A year from now, my life will be pretty much completely different.
Tomorrow is my very last day as a GIS Analyst in Hickory. After five and a half years, I am leaving. Why? Well it turns out when your job is based off of contracts, when the contracts run out, you're out of a job. In the beginning of June, I was told that they probably would not be able to pay me any more after September 30th.
Needless to say, I freaked out.
How am I going to pay my bills?
What am I going to do for insurance?
Well, the first thing I did was get online and apply for every GIS (mapping) position in NC that I could find. I think I applied for six jobs that first day.
After a few weeks though, I wasn't hearing anything back and I was running out of positions to apply for. I was checking jobsites several times a day. Then I got a call for a interview! Four days later I went to that interview.
And... I was pretty darn sure I tanked. TANKED. I'm just one of those people that get nervous and my mind goes completely blank when I realize I'm nervous. I was tripping over my words and repeating myself. When they got to the GIS questions part of the interview, I had NO IDEA what the heck they were talking about. But somehow I got through it, and went home. And looked for more jobs.
At some point I was starting to feel a little hopeless, but then there's Carmen. Carmen is a pretty positive person, and she talked to me and told me that if I think positively, things will go positively. So, that's what I did. I started to see the good side of all of this. If I did go on unemployment, I could at least sleep in. Some of my bills I'd be able to defer. I still had my Outback job, so I could possibly still pay my mortgage. I could trade my car in and get something older that I wouldn't have to make payments on. I could put all of my focus on planning my wedding. Things would be okay. And I would find a job.
This positive thinking thing really does help. Carmen is a genius.
So, then I got a call from the people I interviewed with. And a job offer. WHAT? I couldn't believe it, but yes, I got a new job. A better job, really.
And on Monday, I start my new job, and my life will be changing.
In January, I'm getting married. Shortly after we will move to Winston-Salem, and we will have a new house/apartment/condo to live in. We may even get a dog. Next July 22? I will be in a totally different situation.
I will miss my friends in Hickory very dearly, but I will only be an hour away. I will miss my coworkers and that sense of family that I have with them. I will miss Katie and how she knows exactly what to say. I will miss Carmen, and living next door. When something breaks in my house in Winston, I will not be able to run next door and ask them what to do. And I won't have my trivia nights with her... Perhaps we'll set up a weekly dinner in Statesville or something.
Things will be different.
But we will okay. :)