If we were having coffee, I would tell you about how the majority of this week has consisted of job applications with minimal exploring in between. Although there is so much to see and do in the DC area, being unemployed has resulted in me staying at home and not doing a whole lot in an effort to save money. That’s okay because when it all comes down to it, I’m a bit of a homebody. However, it’s also gotten a bit excessive to the point where I’ve started having conversations with the cat in between job applications.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about the exploring I did do this week. Last Sunday, I explored more of Arlington on foot and somehow ended up across the bridge in Georgetown along the way. It was a heck of a lot of walking but it was a beautiful day, some good exercise, and I got to see so much!
On Wednesday, after spending all of Monday and Tuesday at home applying for jobs, I was feeling a little stir crazy so I went into DC, worked on a job application for a little bit at a coffee shop, and then walked around Downtown. I headed to the National Mall (which I discovered is completely under construction right now), walked past the Washington Monument, down Pennsylvania Avenue past the White House (the President was home and there were Secret Service people EVERYWHERE), and then on to the nearest metro station to go home. It wasn’t a huge adventure and I wasn’t visiting anywhere new, but it was nice to get out; there is only so much time one can spend filling out job applications before going slightly mad.
If we were having coffee, I’d save the most exciting news for last–I got a job! Today! At a coffee shop in Downtown DC! I’ll be working at a barista in an awesome location and so I’m officially, as of approximately 1:00 pm EST today, no longer unemployed! I got a call for the interview on Friday, went in for the interview today–Saturday–and was hired on the spot. I know I could have found a secretary or administrative job that pays more, but I really do love being a barista. Anyways, this isn’t a long term deal. Just until I find a higher paying office position. I’m just happy to know that I’m employed and that I’ll be having a paycheck coming in a few weeks. Life isn’t all about the money, but money is necessary to get by in life.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that as excited as I am to be employed, I also feel apprehension. Now that I have a job and filled out all the paperwork, etc., etc., the reality of living here long-term is actually starting to sink in. It’s what I want, yes. I just love this area so much and I’m so happy to be here, yes. That said, it’s still nerve-racking. I don’t have a solid friend group here, yet. I don’t really know anyone besides my current roommates and a few other Morris grads who are also living out here. I miss my family and friends in Minnesota. I’m realizing that as much as I like Arlington, I really do want to move into DC–and even though this barista position is temporary, I don’t know how temporary; finding a place to live in a city as expensive as DC on a minimum wage salary kind of scares me. I turned my dream to move to DC a reality and that’s amazing…but there’s still so much uncertainty at this point and adjusting to a new life in a completely different part of the country is still hard.
If we were having coffee, I’d probably take a deep breath and make a comment about needing to go and practice some yoga. I’d tell you that I spent the afternoon after my hiring success walking around more of the city. I didn’t explore this place enough when I lived here during my internship and I can’t wait to do that now. I do love this city. So much. I have so much more to see of it, too. I’d tell you that I’m meeting a fellow Morris grad for brunch tomorrow and how I’m so excited to catch up with her. There is so much uncertainty in life, yes. It’s okay to feel apprehension now and then. However, this life is so freaking cool and I’m so happy I followed my dream to move to DC despite all the uncertainties. Attitude is everything and, with the right attitude, everything will work out in time.
If we were having coffee, I’d be ready to switch it off to you–and I’d ask if you have anything to share over coffee.
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part-Time Monster