I’ve tried to come up with the right words for this for a while now but nothing seems to justify the existence of this blog. I’m boring and simple. I don’t do anything of consequence. I don’t travel and I’m not spontaneous. I avoid social situations due to anxiety and I have a hard time around people I don’t know. I’m not skinny or pretty or good at math. I’m not carefree or wild at heart. I’m not dependent on anyone and I don’t enjoy when the attention is on me. I’m an INFJ according to the Meyers Briggs personality test and I don’t disagree with that.
Despite everything I’m not, I am smart. And I’m a very hard-working individual. My brains and work ethic are probably my two greatest assets in life. I’m not a rocket scientist, but I do think I am smarter than the average bear due to the school systems I went through and the rigorous coursework I completed from Kindergarten through college.
I started volunteering when I was 12 and had my first job, babysitting, when I was 13. When I was 15 (almost 16) I got my first real job with a paycheck and tax deductions giving ice skating lessons. I worked there a few nights a week in high school and left when I went to college.
On my summers during college I worked at a golf academy as a lead instructor; we taught kids ages 3-15 how to play golf through a variety of training lessons, games and on the golf course. It was hard work. Entertaining kids while making sure 40 of them at once are being safe around swinging metal is not easy. Add 90-100 degree heat, no shade and standing on your feet for 8 hours straight in it and it gets tough. When I was 19 my boss, the Director, effectively put me in charge of running the academy for 2 years. I made sales calls (I sold over $250,000 in camps one summer alone), made sure everyone paid each Monday, created the schedule for all the employees, made sure set up and take down were done correctly, organized groups for the golf course, taught the 3 and 4 year olds myself, took pictures of the camps for our website, ran the annual tournament each August and made sure the program ran smoothly week to week while keeping over-bearing mothers happy and the children safe. I learned a ton about how to make things work and get things done and it was a great crash course.
Now I work in publishing as a project manager for higher education copyright and permissions. I love what I do and I have learned an incredible amount of knowledge about intellectual property rights and copyright law. I’m excited for the places this position could take me and I think of it as the start to a career, not just a job. I recently re-located to New Jersey from Chicago for my career and while I struggle a lot being on my own, I feel like I’m finally growing up and becoming an adult. I’ve recently turned 26 and I’m trying to stabilize myself and create a future for myself that is filled with financial stability and happiness. The latter is much more difficult to obtain, I’m finding.
I’m not really sure what the purpose of this blog will be. Perhaps it will serve as a way for me to talk about myself, my struggles, my thoughts, my recipes and, on rare occasions, things I do in New Jersey. I’ve never had a blog before although I’ve always wanted to write one, so this is a quasi-experiment in my ability to uphold a promise to myself and to commit to something new.
Until next time…
-Edit 6/28/13 8:19am-
After going to sleep and re-reading this post this morning, it makes me feel like a completely boring person who is socially inept and rather dull. On the contrary, I have always been good at making friends despite being an introvert. I think my friends would describe me as one of the funniest and most caring people they know. With that said, I am learning to be on my own, so that’s where this introduction came from. I promise future posts won’t be as dry or boring as I work on being a better writer and story-teller.