It’s not the “groove” that you’re thinking about.
Let me explain.
Career-wise, the last 5 years of my life have been the most challenging years ever. I finished my graduate school studies during the Great Recession and attempted to land a job at government and not-for-profit organizations, which were badly affected by the economy’s downturn. I was left to work for minimum wage in jobs I’m ashamed to admit on a public platform.
For a long time, I was stagnant in my career. It was more than the economy that was affecting my career growth. Somewhere along my career path, I let my failures and other unfortunate circumstances eat away at my confidence. I didn’t get the job I wanted because I didn’t believe I could get it. I sabotaged my own progress through the negative things I was telling myself. Instead of seizing an opportunity, I would relieve all the bad memories of events that had occurred in recent years.
In July, three weeks shy of my 30th birthday, I packed up my car and drove 331 miles up I-85N to North Carolina to begin a new chapter in my life. I enrolled in a one year master’s program in clinical informatics at a prestigious university. Although I was anxious about trying something new, I knew that what lied ahead of me would be greater than what I left behind.
Eight months later, I’m still in NC and halfway finished with my second master’s degree. I couldn’t be more pleased with my progress. The classes have been tough, but I have done well. I’ve met some incredible health professionals that have inspired me! I’m back to planning, creating to-do lists, and scheduling informational interviews to learn all I can about my field. My confidence is slowly building back up and I am excited about the opportunities that await after my August graduation.
Sure, the bad memories attempt to seep back into my memory, but I ward them off. Although I am not always successful at such attempts, I am rest assured that my best and brightest days are still ahead of me. I couldn’t be happier.
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