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! 

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