New Directions

It’s been a while since I blogged here. For days I pondered on that, trying to figure out what I should blog about, so I figured I might as well fill you in on why I haven’t updated.

The short-short version is I quit my job, spent two amazing weeks with my BFF in France, then came back and started a new job that’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before.

For pictures taken in France, check out my new Photography page. So far I only have one album, but I will be adding more as I have the time.

The job situation is quite a change. For five or so years I worked as a cubicle jockey for various customer service call centres. [We won’t address the car sales job just now.]  Those jobs were highly structured, regimented, and ultimately soulless. I loved my coworkers, and they made it bearable, but listening to dental insurance complaints and trying to collect premiums from employers was killing my inner child. I felt like nothing I did really mattered. I wasn’t making anybody happy, or improving anybody’s life. I don’t consider myself an altruist, but in some way, I’ve always wanted to be a positive influence. I always wanted my writing, for example, to reach people and either make them think, or make them feel good.

So stuck in my dead-end job, I started looking for something outside of the company for the first time in three years. I landed the first interview I applied for, and got the job I interviewed for. Now I work for a local non-profit which started out as an HIV testing, prevention, and support organization. Now we’ve started a primary health centre focused on affirming care for LGBT and substance addiction populations. It’s an uphill road and there’s a lot of work to be done, but I am proud of the work we do. That’s more than I can say for any job I’ve had before.

And I think my eye finally stopped twitching.

If you or someone you know lives in the Harrisburg, PA area and feels they haven’t gotten the health care they deserve because of prejudice against their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status, please visit Alder Health Services. We also offer free STD screenings.

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