So I alluded to some exciting news about landing a sweet job this summer and it’s about time I shared with you all! I know it feels like my blog is going through some mood swings, but that’s because I am, haha.
I’m still going to be on blogbreak even though this week looks suspiciously on schedule but… part of the reason why I was stressing was because it looks like I’ll have to make some sacrifices for the summer job. As an Americorps member, we’re supposed to be finishing through the dates that we signed up for, although some considerations can be made. Originally, I was all cleared to be one of these early releases and still qualify to receive my education award of $5500 for my year of service. That would’ve been fantastic.
But… life never works the way that we want it to. After accepting the position, I was told that actually, I wouldn’t be able to go because a) it’s a temporary position and b) it’s for profit. Yeah, color me confused too. So it was either just take off to have my dream summer, get paid for it, but sacrifice the money towards my student loans or… stay for the last two weeks of my job and receive the award, immediately segueing into another full-time job, depending on how the search went.
I let it stew for about a week… until I had a conversation with the mom, who was surprisingly logical and blasé about me possibly being a crazy person and leaving early. In the end, I’ve decided to go for it.
You can bet your ass I’m excited! Ever since landing in Austin, I’ve been a bit antsy if you couldn’t tell. Austin itself is fun and I love the people that I’ve met here… but I was already trying to see if I could squeeze in yet another amazing summer before I “settle down.”
I was debating on South America… until I talked to a friend that’s currently spending 4 months down there who said to budget $9000 for a trip of similar length. So that was a no-go. I looked at teaching opportunities in Taiwan, different mini-gigs… but nothing really matched up. And so I continued searching for a salaried marketing job with the bleak hope that they’d let me take at least a 1-month sabbatical before starting.
But, this opportunity will have me hitting up ALL of the major sites of the grand ol’ USA, like Mount Rushmore, Yosemite, Zion, Monument Vallye, Grand Canyon, Arches, and all the best cities… which I will then be sharing with you guys!
The minute I received that phone call, my body went into overdrive. I was ecstatic—or was that the nerves? Maybe both! Even now, the thought of what I’ll be doing in June is making my heart race. Some days, I think it’s from nerves; other days, it’s from excitement. Either way, for some reason, this feels more out of my comfort zone than leaving for France by myself was… or moving to Austin.
It might have something to do with flexing my comfort zone muscles, but I’m scared. I’m scared I’ll burn out because I have to be with people 24/7. I’m scared they won’t like me. I’m scared I’ll be horrible at it. I’m scared of the responsibility. Most of all, I’m scared that this job isn’t worth what I sacrificed for it.
But then again, what new job aren’t you a bit apprehensive of? To me, if there’s ever a job where I’m totally confident I’ll ace, it means I’m overqualified and I’m not improving my skills.
As Dr. Kelso in “Scrubs” said,
Nothing in this world worth having comes easy.
So, as I stood there, holding the phone, something in the back of my mind took over and made me answer “I’LL TAKE IT!” with all my heart. And… ever since then, I’ve had heart palpitations every time I think of it.
I get to go adventuring again!
So, what is it you ask? Well, with a bit of luck, one hell of a connection, and a shit ton of blind hope, I was offered a position at an adventure travel company as a tour leader/guide person.
Was this what anyone expected? Damn it, should’ve had a fun little poll going.
Anyways, this company specializes in small adventure camping tours that span all of the US, which basically means I’m getting paid to travel this summer! And stress, organize, entertain, and craft an awesome experience for my passengers. But the traveling, guys! I get to have that all-American dream tour that I’ve wanted since coming back from Europe last year! And I get to hang out with some cool people. Not only is this a tour across the USA, but it’s also a budget/camping tour, which is something I’ve always wanted to do, meaning that instead of bunking down in fancy hotels or even hostels sometimes, we would set up camp each night. These tours range from 3 days to 80 days.
This also means that there’s a LOT of material coming this way for the blog! Of course, I can’t spill all, but I will definitely share some of the inevitable stories that happen along the way… 3 months after the fact? No matter what happens, if it goes badly or fantastically, I know that this summer will be one to remember.
Have you ever taken on something terrifyingly challenging? Or faced with a huge decision? What happened?