You know when you are on a springboard, you are bouncing up and down a little bit to gain momentum, and finally you make one last push with all your weight in a downward motion only to be launched into the air? You know what I am talking about right? Yeah, that pretty much sums up my life right now.
Right now I am bouncing up and down on this springboard, trying to gain some momentum…waiting patiently for the perfect moment to LAUNCH. I know it will happen. I will make it happen.
A few weeks ago, I was laid off! Ugh! Yeah so now I am an UNEMPLOYED blind girl? It sounds way worse than it is because I am feeling confident. Throughout the past few weeks, I have met some amazing people that have come into my life. These people dont see a disability, they see passion and drive. They dont see obstacles because they see open doors! It’s incredible. These people have given me a whole new outlook and re-ignited my fire to keep pushing to find the right career. I know good things are to come of this!
One of the hardest things I have had to do is perfect my elevator pitch. How do I say “Hi, my name is Jessica. I am visually imparied, looking for my next career move and I’m AWESOME” in 1 minute? There is so much I want to say! (shocking, I know!) So I have to choose my words carefully, speak slower (less coffee that day) and breathe!!
And hey, while unemployment leaves me with a little extra time on my hands I am making use of it by teaching myself some cooking skills! Yesterday I made a delicious chicken salad! This includes lots of prep work, cutting, slicing and dicing – and I did not chop off a finger. (Bonus!)
Oh and another of my favorite things! TRAINING. I signed up for the New York City Marathon! Oh baby, this is a big one! One of the most prestigious marathons in the country and I will be so proud to rock my Achilles International gear. Achilles International actually started in New York City so I should feel right at home.
So I take one day, one application and one interview at a time! I am learning to balance submitting applications with networking and even a little pool time every so often. Because life is about balance right?! Keep your fingers crossed for me! I cannt wait to share what happens next!
To all my blind friends – NEVER, ever give up and never settle. It’s too easy to settle for an “ok” job or a career you can “just live with.” Don’t settle for that because we dont have to. Just saying…I am not going to.