Without going into details and public whining about the work I do at the present, allow me to just say that I was overworked, underpaid, and seriously under appreciated. As a contract worker, I was at their mercy and I just did the work. Deep down inside, it was eating me up because I know I'm better than this and I need to find something else soon. I came across my current job via the job ads at www.indeed.com in mid April. I submitted my resume, and about two weeks later, I get a call for a phone interview in early May. After the phone interview, I was invited for a face to face interview with three people. These type of group interviews can be intimidating, but all the ladies were nice and lovely. This second interview went so well, after I left, I got a call from them just over an hour later asking me to come back for a third interview. Wow! What a fantastic way to start off my vacation because this interview was the day before I took off for my holiday. They knew I was going out of town and asked if June 19th was a good time to come back. They wanted to give me breathing space to get back and sorted after a long vacation. And like I mentioned earlier, my first day back at the hell hole place was horrible. I literally was in three countries in the span of 48 hours by Monday morning and I felt like I was in the twilight zone of disbelief by 8:15, on June 10!
The post-vacation high was completely demolished by 9:00 am that Monday back at work and I was ruined for the rest of that week. I was so pissed off at one point, that I TOLD myself that next week would be my final week here. However, I needed to be smart, not emotional, so I also had another backup plan with the temp office to hook me up with something else for the interim. Meanwhile, I had an assessment to take for the interviewing company which took 5 hours of my time on Sunday. I felt empowered while working on it and knew that I had knocked it out of the park. My gut told me that the job was mine, but, I still needed to go to the 3rd interview and impress them. Shit hit the fan earlier this week which made me solidify a quit date to be Friday of this week. But low and behold, after my interview ended, I was offered the job. I have never experienced anything like that before. It was surreal, I'm still surprised that I held it together and did not jump up and down like I was on The Price is Right! In London, I had a sitting with a Tarot Card reader at the College of Psychic Studies and she showed me two money cards that came out from the deck. She said I was going to get a new job soon and earn a lot more money. Yes, she was right! I start my new job on Monday, July 1st.
London & Paris
After London, I took the Eurostar to Paris. My first few moments in Paris was chaotic, but I got it sorted out when a taxi service guy offered to walk me to my hotel since it was only a 5 minute walk from Gare Du Nord instead of hailing a taxi which would have ripped me off. I stayed at Hotel Le Rocroy and it was nicer than I anticipated, and much larger that London hotels of my price range. I really like Paris and I need to visit again to see more of it, especially at nighttime. My friend Ann, who lives in Paris, made my experience in Paris more enjoyable due to her being my tour guide. And today is her birthday! xoxo
I loved the Louvre but surprisingly, loved the Musee d'Orsay even more! The Eiffel tower was marvelous, and Arc de Triomphe was spectacular - but it nearly killed me with those long windy stairs, and I'm in shape! LOL!
It's all good and I'm finally in a good place now that I'm back in the driver's seat of my life again! And I tell you one thing, I probably wouldn't be where I am now if I hadn't made the decision to go back to school for my Master's degree. It's costs a lot of money, and a lot of blood, sweat, tears, sleepless nights, and no social life, but it's something that gave me the leg up in my new career opportunity. So if you're deciding about going back to college, follow your gut and just do it!