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I Got A Job

As you all know, I’ve been job hunting over the past couple of months. But I’ve also been very picky with where I apply and where I work. I didn’t want to just work anywhere and for the sake of money; I wanted to find an employer where I could be happy, where there was ample room for growth and where I could build a career.

After my clinical training in a long-term care facility, I was definite that I didn’t want to work in that environment. The caregiver to patient ratio is absolutely devastating. I understand that many people or their family’s cannot afford private care, but it depresses me to see one PSW working with 10, 11 or 12, 13, etc. patients.; its unfair to the patients and to the caregivers/PSWs. It’s physically draining for the PSW and the patient doesn’t get all the time, affection or compassion they need and deserve.

Don’t get me wrong, many of the PSW’s that work in long-term care are extremely compassionate and loving but when you have 10 or 11 patients that require you to do nearly everything for them and you’re on time restrictions to get everything done in time for breakfast, lunch, dinner or activities; it makes it hard to spend the time time comfort or reassure the patients.

Long-term care homes break my heart and when I think about why I got into this profession, I cannot make myself want to work like that, even if the money is better than in other places.

So, I searched for retirement homes that were hiring and reached out to friends in the industry to see if they knew anywhere that was hiring and hold behold, a friend came through and submitted my resume at his workplace.

I began interviewing before the holidays at this luxurious retirement home; I call it luxurious because it is so beautifully built and kept, it looks better than many five-star hotels. As the new year began, I was losing hope because I hadn’t heard back from the hiring manager; which was strange because the interviews went so well. Even one of my former office managers whom I used as a referral told me the hiring manager was thrilled by the feedback she gave her. So, why wasn’t the call coming?

The holidays and busyness leading up to them got her schedule completely full and she wasn’t able to get back to me until after the break. Thankfully though, I got the call and was hired as a permanent part-time resident care partner (RCP), it’s a fancier word for Personal Support Worker. But I’m happy with the title and position.

I started working a couple of weeks ago picking up causal shifts here and there and will officially start on my permanent shift starting this Sunday. I’m a little nervous but have faith that I will excel and be one of the best care providers that I can be.

Wish me luck and send me your blessings so that I may provide the best compassionate care to my residents and succeed in the vision I have of myself doing this job.

Xoxo ~ Tamana

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The End Of Another Chapter 

Today I close another chapter of my life and embark on a journey towards bigger and better things. I’ve decided to end my relationship with the media industry and also quit working with/for my husband. 

A year ago, I quit my project management job out of frustration towards ill-behaved managers and lack of professionalism. I joined my husband at a restaurant he has stakes in and became his business development assistant manager. That role entailed me to develop marketing plans for him to reach new clients and promote his catering offerings. My success is that he now has at least four new house accounts that frequently order catering from him. I was also his cashier, administrator and voice for all email communication.

It was nice to work in a self-employed environment; making my own shifts and developing new business ideas. But that ship has sailed and I’m ready to do something new and different, away from the food and media industry.

My father always hoped that one of his children would go into the healthcare industry; whether it was to become a doctor, a nurse, a physiotherapist or medical assistant. None of us did; until now.

On Monday, I begin working towards becoming a Personal Support Worker (PSW). It was a tough decision but one I had to take to ensure the betterment of my career and future of my family. I’ve had a lot of people give me a critical reaction to my decision to become a PSW but that hasn’t altered my decision; my biggest critic and supporter being my husband. 

It’s hard work, I get it. However, it is also rewarding work and I’m moving into an industry that will never phase out. Plus, I can be a very selfish person at times and for me this new job will be a way of giving back to the world and possibly enlightening a few people’s lives that I may touch. 

I’m excited to be starting this new journey of mine and hope that I will succeed in it as I have in previous journies. I hope you’ll all send your good wishes and thoughts my way as I embark on my new career path and goals.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, my lovelies! I wish you great accomplishments, happiness, love and successes for this New Year. 

I don’t know what I will be doing for New Year’s Eve, however, I do know what I will be doing after that. Every year, I tell myself that I will not make resolutions. But this year, I will be making a list of New Year’s resolutions and planning on how to stick to them and fulfill each of them. 

But for now, let’s just celebrate the ending of 2016 and welcome 2017 with open arms for all the new beginnings we will experience and chapters we’ll close. 

Happy New Year’s Eve! Party hard but stay safe! Xoxo

The End Of A Chapter

  As you all know, yesterday was my last day at my current employer. As anticipated, it was a bittersweet day. I woke up ecstatic with the thought of not going there anymore. But as I drove there for the last time, I started thinking of all the people I would no longer see every single day. Most of these people, I have known for the full seven years I have been employed there and some I just met. So many of these people have made a difference in my life and have been with me through various life events. 

I think the hardest part of yesterday was handing back my parking pass and hugging everyone goodbye. 

But after work, a couple of my close friends surprised me with sparkling wine and a beautiful gift to celebrate my new job. It was an amazing night and I am so eagerly looking forward to what Monday brings. Wish me luck! I hope it’s everything I’ve made it out to be!

The Last Day 

 

Morning sun – a new beginning
Seven years later, today is my last day at my current employer. It will be a day full of mixed emotions. I’ve waited for this day for the past year, I’ve counted for when this day would come and today it is finally here.

Until recently, I had never thought I would quit, but I did and I am so happy for what’s coming next and slightly sad for everyone I won’t see every day anymore. I’ve made some very good friends here and realizing that I won’t see them much does hurt. But I know they all understand that it was time for me to move on and begin something new. 

I’m moving into a new dimension of the media world; advertising as a Project Manager. I’ve done a lot of project and product management during my current role, but I’ve finally earned the title; sadly at a different company. But it’s a new job, new company, new colleagues and hopefully some new friends and lots of new experiences. 

So today I close this chapter and bid my friends and colleagues goodbye and open the next chapter with a blank page and lots of anticipation. Wish me luck, won’t you?