Creatively Keeping Busy

Now that I have settled into my new home and new relationship, I’m ready to get back on the horse of real life. Well, whatever the words “real life” mean, anyway. I am thrilled with my willingness to change and try new things and get back to the things that bring joy to my life. Continue reading “Creatively Keeping Busy”

Vocational Rehabilitation: A Primer

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are an important part of the job search for people with disabilities. Generally, those who are receiving Supplemental Security Income, (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are considered eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation programs. Continue reading “Vocational Rehabilitation: A Primer”

Hiring Incentives for People with Disabilities

In keeping with this month’s theme of disability employment awareness, I would like to share various resources that may either help you in your current position or in job seeking. This article focuses on information for job seekers, and I have included some organizations and websites that may be useful in finding rewarding employment. Finding a job is hard enough in these times of high unemployment; however, I believe we can all find satisfying work with a little effort. Continue reading “Hiring Incentives for People with Disabilities”

Working It with Networking

Work it at the networking event! Networking is something that scares many people. Having to talk to strangers and trying to sell yourself or your services to them can be intimidating. Networking is one of the most valuable tools you can use in your job search. Keep in mind, that when networking, you are not demanding a job from the person. Networking is all about gathering information about job fields, forming relationships with professionals, finding referrals to hiring managers, and if you are lucky—when a job comes up, your contact may recommend you! With the economy as it is these days, it is very difficult to find a job, apply for it, and get it right away. A more effective way of getting your foot in the door is to network with employers or people that have connections to employers.

Work it at the networking event! Networking is something that scares many people. Having to talk to strangers and trying to sell yourself or your services to them can be intimidating. Networking is one of the most valuable tools you can use in your job search. Continue reading “Working It with Networking”

The Three Circles Tool

Once you have established the circles, enjoy filling them in. Whenever things start to feel out of control, stop and close your eyes. Bring the image of the circles to your mind and see what is causing the problem. You may have put too many people in the First Circle or let someone from the Third Circle in too soon. Remember you are in control. You can rectify this. It does not come without some struggle and pain but the right things are always the hardest to do. It becomes easier in time to figure out who and what goes where and becomes second nature.

Life is a constant highway with bright lights, noise, people, directions, emotions, and the dreaded traffic jams. We are constantly exposed to unplanned detours and unhealthy ‘fumes’. People constantly ask me how I cope and manage so well. How I manage to live as full a life as possible despite my condition. Continue reading “The Three Circles Tool”