Archive | January, 2013
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Doggies!!!!!

28 Jan

Doggies!!!!!

All of these dogs were up for adoption at the adoption event on Saturday January 26th. They are all such great pups and need a happy home. If you are interested please go to http://www.tlbfoundation.org and contact Rae Erickson. (From the top left going clockwise we have: Sierra, Bella, Ricky, Max, and Snoopy)

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“Don’t you ever…

27 Jan

“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” -Lady Gaga

Elated, Ecstatic, Joyful, Jubilant

23 Jan

You know how Facebook asks you, “What’s happening, (insert name here)?” in your status bar? I was about to update my status when I realized that I am having a hard time putting a statement that applies to my current emotional state. Okay, yes, I went to a thesauras to find all of the synonyms I could for the word “happy” because that word just didn’t seem like the right fit for the emotion I’m feeling at this moment. It always feels like I’m cheating when I have to go to a thesauras, but who am I trying to kid here, I needed a plethora of words!

I was so worried when I quit my job that I would have to look long and hard before the opportunity that I knew I deserved would come my way. I’m a natural worrier, so everyone who knows me will tell me I’m crazy for worrying, but it’s part of who I am. It’s been about 3 weeks since I quit my job and I got the most FANTASTIC news today. I am going to wait to deliver the news because it hasn’t QUITE settled in yet. Plus, I haven’t talked to my Dad yet and I’d just feel bad. But, let’s just say that I got the most fantastic news this afternoon.

All of the above words combined with relief are what’s going on with me right now. The fact that someone believes in me and what I can bring to the table, trusts that I provide value and knowledge, and they are something that I actually WANT to be a part of is an indescribable feeling.

So, while I get a grip on this opportunity (and yell at my Dad for never carrying his darn cell phone with him!) please enjoy this read and wait patiently for an update that could very well be the start of the next chapter in my life.

WORTH IT, Part Deux

22 Jan

If you happened to read my “WORTH IT” post and were curious as to the outcome, I can happily say that I was asked to come in for an interview today. Since the minute I sumbitted my resume, cover letter, and fantastic poetry, it was an easy flow of conversation between myself and my interviewer (who shall remain nameless – don’t want them to feel OBLIGATED to hire me out of fear from a scandalous blog post!). It was just as simple, on my end, when I arrived for my interview. It was a quick “Hi, I’m Vanessa.” “Hi, I’m _____”, where we proceeded to the conference room and had more of a chat rather than an interview. Even though I literally just got there minutes prior and I met this person 5 seconds ago, it felt like we had similar mindsets. I wanted the job, he wanted a capable person, he read my resume and liked it, I saw the building and knew what they were about and I liked them. So many interviewers these days have these “standard” interview questions that are so mindless and it was refreshing to just be myself for once. The informal interview went very quickly and the next candidate was sitting outside when I left. I tried to tell them to just tell her to go home, but for some reason they didn’t take my advice. She couldn’t POSSIBLY have as great of an interview as me,…right?! Regardless, I was polite and friendly and I passed by her with a smile and walked to my car feeling hopeful and positive overall.

Now back to my emails, blogs, and social media mayhem. Stay tuned for results from my “WORTH IT” interview,…..

Those Left Behind

20 Jan

In my absence from the working world, I have found I can only do so much cleaning, organizing, and emailing of resumes. In lieu of a Saturday morning spent relaxing at home, I decided to spend my morning volunteering instead. It was so simple to volunteer for Those Left Behind Foundation ( http://www.tlbfoundation.org ), which was a breath of fresh air. I’ve tried volunteering before and I’m either faced with an encyclopedia length application and background check, or I must devote a large quantity of time for orientation and guarantee a set amount of hours to help. I started to feel as if it were more difficult to volunteer for a good cause than it was to get a job! Okay, maybe not, but you get the idea…

I found this opportunity to volunteer through Twitter. It was as easy as entering your zipcode to find events needing volunteers and you click to sign up. I showed up at the time that was posted online, introduced myself to the founders, and I was given a ‘Volunteer’ pin and direction on what was needed. It was that simple! Oh, you need a volunteer to help play with puppies?! OKAY!! Talk about a happy Saturday morning! Puppies galore and cute dogs that just want to play and be held until someone decides to adopt. It was pure joy for me to walk them, play with them, cuddle with them, and watch happy families adopt these abandoned little guys.

When I was about to go home, I decided to ask if I could volunteer regularly. Rae Erickson, COO and Founder of Those Left Behind, told me that they are having a hard time finding foster homes for the pups in between the adoption events. I figured since I am job searching right now, it is the perfect opportunity to really make a difference with my time. I didn’t even question the thought and told Rae I would be glad to help. I decided to foster Captain, an adorable 1-yr old Shih-Tzu/Dachshund mix that wasn’t adopted this round. The foundation provides all of the food and any medical assistance they may need during the time that I foster, so all it is costing me is my time and devotion. Not a bad deal if you ask me.

I love it when one spur-of-the-moment decision turns into an exhilarating life experience. I can’t help but smile thinking that this dog has a warm place to sleep, a bowl of food and water, and some fun and love instead of laying in a small cage somewhere before he gets adopted.

Well, I have a doggy to take care of so I better get to it!

**Adoption events are held every Saturday inside Petco located at 7731 W. Tropical Parkway, Las Vegas, NV, 89129  from 11A-4P**

One of the many puppies up for adoption.

One of the many puppies up for adoption.

Captain, the little guy I'm fostering for the next week, watching television

Captain, the little guy I’m fostering for the next week, watching television

WORTH IT

16 Jan

One of the resumes that I sent in today asked for a cover letter that stood out. They said a short story could do the trick or a poem but uniqueness was definitely encouraged.

I was thinking to myself, “Self, what would really standout?” Self: “Your fat story?” So, I contemplated on my short story of being 300 lbs at one point and the journey on that road. But then I quickly realized that’s not so much of a short story as it is a novel. Then I invoked inspiration from what I’ve been doing since I have been on the unemployed track and a great poem idea came to mind. TV!! Inspiration from obscene amounts of television! Who says it kills brain cells??

Albeit super corny and cheesy (mind you, I threw it together in minutes), it also made me crack a smile. I would never submit this for a poetry competition but my aim was to stand out and I think it might work.

WORTH IT

I’ll be making waves,
Inspiration for days.
Charisma with ease,
Humble indeed.
Full of personality,
I’m worth the salary.
A true fashion strutter,
I’m like no other.
I’m here to open doors.
Sincerely yours, Vanessa.