would be difficult to accomplish with two full-time working parents.
I’ll still be able to write while working. I just have to be more focused. In grad school I worked like 60-80 hour weeks during my internship and still managed to write. That was also shortly after my first hip surgery and my spine was beginning to crumble so I had daily migraines, pain on swallowing, and shooting nerve pain down my arm that felt like an hot electric wire. I remember the doctors trying to convince me that NOTHING WAS WRONG with my spine. Well, there was something wrong, but that’s a story for another day. Did I mention that I also beta read for friends during this time period? No idea how I survived XD
In a few weeks I’ll be around more often. There’s a lot of things going on right now. I’m still battling Anthem Blue Cross with two appeals regarding my hip surgery. The deadline is coming up on one of them. They have been absolutely horrible during this whole process. I had to get a pro bono attorney to help me fight it.