Thursday, October 2, 2008

At the Crossroads

Hi Everyone,
Things have been turned upside down a bit for me lately, and posting has not been possible. So, today, I can finally write a post! It seems I've come to one of those crossroads that comes along every-so-often in Life. The last big one was the move here, and now my husband and I are more settled together and I'm used to living in Prague. That crossing was not easy, but I've survived and thrived just fine! But now, I have the next crossroad to deal with, and that is work.

The company I have worked for, in the US, has not had work for me for some time. I have been able to manage my responsibilities (bills, etc.) to this point, for which I'm very thankful! But now, it is clear that I will need to find some other work in order to have a source of income. This is not an easy problem for me to solve due to my health. There are some important prerequisites that must be kept when looking for another way to earn an income: I have to live and work at home in order to stay relatively healthy; I need to have work that can travel with me--whether I'm traveling with my husband or going back to the States for a visit; I would like to find some work that I enjoy at this stage of my life, not something that I feel I have to do just to earn money. At first glance, these prerequisites seem pretty tough, but somehow things always work out, if we have the will and the desire to move forward. At this point, I do have the will and desire to move forward...but to do what, I'm not sure, as of yet.

I've done a few things over the years: I worked at a non-profit in their donation department processing monetary donations, I have worked at a major assurance company working with the Accounts Receivables, I have worked as a bookkeeper and administrative assistant, have learned a little AutoCAD, I do proofreading, focusing mostly on technical proofreading (mostly scientific papers), and I have spent 22 years as a mother, raising 2 kids. I love animals and plants, singing and music, reading, writing this blog has been fun! I also enjoy traveling and visiting new places. So, how do I put all of this experience into finding work that will fit within the prerequisites I have to adhere to? Just at first glance, it seems that this is a rather eclectic bunch of experiences! The main thing that stands out to me is that I enjoy working with details (which my Dad has also told me he's noticed!). So what to do?

The Internet seems alive with all kinds of ways and opportunities to earn an income. There are many scams out there, and other ways to earn a living that are legitimate. There are places where it's possible to sign up and do freelance work and be a contract worker. With so many choices available, how do I find the right way for me? I guess only the sky's the limit at this point! I just have to get on the Internet and see what I can find. It is a task that is very daunting, but I've been through many things that have been much worse than the current crossroad I'm facing. The important thing is to find some work that will fit within my prerequisites and help me to meet all of my responsibilities.

This crossroad is certainly a challenge in my current situation, but I do have faith that somehow things will work out. I don't know, right now, how this will work out...but I do know for sure: things always do come around if we keep moving forward with faith and hope.

I hope you all have a great day!

God bless,
Sherry :0)
(c) 2008 by czechoffthebeatenpath

1 comment:

Karen said...

Sherry, I'm very curious to hear about everything you discover! Good luck in your search.