Guess Who Has a New Job (again.)

Hey friends,

So my last blog post – from over a year ago, yikes – was about a new job that was going to allow me all to have Monday-Friday free and all kinds of traveling freedom, in theory. In reality, I didn’t travel nearly as much as I thought I would. However, I did manage to squeeze in a day trip around NC here and there, a week long climbing trip to Chattanooga, a two week trip to Europe (specifically London, Paris and Venice) for my birthday and a short trip to NYC (specifically Rockefeller Center) for Christmas! A few pictures are below 🙂 All in all not a total loss, but working 40 hours in a 56 hour window was just too draining to be sustainable, and most of the time I was too busy recovering from working all weekend to even think about traveling. Unfortunately, I was looking for a way out of my job almost immediately after I started it. *womp womp womp*

Take Two!

In true millennial spirit, basically 1 year later, I have another new job! I’m going to be a traveling Med Tech, and my first placement is going to be in Browning, Montana! (30 mins from Glacier National Park. Eeeeeeep!) Compared to my last job, this is such a better fit for me. Not only do I get to travel for free, but the assignments are usually 13 weeks long which is plenty of time to really immerse yourself in a new surrounding and actually get to experience a different setting – something I felt like I missed out on in Europe. Oh yeah and did I mention that they’re going to pay me to travel? How awesome is that? In my last position, I was so torn between traveling and feeling like I was handling my finances responsibly. Don’t get me wrong, I pride myself on being a **budget traveler, but every time I booked something new, I couldn’t help but think, “there’s another chunk of money that could have been put towards saving up for a downpayment on a house.” This led to me looking for other options, and boy, did I hit the jackpot. I found a company that will not only pay for you to get from one assignment to another (aka travel the country), but they actually pay for your housing and utilities (aka save up your money) and send you a monthly food stipend as well (aka SAVE UP YO MONEY). Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Clearly that person was just not as stubborn as me.

I’m so thankful for this new job, especially considering I ended up getting placed in Montana on my very first assignment. When I agreed to work as a traveler, I figured I would just have to take what I could get until I could get what I wanted, but my dream location just fell into my lap, and I am over the moon about it. I’m still amazed at how quickly my situation has turned around considering I was still working at my last job not even a month ago, and I’m leaving for Montana in just a few days. I hope it’s an encouragement to you if you’re stuck in a rough season; everything can change in the blink of an eye.

Anyway all of that is to say expect more blog posts from me, and expect them to come more than once a year. I’m looking forward to all the places I will see and especially all the people I will meet. I cannot wait.

Stay tuned!

**Everything I know about traveling cheap I learned from Nomadic Matt. Read all of his books right now. They will change your life.

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I guess I have a blog now?

Let me go ahead and preface this by saying I’m not a writer. I just graduated from UNC with a degree in Clinical Lab Sciences, and writing was involved in maybe 5% of my education. The rest was

  • a lot of memorizing anatomy, pathology, diseases, etc.
  • several late nights cramming for upcoming exams
  • a handful of psychotic breaks

BUT it landed me a sweet job in a hospital right after I graduated!
* smooth segue*  
I’m excited to announce that I have a new job! I’ve just been hired to work in a laboratory with some very unique hours. I’ll be pulling two 16-hour shifts then one 8-hour shift leaving me with Monday-Friday completely free. When I first accepted this job, I went into it thinking I would just take whatever I could get. I’m a new college grad with thousands in loans and a need for a steady income. Sure, the hours aren’t ideal, but it’s a job, right? I’ll just stick with it until something better shows up. While I was thinking about what I would do for the other five days of the week, images of me sitting at home, maybe reading (probably actually Netflix binging) and occasionally going to the gym (Bojangles’) all came to mind. Then I realized I was looking at this all the wrong way.

One of my climber friends recently became unemployed, so I suggested traveling/climbing while he had the free time. However, he told me that most of his days were spent job hunting. Another friend of mine is in undergrad and has told me how she would love to take climbing trips, but can’t because funds are tight since she’s fighting off student loans. It was then that I realized what an incredible opportunity I had in front of me; I’ve been put in a unique position that allows me both time and money, a situation very few people have the privilege of obtaining, so I decided to make the most of it, climb across the beautiful crags of America and hopefully meet some cool people along the way. I’m currently reading other stories of people who are living out of their cars and traveling about the country, and I’m planning on fixing up my Wrangler and turning it into my new home from Monday-Friday.  My next post will come with photos of Jamey (my jeep) after I’ve removed the back seat, and turned her into a bed/kitchen/closet/garage/etc.

So that’s all. Writing is hard, and it took a lot of effort to pop ^that out, so how about instead of a thoughtful, conclusive ending, we just end this post with a cliché quote!

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”                                       -William Feather

So long, friends!