Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Good Morning, rest of my life...

This morning I made my first student loan payment in a very long time.  I had been paying back after my first masters, and then I went back for a second so the payment went away for a while.  So here we are again, and honestly, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I know that I am lucky to have had the opportunity to access funds to get to go to school.  I would also appreciate at the opportunity to have my loans reduced based on the work that I do.

For someone with my level of education and work experience I feel comfortable saying I am under-compensated.  This is not simply the organization I work for, it's the industry standard.  Unfortunately social services and the non-profit sector have bought into the idea that we should be so lucky to do this work and do it for less than say, hospitals or the government.  In doing so, we have created an environment that is often rife with burnout, frustration and struggling to survive workers.  The same workers that are charged with the helping the clients to seek their own empowerment and change in their lives.  I have been saying for years, we need to overhaul the thinking of the non-profit sector and educate the community so that these incredibly important services, provided by incredibly talented individuals can continue and not just burn out....

Anyway, yay for having a job that I actually enjoy the work I get to do.  Yay for having the financial resources to pay towards my educational loans.  And yay for trying to explore the how we can gain access to education and pay for it in a way that does not leave those dedicated to services, needing services themselves.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Oooh dang!

I can't believe it's been over a month since I posted up in here. I have been trying to find a way to balance my desire to write with my lack of desire to sit in front of a computer once I get home from work. Challenging... 

Anyway, I am going to try to get back on the blogging train. At the very least, back to the self care that is Blissful Bites. I believe it is very helpful to me to spend time focusing on the positives in my life and to walk to the talk of self-care.

 Lastly, I am throwing it out to the universe - I need a king sized bed. It's a long story, that I will share another day, and know this - a king size bed would change my life for the better. Hope any and all of you that check-up on this little blog are doing well and I promise to get back at it!