“Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope–a slight change, and all patterns alter.” Sharon Salzberg
I have had a slight change in my life this past week with my decision to give up my career as a Realtor. It was a very difficult decision for me to make because I really felt I was a good Realtor and that I was making a difference with the people I worked with. Even though it was apparant that some people ranked Realtors either right above or right below Used Car Salesmen and Lawyers, I felt that finding someone a home was an honorable profession and I worked with some very nice people who I now consider my friends. This was one time that I had to do what was best for my family so I gave up my business and now I’m turning a page in my life, a new adventure.
As far as What Have I Been Doing This Week? The best answer would be not writing. At least not putting words on paper. I have been plotting and I did start working on a short story but my novel has been on hold.
This week, I have been cleaning out my office, figuring out what to do with my signs, selling lock boxes, mailing back my lock box key, selling office equipment and notifying my clients that I am no longer in the business.
The rest of my time I have spent searching for a “real” job, along with who knows how many other unemployed Iowans. It can be depressing but I am working hard not to go there. I have exceptional office skills. Before getting my real estate license, I had been an Administrative Assistant for one of the largest insurance companies in Des Moines and before that, I worked in the group underwriting department calculating group rates. And yes, I finally found a need for algebra, twenty years after graduating from high school. Before that, I was a Commissions Clerk for another insurance company and before that I was an Office Coordinator. So as you can see, I really do have a lot of experience. Now all I need to do is catch the attention of the right human resource person.
I also did a mailing for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I like volunteering for charities. It is one thing I do that gives me immediate gratification. Up until this past year, I have gone to jail for MDA. Really you don’t go to jail, you go to a local Italian restaurant at a scheduled time for a few hours and call everyone you know to see if they will donate money to get you released. I enjoyed that because it gave me a good reason to talk to most of my past clients. I normally raised a few hundred dollars, each time.
This coming week, I will continue my job search, try to relax and not worry, and write. I promise to make some progress on my novel and the short story. As far as author interviews, I have several that I am waiting for, Donna Ball and Cindy Gerard are two of them. I will be posting them within the next few weeks.
When dealing with crisis situations in your personal life, does it make it easier or more difficult for you to write? Do you immerse yourself in the writing or do you find it hard to focus? How do you get past the worry to where you need to be to write? Are any of you sharing this same experience of job hunting right now? How is your job search going? Do you know somone who could use a good Administrative Assistant?
I did make a change on my Blog Site. In case you didn’t notice, I did change my heading and my tag line. I realized that Virginia’s View On Novel Writing really was too long. Drop one letter and I disappear. I liked my tag line. It’s shorter and easier to type. Hope you like the change. Let me know what you think about that too.
Until next time,