Yes, of course you have. You missed my smile, wittiness, and how this blog brightened your day at your boring-ass job. You were waking up just to see what Miz and her funemployed life would bring. Then I just disappeared. Yep, gone.
Well, I apologize for that (actually I'm not really that sorry), and now I'm back.
Here, I will discuss a few things (If you prefer I can send this to you in a slide deck, so it will look like your actually working while reading my blog).
If I've learned anything in business, it's to let people know what you will discuss before you discuss it (it's like having an agenda). People like having realistic expectations. While I'm at it, this whole blog post should take less than 10 minutes to read (scroll down, see for yourself).
- How I made it 2/3 of the way through my 90 day writing goal.
- What the heck am I doing with my life now (skip ahead to this if you're pressed for time, because it's really fucking random)?
- What to expect from me in the near future (for my biggest fans. the rest of you don't give a shit, and I totally understand and you can just stop reading at point 2).
1. I made it through 60ish, not 90, days of writing about my funemployment.
No, I was not consistent. No, I did not spell everything correctly. And no, I did not meet my arbitrary goal of writing about 90 days.
But, I am trying to go easier on myself. Who fucking cares if I met the random goal that I set for myself, that really means nothing? 6 months ago if you told me I'd write 60 blog posts and have some dedicated readers who enjoyed and laughed at what I wrote....I'd be pretty happy.
I like to do this exercise when I'm being hard on myself. I say (quietly in a soothing tone in my head), "What would Miz four years ago think of Miz now?" You pick your time frame.
Usually I feel impressed and proud. Old Miz would be like, "Woah, you are a fucking badass." "You quit your job at a bank to go work at a startup? You have hosted over 100 guests on Airbnb in an apartment that you love? You quit your job again and popped around Europe for a month by yourself, surviving on your meager savings? Woah, you wrote and exposed yourself to the world (like in a writing, not nude way) and people actually read it (thanks, mom)?"
I have to say, I feel pretty good about that.
2. What the heck am I doing with my life now?
Most importantly, I am happy. I feel at ease. And I've learned a lot about myself.
Currently, I'm working a very random job that, yes, I found on Craigslist.
It was advertised as working on a project for "a large non-profit in midtown east." First thing that came to my mind was, "OMG, the UN, cool!" Then I met with the recruiter (and realized that the UN most likely does not advertise on Craigslist). "Oh, it's the Catholic church of NY? Oh, ok. Umm, well I grew up Catholic, but I'm far from religious."...
Ok, I was just looking for something temporary, so I figured it couldn't hurt to interview, and they needed someone ASAP. If you know me, I like taking the easy way, and this seemed easy.
Why was I looking for a job on Craigslist? Also a valid question. First, I love Craigslist. I find it fun browsing what kind of jobs are on there (just realized this sounds so creepy), and I thought I'd just try something different temporarily. Turns out I ended up at a fairly large organization (it's working for all of the Catholic schools around NY) doing the type of work I've done in all my previous jobs.. project management and process improvement.
My mom says that I went from being "funemployed to nun-employed." My family finds it very ironic that I work for the church. I do too.
The kicker is, I really like it. This is mainly based on the stress factor; it's very low. I don't have email outside of work, I'm there on a temporary basis, I have autonomy, I take time off when I want, I get to solve problems, and I work with kind people. I know it's not permanent, but it's great for now. It's like Goldy Locks' porridge, "juuussst right."
Besides pursuing nun-hood, here's what I've been up to:
I recently went to the British Virgin Islands for a week with my family. Then over Thanksgiving I went to Zagreb, Croatia to visit my boyfriend (Mr. Croatian). Surprise, I have a boyfriend! I also helped my cousin redo an apartment nearby and list it on Airbnb (check back in two weeks for professional photos). Life's been great.
3. Finally, what should you expect from me in the near future?
You're probably tired of reading now, so I'll put this in bullet format...
- More adventures
- More Airbnb stuff (maybe getting my real estate sales license?)
- More attempts to consult and work for myself.
- More blogging (Yahoo! let's say once a week for now)
God speed (don't worry, I'm not becoming religious or anything). Enjoy your weekend. Don't do anything that I wouldn't do.