Reflections on the Journey

For the past several years, my career and my life has been one of transition: going from writer-in-my-head (and to a few friends)  with a day job to struggling novelist with a day job to unpublished novelist and adjunct English instructor to struggling novelist with a day job and adjunct English Instructor. I never thoughtContinue reading “Reflections on the Journey”

Making a Choice: How to embrace Change during Transition

When you’re in a career transition, rarely do you go down that straight path from old job to your new career. More often you have detours, and twists and turns in the road. Sometimes you have to make U-turns back to a previous employer or take a temporary position in your previous field to makeContinue reading “Making a Choice: How to embrace Change during Transition”

The anxiety of waiting

If you’re a writer, you’ve felt it before: the creepy crawly feeling up the back of your arms, the burning racing feeling inside your chest, the tingly feeling in your fingers and toes. No, it’s not a crazy heartburn: it’s the anxiety of waiting. Most people  have spent some of their time waiting, but forContinue reading “The anxiety of waiting”

Career Stereotyping

So, this is probably not what you think. But it can affect people just as much as any other type of stereotyping. It  happens regularly in the work world, especially now in a generation of what I call “mobile employment” (people aren’t staying at one company working for the gold watch anymore–they move).  You want toContinue reading “Career Stereotyping”

It’s OK to be Angry (or anything else) After Job Loss

I was leaving a store one day when a former co-worker called out to me. This was the first time I had seen her since the company lay-off, and I wasn’t really expecting to see anyone I knew (I never am), so I was surprised when I saw her in the store’s uniform. After talkingContinue reading “It’s OK to be Angry (or anything else) After Job Loss”

Friendship During Transition

When going through a career transition, your friends can be the most valuable resource or the biggest disappointment. As Americans, we tend to make our jobs such a big part of our lives that they affect every element in the rest of our lives.  Friendships are no exception. A career transition can leave friendships strained. FriendsContinue reading “Friendship During Transition”

Setbacks and being Left Behind

Recently, I had some nightmares about being left behind. Literally. I was left at a bus station and left out of a carpool. This made me wonder why I was feeling left behind. In my current career transition, I’ve had a couple of setbacks, so lately I’ve been feeling like I haven’t been making progress. ThisContinue reading “Setbacks and being Left Behind”