Kiss5Tigers

The 5 Tigers represent the big things in life. This blog is about facing them.


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Job Leads

Employment continues to be an issue in my life.

I have an interview Friday with Michael’s craft stores. I’m actually pretty excited about it. I love craft stores. I’m more concerned that I’ll spend my whole paycheck on art supplies! Keep a good thought for me as I go through the interview process.

I heard from a friend who is deployed that the government is looking for people to work public assistance. I am currently assigned to individual assistance, which is helping hook people up with grant money to repair their damaged homes. I like the job. I had fun doing it. But the last time I worked was 10 months ago.

I know, not having a disaster is a good thing, but I want to work. Public assistance is the civic level of help. It’s support for infrastructure and teams like firemen. It also gets called in to play on more occasions than individual assistance. There are 5 open public assistance calls and only 1 individual assistance county. Less personal involvement, but more work.

So I have been provided with the application information to change cadres from individual assistance to public assistance. I need to work.

I attended the Prism awards last night. I met a woman who works for UT Southwestern. I told her I was learning grant writing. She gave me her card and asked me to keep in touch about how successful I am at it. I think, if I get any good at it, that it could lead to a job.

I prefer to work with people, but money’s gotta come from somewhere.

So, we’ll see. Lots of things going on, something’s gotta give.


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Hopeful Things

I’m feeling better, so that’s good. My ribs are still sore from being sick so it’s painful to cough but that will improve with time.

I made an amends to someone today. I don’t know what I needed to do, apologize doesn’t exactly work, so I ended up with 12-step language. She said we’re good, so I’m glad I did it.

Group was good today. The tables in the room had been rearranged and it gave us a different energy. Plus new people. One of them talked about his wife with such emotion, it’s so cool to see married people still in love. Made me happy.

I had breakfast with my daughter. She is planning to go back to school in January, assuming I get to work. She’s only planning on going part time, so with books it should be around $600, which is affordable. IF I’m working. Which I probably will be, since it’s storm season.

Ah, work. I enjoy working when I can. I wish I would be called back to work soon. It’s been since December, and people I know have been deployed, just not me. Well, that 12 day deployment earlier this month, so I hope they contact me again soon. I need to spend more time on USAJobs.gov to see what I can get.

I need to start reading the grant writing book that Bonnie gave me. I meet with her next week, wait, later this week, so I should have at least some idea of what I’m doing.

Grant writing is one of those things that, if I’m going to work in mental health, I’d better learn how to do it. It would be great to be able to take Kiss5Tigers and make it a 501(c)(3) non profit. (At least I think that’s the right code.) Or if I could set up 5Tigers Charities as a wholly- owned entity. Ah, dreams, lol.

So yeah, it will be useful to me, it will give back to a place that has given me quite a bit, and it’s a marketable skill. Win-win to be mentored in grant writing. Which I’ve known for years.

I need to be in touch with APAA about space for the WRAP class. I did speak with someone a couple weeks ago and he said it would take a while, but I need to make details public as soon as I can. I have the instructor, I have students, I just need a classroom.

I need to work on something creative. I have a scarf I can knit, but I really want to paint. Maybe tomorrow afternoon, after Recovery International.

I need to get that list of bands to my friend. A friend is looking for some new music and thought my daughter would be a good source, so I asked her for a list of 6 or 10 bands she thought I’d like, that I could share with my friend. I have the list, I just haven’t shared the information yet.

Things are going well. Stuff in progress, all looking good.