Well, as the title says, I am in that limbo of having just graduated with my master's without having found the perfect job yet. I am either on summer break, or unemployed, or both... I told myself that I earned at least a few weeks of summer break before I would allow myself the momentary "freak out" that comes with realizing I am jobless, but I found that it is easier said than done.
Let's face it, I am a busy body. I typically have school (14-17 units-- full time in master's is 9 units), work (substitute teaching), and internships at two schools and one equine assisted learning center. So, now that it is summer, my internships ended, my teaching is on hold until fall, and I completed all graduate level course-work. So, here I sit twiddling my thumbs...
So, off to Lowe's I go.
This week, I helped my mom and my best friend with some projects:
First, we had to find the perfect "greige" color for my mom's home and my best friend's home too!
We landed with Valspar's "Fairmount Penthouse Stone" (#2 on the wall).
Next, I helped my friend spray paint her patio set. I for some reason forgot to wear shoes again (Remember my 15 little lessons?)... maybe it was that third glass of wine?
Last, I repainted my parent's living room(s) and hallway. Before, the room was BRIGHT red on the right and a weird/ugly peachy color on the left. We opted for a neutral "greige" to help the rooms flow. She is shopping for new furniture and other design accents now that it feels more like one big room.
Beyond projects, I have tried to stay busy in positive ways
instead of pacing by riding my horses nearly every day and staying busy around the house. Of course, I am also filtering a lot of time into applying for jobs and calling back in to follow up.
As a therapist, I think WAY too much about everything going on. I always joke that I have a rational and irrational side that argue back and forth. For example, my irrational side sometimes says, "OMG Caitlin, something is wrong! Why aren't people calling you for interviews? Something must be wrong (musterbation as my professor Dr. Weir calls it). PANIC! STRESS! SPIN IN CIRCLES! CRY! If you relax then the world will end." Then the other side is like, "Chill out, it is summertime... tan...drink...tan some more... drink more... be lazy. The right job will come at the right time."
Hopefully I listen to my rational side more often...
I am learning, however, that I am NOT very good at taking time off. I have already spent days at my parents' home painting several rooms, signed up to help a friend paint her home, asked to have my sister in law visit for a week and looked for volunteer opportunities with other equine psychotherapy programs.
But, the one thing I am pretty excited for is starting to teach riding lessons again. I have casually offered lessons in the past for friends and family, but when my husband's boss offered, I couldn't resist. This will be my first time offering lessons without having the students ride my horses, but I am still very happy for the opportunity. I start tomorrow and I know it is only temporary until I find a job, but it is one more thing to keep me busy while I keep hunting for a career job.
Hopefully the right job comes along soon. Otherwise I am going to be holding a sign on the street corner that reads, "Will DIY for change" haha!