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Thirty-three-year-old woman writer wants job. In her dreams, she wishes she could make enough to contribute to her family by serving soup to the homeless every day. She has an old soul, desiring a working world that was still run on apprenticeships. In which case, she would love learning floral arrangement, cake-decorating, and archaeology. She desires a job without a desk. However, if a desk is required, decorations will ensue and hopefully, the work environment will be life-giving. Because she will enjoy putting life into her work and in lighting-up those she is working with. This woman has worked in administration, book-selling, custom framing, web design, ecology, teaching, the barista field, the nonprofit sector, event planning, customer service, food, clothing retail, journalism, and in words. In fact, she loves words. First published at sixteen, she began writing as a little girl who missed her favorite TV show and received the gift of a desk in her room where she began her first novel. She speaks publicly, is a gifted storyteller, and thinks well on her feet. A gifted memoir writer, blogger, novice playwright, and a beautiful poet, she is now putting herself out there to be accepted as one who has leaped and wants to trust her God as well as the dreams she was taught her country was founded on. This strong, compassionate woman hopes to someday serve the homeless on a more prominent basis, encourage and give Truth to those who read her words, and someday open a nonprofit for girls to know their true worth and heal through creativity. She believes in stepping stones. Today she just wants a job. Contact via email email@example.com or by phone at 615-924-4203.
When I was much younger, I began reading books by a specific author that wrote all about creativity. In the first book, I remember reading about a time when she had dreamed something and placed an ad for that thing in which she desired in her local newspaper. The request was not small. However, it was fulfilled.
Sometimes, I think that parents, bosses, or even just those of earlier generations see “Gen-Xers” and Millennials as lazy or believe that we think we are entitled before we’ve done anything to earn the things in which we desire. You can always find an exception, but on the whole, I don’t believe this is true. I can only personally speak for Generation – X and more specifically for myself. We wish to encourage, we wish to be allowed to have our own journies, and we wish to work to change the world. However, we didn’t graduate into the world that the Baby Boomers walked into when the were given a diploma and permission to move over their tassels.
Today, unless you are very lucky, you come into the working world with so much debt already weighing you down. Many college graduates are forced to immediately move back in with their parents because of the immense amount of debt they carry on their shoulders. We are a group of well-meaning human beings, that were taught growing up to dream big, want something bad enough, work hard, and you could have it. Yet, we made great grades, scored amazing on standardized tests, and went to school on scholarships that didn’t cover tuition or we made honorable decisions and still graduated college with 30,000 or more in debt. This does a lot to your self-esteem when you’re looking for a job, this does a lot to make you feel ashamed when you go into a marriage and are the only one with college debt, and this is not the America we were taught about in grade school.
Also, at the time many of us graduated the economy was in such a rut that there were no jobs. Those with college degrees were having to take the jobs normally given to people with a high school education, those with masters degrees taking positions that normally would have gone to people with bachelor degrees, and almost everyone was struggling. Maybe we were prideful, but we listened when we were told to finish college because it would help you get a better job and then we were let down when we had all this money to pay back and no job to reflect all the hard work we’d done for not just four years but from kindergarten through college. Most people you could survey today would still be found working in jobs that are unrelated to the things they went to school for and although we are able to find meaning in supporting our families or encouraging the staff we work with there is still that whisper in the back of our minds. Why did I work so hard? Was a college education as important as my parents believed it to be? Will I pay this debt off before I die? Life doesn’t look like we thought it would and although we adapt, it hurts. It doesn’t just hurt our professional lives either. It hurts our relationships and sometimes our spiritual walk.
Job hunt? While we’re being labeled as lazy or unmotivated or a generation without passion, I’d hope that those of earlier generations would remember this is not the same culture in which you searched for a job. We grew up in the internet age. Look in a newspaper for a job? Most newspapers are not even printed anymore. Apply in person? Even the large retail stores have you only apply online. Apply online? Most jobs on the internet are already filled by the time that you send in your resume or go through the tedious multi-screened application. Also, most of the jobs you’re applying for online have thousands of people applying for them at the same time. Thousands of people to apply at Books-A-Million, Walmart, or the grocery store. And we do it. We search and we try and we work at things that don’t bring more strife than life. It’s not complaining. It’s just a different world and we’re trying to adapt. We’re trying to dream in our personal lives and still in our professional without hearing we’re irresponsible from some of the same people that told us to dream as children.
So, in my case, I made all A’s in school, I was involved in clubs I enjoyed, I loved learning, and dreamed big. In 5th grade, I sat beside a teacher on a yellow bus as we traveled to a field trip destination. I always sat by the grown-ups. They used bigger words, they had bigger ideas, and I could learn from them. I told this teacher that I wanted to go to Harvard. She didn’t doubt for a second that I would make it there. Dreams changed. Goals changed. Ideal colleges rotated. Life hugged me, kicked me, and challenged me. My road looked different than others. I chose to follow a gift that wasn’t as clear cut as getting an education degree and being a teacher or getting a degree in medicine and being a doctor. I’m glad. I’m happy at times to work in areas that have nothing to do with my creative gifts. I’ve learned so much, been blessed and have been honored to bless others, and I’ve grown in character and experience.
I’m 33 now. I just left a very good job, on very good terms, and with honorable intentions. My husband and I made a decision to seek God, volunteer more, and walk more in what we’d been gifted in. I needed to heal from two years of chronic illness. I need to heal from major life changes that happened so close together. I needed to grieve and restore. So, I am in the search again. I want a job. I am in the search again to rediscover my dreams and goals in my thirties. I am in a search where dreams come by faith alone but asking never hurt anyone. The writer I mentioned earlier had a print newspaper to place her desire and put it out into the world. Her dream was fulfilled. I have my own sphere of influence. If I grew up in an internet world, why not dream through the internet? If I want to walk in my giftedness, why not use an avenue in which I display my gift? My own classified ad.
Please share. Also, if you are searching, please never give up.