Happy Monday!

I’ve been holding off writing this post for a few days to let things all sink in. I will go into more explanation in a second, but first lets talk about running for a little bit.

 

Sunday morning Wes and I woke up and decided to go and try out a new trail we had found. We are always on the hunt for dirt trails, so when a biker told us about a 6 mile dirt trail out a ways we knew we had to go and give it a shot.

Trail

The trail only ended up being about 10 minutes from our house, which wasn’t bad at all. I had 8 easy miles on the schedule for today. I started off slow. Some miles seemed REALLY slow and then others I had to slow myself down.

The trail was actually an old caboose trail that ran during the civil war. I thought that was really neat!

Caboose

In total I did 8 miles at a 9:12 pace. Nice and easy and the perfect run to end the week.

8 Mile Easy Run

Since I am not sure how long some of you have been reading this little blog of mine, I thought I’d back track a little to start this off.

Almost a year ago (in August) I was laid off from my job when we were living in Pennsylvania. It was a very tough time for me, and without going into too much into it again I struggled to find full time employment.

You can read more about my unemployment journey: here and here.

While I was living in Pennsylvania I worked 4 different part time jobs. It was really disheartening to not be able to find a full time job, but I tried my best to keep a positive attitude. One of the biggest struggles I had when looking for a job was the fact that we knew we would be moving in June.

The part time jobs helped to make ends meet, but it was still quite a struggle.

Don't Look Back

When we first moved to Virginia almost 2 months ago, I can hardly believe it has been that long now, I began looking for jobs once we had gotten settled in. I had about 3-4 different cities I was submitting applications in, but nothing was turning up. I was using every connection I could find to try and get in, but a majority of the companies I had connections in weren’t hiring.

Finally, after 4-5 weeks I got a bite and had an interview a couple weeks ago. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have remembered the picture I posted before heading in.

Job Interview

The job wasn’t originally what I was looking for, but I knew that I needed to jump on any opportunity I could find. The thing that many don’t understand about residency is that even though my husband is finally making a pay check, after you take the student loan payments out that have now begun plus rent and other monthly bills it can still be tight.

The pressure for me to find a job kept haunting me. My husband never made me feel guilty and he always encouraged me to do what I wanted, but I knew I needed to find something.

Keep Going

Last week I was finally offered a full time job. To be honest, I always thought that when I finally got a job again I would be so happy but for some reason I wasn’t. It as really hard for me to get past the fact that I was taking a huge pay cut.

After I let things sink in, I was able to come to terms with it. Regardless of the pay I am EMPLOYED! It’s full time, close to home and allows me to get experience in a new field.

For safety reasons and my professional life I won’t talk much about where I or my husband work. It is a part of life that I’d like us to be able to keep private. I hope you understand 🙂

Bruce Li

I always believe in constantly looking to forward myself. Even on the days when I feel like I am going no where I aim to do one thing to better myself that day. On top of the full time job, I also have some side work I do so that has helped tremendously. I am hoping to grow that further so that one day I will have more options ahead!

 

Today I am here to say I am officially EMPLOYED! I actually don’t start until August 11th, but I am using the next 2 weeks to get caught up and ahead on some work at home. I look forward to getting back on a steady schedule and even though I know it’s going to get very busy between marathon training, working, blogging and my other various jobs I know I am ready for the challenge!

I’ve waited a long time to write this post, I am so glad I can share it today!

 

When is the last time you changed jobs?

What do you have on your running agenda on this Monday?

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