Again I have been on a writing hiatus (I think inconsistency is just my thing) and now I have kind of started a whole new life or routine I guess I would say. As of Saturday I moved up on top of the hill here in town and took a job as “The Dog Lady” (I will explain).
Because I disliked my job and needed something different than I had ever done before I started searching for jobs and found nothing that was worth leaving the then current job for. At Christmas time I had my puppy stay with a woman (The Dog Lady) who runs a dog kenneling business out of her house and the dogs basically get to sleep on the couch and do whatever they would do at home. When we came back I let The Dog Lady know that if she ever needed any help I was around. And the rest is history, I quit my job, and moved up to this lovely A-Frame house at the end of the road where eagles pass by all the time and the dogs run free.
So I am The (new) Dog Lady until May (the real Dog Lady took her five cocker spaniels and is driving to Mexico and then up to Oregon for vacation) and right now the pups are fast asleepish (they’re both labs so if the fridge opens they’re up) after a nice run at the beach this morning. So far we only have one friend here at Dog Camp, Allie, a senior chocolate lab who runs like a puppy, and my dog Blue, a 6 month old lab mix.
Ironically on Valentine’s Day/Valentine’s Day weekend I will have five dogs here (including Blue) so I am guessing my boyfriend and I are not going to spend much time celebrating. Also, speaking of Valentine’s Day…if you have a dirty mind and like disgusting humor like me (sorry mom) you should definitely watch the Valentime’s (yes I spelled that right) Day special of the Netflix show Big Mouth….also watch Russian Doll…SO GOOD…but I’m etting off track.
I’m really hoping that this time up on the hill, alone (the boyfriend is still staying in our apartment), with a bunch of dogs, will give me the chance to reflect and gather my thoughts about what I have been doing career wise. I have a Bachelor’s in psychology and have attempted to get my Master’s degree in two different areas and then started a new Bachelor’s and none of it felt right.
I have been a dance teacher, a mental health associate, a cleaner, a bartender, a youth specialist, a barista, a community prevention specialist (drugs and alcohol), a factory worker and probably some other things I can’t remember. Point being, I have had many different jobs and not really been in love with one particular thing. I know one thing I do know now, people, I want to help people, but my introvert tendencies (Holla at me introverts) and my dance with anxiety/depression make any mental health career or “helping” career absolutely unbearable. So at least I can cross that career off the list. But otherwise, I am not sure what I want my life to look like and I am not a goal setter. The goals that I have set have seemed to magically fulfill themselves; For instance, I remember during college wanting to travel so badly and since then I have lived in Oregon (traveled cross country in the car) and now I am in Alaska and have traveled back to Oregon several times since. It’s only two states but when you are from New York Oregon and Alaska are like whole different countries.
That’s my life update. Hope your life is going well today,
As always, thanks for reading
Xoxo Rachael Lynn