Opportunities


You may remember from my previous post that I had two job interviews last week. Well, I am excited to announce that I have since received and accepted a job offer with the long-term care nursing facility I met with last Wednesday.

Though returning to the field of nursing after finally earning my B.A. in English definitely wasn't my plan, it seems to be God's plan. At least for right now. And considering that debt snowball we're dying to get rolling, I'm okay with that. The pay here will be great (way more than I've ever made in my entire working life), the hours will be pretty fantastic, and everyone I've met there so far has been super friendly and welcoming.

But there's a bit more to it than that.

My favorite job I've had to date was when I worked for an in-home assisted living company. In this position, I provided one-on-one care for a paralyzed, nonverbal, elderly client in her home. I developed a special bond with this sweet lady (and her family as well), and it honestly became a joy to take care of her, even though I was only making $8.25/hour. I'm trying to view this new opportunity in the same light. I'm about to work in a facility filled with lonely, hurting, elderly people. I'm praying that if I go into this new venture with the attitude of This could actually be a form of ministry, it will be a better experience for everyone. So that's my plan. But for it to work, I'll need a whole lot of Jesus.

I'm not giving up on my own real passion though. I've been trying to think of how I can get back into writing fiction again, and the perfect opportunity hit me pretty hard this week in the form of a Facebook promo:

NaNoWriMo.

National Novel Writing Month. The mad dash to produce 50,000 words in 30 days. Every November. November. NOVEMBER!!!

I don't know how I managed to forget about NaNoWriMo, but it popped up at the perfect time. And I mean, the perfect time. I guess I kept skimming over it every time I perused the list, but #22 on 101 Things is "Complete NaNoWriMo". And, um, the timeline for my 101 Things in 1001 Days? January 24, 2014 - October 28, 2016.

November 2015 is literally my last chance to check this off the list.

So. Yeah. Guess I gotta do it.

In 2013, the first time I tried NaNoWriMo, I signed up on October 29 (lol). I had a whole three days to prepare. This time around, I have an extra month and a half of prep time. And I'm gonna need it. Because in 2013, I had a decently developed story idea I'd been cooking up for about three years. This time...


I got nothin'. Except one and a half months to find an idea. I'm up for the challenge. 

I've done it before.


I think I can do it again.

Any of you out there ever attempted NaNo before? Thinking about trying it this year? What are your tips/suggestions/plans?

3 comments

Jessica said...

I'm so proud of you for seeing the job in a different light...There will definitely be some sad and lonely people there but you can add some joy to their lives and that's a great thing. I think it will be a good fit for you.

You can totally do NaNoWriMo again!! Can't wait to hear some story ideas. <3

Anna Marie Schaefer said...

Eeeep! I'm excited to hear how the job goes, and to see blog updates about possible novel ideas. I miss you tons!!

Lacey said...

Woooo! Congrats on the new job, that is so awesome! Even if nursing isn't your "hearts calling," if you do it with your whole heart and look at it as a ministry... God will bless it. I'm excited for you. I'm sure you feel so much stress lifted!

You can totally do NaNo! Keep posting about that, I'm curious to see what you come up with (if you decide to share :))