The Art of (trying to) Get(ting) Ahead

I’ve sat in this same spot at the same place for the past few months. The routine never changes: I come in and Heather asks me what I’m having. Usually, I settle for a wine, but on occasion I’m in the mood for a beer. Almost every time I’ve come into Swirl, I order a drink and surf the web looking for a job. I’m always successful at finding a job I want. Landing the job in question is the real problem.

Sometimes I wonder if this is the plight of the millennial generation in the job market or if I’m just drinking too much of the kool-aid. I do know one thing to be certain: the current job I have in no way allows me to use my degree. The degree I thought I was being wise in getting. The degree I thought would put me “ahead of the curve”, so to speak. However, it seems to have only landed me $30,000 in debt. Now, I’m sure many people would say I brought this upon myself having majored in English, but I’ve never believed in the “a-degree-in-English-is-useless” stereotype. I suppose I’m not really proving that by admitting I’m not using my degree at work, but I’ve looked into the possibilities as an English major and I have options! It’s capitalizing on those options that I seem to be having trouble with.

But, that’s where the blog comes in. As a writer, I have always wanted to start a blog. I journal about my anxiety all the time; blogging would be the same thing except public and with a lot less whining and self-contradictions. The one roadblock I ever had with starting a blog was…starting the blog. I think I had this vision in my head that I had to become a blogging sensation or else my blog was a failure and frankly, I just need to do this for myself. I need to get back into writing again. I need to start loving it like I used to before I got burned out by academe and prove to myself and that I can not only talk the talk, I can walk the walk.

But, what was my blog going to be about? That was the long-standing question. I am a woman of many hobbies and interests and narrowing my blog down to one cohesive subject was always a challenge. I had at point thought of writing a blog about my adventures in Milan. Back when I was planning on moving to Milan. However, due to various circumstances, I ended up staying in Kansas City. Prior to going away to college in Ohio I would’ve thought staying in Kansas City, the place where I was born and raised, would be a fate worse than death. And maybe to some of you, in comparison to Italy, it still is. But, living in Ohio made me realize how much I truly love being a Kansas City native and how much KC has to offer. While we may not be Chicago or New York City, there is an amazing local scene that is constantly growing and trying to keep up with all of it can be a real challenge. With all the cool things people have in the works, you can’t afford to miss a thing and why would you want to?

I said earlier that I was writing this blog for myself and while it’s true that I’m writing for my own self improvement, I want to give my fellow Kansas City-ans(-ites?) a way to keep up with up-and-coming local businesses, events, etc. around Kansas City. This City’s unique culture could use a little spotlight and I never saw how great KC was until I realized how not into Ohio I was. I guess my high school psychology teacher was right when he told me I would come to appreciate KC when I was older. Even as I sit in this wine bar and absent-mindedly wave at fellow regulars and smile at fearless newcomers, I realize that this routine in my growing city is home. And there’s no other place I’d rather be.

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