Perky Perspectives

A positive view from young professionals building their careers


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From Realization to Inspiration

After Hannah coached me in parallel parking to sequester the rock star spot, we strolled into Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival. You can’t do this everyday, go to an awesome three-day series of concerts with a best friend on an early Friday afternoon. Hannah and I could do this though because we are in transition (a.k.a. unemployed).

Right now, I’m 25 living with the parents and financially dependent. This is not the career situation I imagined to be in at this point in life. Mom, Dad and I are still adjusting to each other after not all being in the same house for several years. Unemployment has made me grumpy and these feelings unfairly get directed toward my parents, which affects our relationship in ways I don’t like.

Entering the gates at Bunbury, Hannah makes a good observation, highlighting a perk to being unemployed that I have not fully appreciated. Wait, what? Unemployment has perks? Hannah notes how nice it is that we at least have the time and flexibility to enjoy the summer, miss rush hour, and relax to some great music.

We do enjoy a great summer weekend of music, which included getting to meet Eric Nally, the vocalist of Foxy Shazam.

Upon reflection of Hannah’s observation and the weekend, I say to myself, “O.K. So you aren’t where you thought you’d be career wise. That’s fine. But Kristin, this doesn’t mean you have to take the situation as a bad thing.”

With support from family and friends, I have time to look for a job within an organization that will help me build my dream career. I have time to enjoy the summer. I have time to develop discipline, sit down and learn to play the guitar I got in high school. My schedule is flexible. I can participate in activities such as roller derby because I have time to train to make the team. I have time to travel 15 hours by car to Vermont (a state I’d never visited) to see a best friend from college (who I only see over Skype because she currently lives in France) get married.

In case you missed it, I have time.

Staying positive and motivated in testing situations is easier said than done, I know. But it needs to happen. Appreciating the support and time I have is a start to achieving this. Changing my attitude can help build my relationship with the parents. Hannah’s observation and reflection inspired a new project: Perky Perspectives, which encourages me to check my attitude and be a proactive. Plus, I get to work with my friend. Maybe it will even help me find a job ­čÖé

Best to you,

Kristin

One last word: I was able to win free tickets to the Bunbury event, which I recommend doing to lower costs (especially helpful if you need to save money).

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