Living in AZ, when Spring is in the air I begin to quiver in fear of the oncoming months (ergo HEAT) as summer draws really super fast and I then truly get cranky and angry because it's freakin hot!
However, this Spring has brought with it, a little something cool. First of all, it has shown a mild change from Winter with us not quite yet reaching 90's so I'm quite happy with that. But more so is I have finally arrived to a place where I need to move on. As I know I've mentioned before, I work in a cube. Yes, I'm one of those. I've been working as an appraiser's apprentice to earn my hours and experience to test and receive my license which takes approximately 18 mos. to 2 years. I have about a year left to go - not quite however it has been quite slow and although interesting, it's not a secure, steady income that I have grown spoiled in receiving.
Well, after coming down with a Spring cold, a bit of a nasty one too( I know, again!?). So, I was out a few days at work which led to my manager being concerned. Hold on - he wasn't concerned that I was sick again only a couple months from being out of the hospital...no. That doesn't happen in the corporate world. His concern was for the amount of days I've missed this year. Mind you I did return with my doctor's note and I had the hospital docs, report, and short-term disability paperwork filled out for my hospital stay - guess he mistook that for a vacation resort??
So, fuming with smoke from my ears and fire from my nose, I decided I've finally f*cking had enough and began searching for a NOW career while continuing the path toward my license. If I had the time and financial means to do it all over again, I'd have finished in Forestry or perhaps some form of geological study - LOVE volcanoes...but I don't so I needed to find something not requiring school, starting salary not far from what I'm leaving behind, and something that ties into what I am working towards with land and real estate inspection/valuation.
So the City of Phoenix is hiring and I'm looking and I met all the criteria and the salary isn't great but do-able and it's relating to planning and zoning so I thought, why not? Worst that happens is I don't get the job however I now have the fire in my belly to get my ass in gear and move on. I have been more than dissatisfied for long enough and it's not like it's getting any better.
It has definitely lightened my step the last few days and my partner and I had a wonderful weekend because of it. Not that I'm out of the clear but for a few days at least I have felt a little lighter and a bit brighter to feel (if only in fantasy) that I'm some place happier. It's amazing what a negative atmosphere can do to you. In reality life truly is too short to waste that kind of time - ten years this May. Although to be fair I didn't detest the place like a sickness until three years ago so...I've been pretty fortunate.
So I take my exam in a couple of weeks and already issued a brand new PRETTY resume in an attempt to dazzle. The long term goal is to be with planning and zoning with parks and recreation. Anything outdoors would be splendid for a while - I know - but I hate the weather in the Summer?!?!?! It's all good if you love your job. It's been a loooonng time since I could say that. But just how I've felt the past couple of days - I can't wait to get off this coaster and join the human race again. Wow, I've been working graves for over eight years...I can only imagine... I need a napkin - drooling at the thought! LOL!!!!