Saturday, February 21, 2015

Five Things on a Friday

  1. I realize that I haven't had much time to blog lately.  I have been busy with classes and preparing  for the IRS training program.  I had my interview this week and despite my good test scores and passing the IRS assessment, I wasn't accepted.  I was really upset about it because I worked so hard to be the best candidate.  So I am going to switch to another program.
  2. Since being here in Little Rock, I have been getting use to the fact that I do not have to bother and ask people to take me somewhere. I can catch the bus or take Uber.  I have spent quite a bit on Uber this month, so I probably should start using the bus more.
  3. I found an used bookstore called The Bookworm.  I wanted to sell some books that I managed to stuff into my suitcase.  It really wasn't worth the trip because the store only took two of my books and gave me three dollars.  Yes, I know I settled but I just wanted to get out of that bookstore and I didn't see any other books I wanted.  Shocker, I know.  Most of the books I saw I have already read before. I spent more on Uber that day than what I got at the bookstore.
  4. One Sunday afternoon, I decided to escape the dorm and went to my happy place-Barnes N Noble.  I browsed some books and stopped in the cafĂ© to enjoy a frappe and cupcake.  A big cupcake covered in icing.  It was so good. 
  5. Monday morning, I woke up to snow.  There was a snowball fight out in the courtyard.  We stayed inside the dorms most of the day to chat, hangout, and watch movies.  Three other friends and I walked in the snow to the corner store.  I almost slipped twice.  Got to love winter.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Taking A Leap

I have been here in Little Rock, Arkansas for almost two weeks.

I boarded a plane with two heavy suitcases and my laptop bag not knowing what to expect.  I said goodbye to all of the familiar surrounding of home.  Arkansas wasn't even on my radar of place to live or visit.  So how did I end up here.

In December, I applied for the IRS training program at the World Services for the Blind.  I have hearing about this program for some time. I was reluctant and apprehensive about coming all the way out here-what if it is a waste of time?  Will I leave with a job, or will I be back to sitting at home again?  I based all of this at the center I went to in Columbia ten years ago.

When I was at a similar center in Columbia, SC, I earned a customer service certificate.  The outcome with that is the fact that I never found a job; and companies looked at the certificate as a joke and didn't take it seriously.

I was told that with the IRS program that I was guaranteed employment and I would know where I am going before I start training.  After six years of sitting at home and constantly being told no by employers for no clear reason.  (Sometimes, I felt like they were taking the easy way out.  I know that's a blanket statement).

I haven't started the actual job training yet.  However, I have to go through a life skills evaluation.  They have to make sure that my independent living skills are up to par-cooking, clothing care, etc.  Most importantly, they have make sure my keyboarding and computer skills are up to par as well.

I didn't tell anyone but my parents and brother that I was going to be moving.  The news is slowly getting out.  If I told people, some would try to talk me out of it.  I knew I had to do something-even if it meant moving.  I couldn't just keep sitting around putting in hundred of applications and getting nowhere.  I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.  Freelance work has been slow again.

I know it is going to be awhile before I really start making money off my ebooks.  I'm not giving up on my dream of being a writer.   I am going to keep working at it. 

So here's to new beginnings!