However, that great plan did not work out. I fully take responsibility for that. The signs were there, I just didn't take them seriously. I did not acquire that part-time job, the money went faster than desired, and now I would do best getting a full-time job.
However, through my last college course and the work I completed, I realized what my interests have been hinting at for years...I know what field I want to work in. Historic Preservation and Neighborhood Revitalization. I also know that I want to start that career here, in Richmond.
1. Actively network, self-educate, volunteer, and pursue a career in the Historic Preservation field.
I guess when you start to think everything is utterly hopeless, you are forced to fight your fears in ways you never had the guts to before.
- A mass email, including my resume, was sent to friends and colleagues in town explaining my work situation.
- Friends working for large corporations suggested the staffing agencies they use (ones that appreciate people might need a more livable wage.) I joined and they have already called me.
- A pick-your-brain request to a supportive professor may have resulted in possible paid intern work inside the field!
- I volunteered myself to help a loved neighborhood complete their nomination to the National Register of Historic Places in order to be designated a Historic District. So looking forward to this!
2. Enhance look, expand content, and increase traffic on both blogs.
- I joined BlogHer months ago but I want to become more active, in fact I would love to attend the conference in '08.
- I want to commission (by trading services) friends of mine to design specific looks for my blogs.
- Most definitely, I want to increase traffic to the sites.
- Perhaps, add a retail component to SHELTER?