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This was originally posted on my friend Lynn Hidy’s website Up Your TeleSales on May 31, 2010.

Who Will You Be When The Pilgrimage Is Over?

Rose Niekrewicz-Winters is a friend of mine, I met when we were both on a bus trip with a band in Ireland…. ‘nuf said. Instead of telling you, I’ve asked Rose to share her pilgrimage and thoughts about it:

It’s been quite a long pilgrimage.  I’ve traveled through the past year and a half searching for a job.  Not just any job, but “the” job.  I know, I know – in this economy many would say I’m a fool to NOT just take any job.  What those people don’t realize is that if I just take any old job and then if it doesn’t work out and they lay me off, it could jeopardize my future unemployment status.  The bottom line is that I’m picky.

Who

Some may say it’s all about who you know.  I’ve found that sometimes that just doesn’t matter.  I have over 600 friends on Facebook, over 200 members in the motorcycle club, I’m in, thousands of hits to my blog, piles of former clients….  The list goes on and on.  Nobody seems to know anyone who is hiring.  I keep my ear to the ground because all it takes is 1 “right person” to drop your name at the right time.

Who I will be at the end of the journey is hopefully someone gainfully employed and happy at my job.  Push that angle aside and I’ll also be a person who took the time to get to know hundreds of people in the process and did good things for others along the way.

What

What did I do to keep my sanity?  I helped others.  I spent time working on a charity poker run for a girl with optic nerve cancer.  I helped some friends whose house burned down rebuild their lives.  I volunteered to help do work to open up the Double H “Hole in the Woods” Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY.  I helped out a friend who was in a motorcycle accident. I supported a friend whose daughter has leukemia and tried to help her spread the word about a fundraiser for her.  I tell friends that I may have an empty bank account and can’t financially contribute to everything I’d like, but I do have time and a bank full of good karma!

When

When did I find the time?  Being out of work many people assume you’ve got all the time in the world to run around and help them with their errands.  There is nothing further from the truth.  I look at my schedule lately and wonder “when will I find the time to work when I get that new job?”  When you get extra time in your life, life decides to throw things at you to fill the time!

Where

Where do you meet the people?  Anywhere and Everywhere!  I talk to people every chance I get.  I make friends at a local coffee shop, on vacation, at concerts, at networking events, online, through other friends….  I keep saying it only takes talking to the one right person to land that perfect job….

How

How I’ve dealt with being out of work so long is a common question.  The answer is by keeping a positive attitude.  I always keep in mind that nobody wants to hire a complainer who’s crying in their beer all the time.  So I’ve been careful not to be that person. At the end of the How Far Are You Willing to Travel article in the A Chip Off the Block newsletter some questions were asked.

How would you like it to be instead?

Obviously I’d like to be employed.  I’d love it to be with a solid company that’s willing to recognize and pay for a quality employee.  Those $10/hour job calls just frustrate me to the point of asking “Did you even read my resume??”

How open to new, sometimes crazy sounding ideas are you?

I started my job search very focused on a sales job.  Later I reflected on my career and realized I was selling myself short.  True I’ve held many sales positions as of late, but I also have done marketing, data processing, management, etc.  So pigeon holing myself was a horrible thing to do!  I later realized that opening myself up to other markets and other professions was a great idea and now I tell people that I’m keeping my options open and I’d love to hear their ideas, no matter how crazy they may sound.

Just last night a good friend told me that another mutual friend counts on me for my ideas.  Apparently I’m her “think tank” and I never knew it.  I’m analytical and try to think three steps ahead and my friend doesn’t normally think past the first step.  She let’s things unfold as they happen.  I’ve learned in life to think about the future because your actions today can make or break things.

How much effort will you put in?

I work hard so I can play hard.  Everyone likes to make money.  They’d be lying if they said otherwise.  I like to do a job in the most efficient way and get it out of the way.  I put in the effort to get a job done right the first time so it doesn’t have to be revised 4 times therefore wasting valuable “play time.”

How does this fit into your goals?

This all fits into my goals.  My goals are to work hard so I can afford to play hard.  I love to travel (in fact that’s how Lynn of Up Your Telesales and I met and became friends), ride motorcycles, attend concerts, etc.  All of that is tough to do when you’re unemployed.  So I’m hoping my positive attitude and outgoing personality I’m putting out there will pay off with the job of my dreams!

How will you keep going when it gets tough?

That’s a loaded question if I ever saw one!  Things have gotten tough.  Life is tough.  The question is will you choose to have a “Whoa is me” attitude or a positive attitude?  Attitude is half the battle!  Times get tough and somehow it motivates me to work harder and put in even more effort than I had prior.

In closing the How Far Are You Willing To Travel article said:  “It’s your pilgrimage so there are no right or wrong answers – plus if you’re happy with the path you’re on, continue!”

I may not always be happy with the path I’m on, but I’m always aware of the next crossroad and am very aware that my life can be very different based on the choices I make.  All events shape the outcome of future events.  Just like Marty and Doc discussed in Back to the Future It’s all about the “Space Time Continuum”. Make every moment count.

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Brianna

Brianna is my friend Danielle’s 12 year old daughter.  She has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  She’s been fighting for her life every day for the last year and has another 2 years of chemotherapy ahead of her.

So – I know many of my readers and LURKERS live in the Albany vicinity.  Get off your butts and come out and have a good time for a great cause at Envy Lounge.   There will be friends, food, music, raffles, great photos from a local photographer and a step team stepping for Brianna!!  It’s $10 at the door and all the proceeds go directly to the Howard family.  Check out the event page on Facebook.  And if you want to buy Chase for a Cure T-shirts you can get them here.

Brianna at the Bowling with Bieber event.

I hope to see you all there!!

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about tattoo parlors in the mall, and flip flop socks.  We visited Blue Heaven, talked about what to say to celebrities, and found a cool way to get exhausted.  I even told you the one thing I hate about going on vacation!

The Weekly Music: We listened to Sara Evans on Kelly’s iPod.

The Weekly Downer: Not being on vacation in Key West anymore!

The Weekly Worst Piece of Crap on TV: Lopez Tonight

The Weekly Beverage: Coconut Martini’s in Key West.  Also the Flying Monkey’s from Fogarty’s were good.

The Weekly Food: Calamari from P.F. Chang’s

The Weekly Amazing Fact: Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.

The Weekly Birthdays: Lisa Vosburgh, Melissa Purcell, Melanie Lewis, Pete Rochford, Scott Stewart, Dwane Decker, David Vance, Jennifer Kelly Neese, Sue Niekrewicz, Kate Christensen, and Paul Tomashosky.  I hope you all had wonderful birthdays.  I’m sorry if I missed getting your birthday message up on FB while I was out of town.  Leave me a comment to let me know what you did for your birthday!

The Weekly Activity: Recovering from traveling – Boats, Cars and Planes oh my!!!

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: Chase for a Cure – My friend Danielle’s daughter Brianna Chase is battling leukemia and I hope those of you who are local can make it out for a good cause at Envy Lounge.

Weekly Grand Totals: Hours to get from Key West, FL to Albany, NY.
2 minutes in the  taxi.
3 -1/2 hours on the ferry.
21/2 hours in the car.
4 hours sleep
4 hours on planes.

The Weekly Hypothetical: If money were no object, where would you want to go for a girls/guys get away??

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The Weekly Anniversary: Michael & I – Tuesday was 4 years!!
I wrote my anniversary blog Duck… Duck… No Goose!!
Michael wrote his anniversary blog With This Rose…

Michael & I

The Weekly Read: Soap Opera Digest

The Weekly Music: Kim mentioned the song “That’s What Friends Are For” on Facebook the other day.  That song reminds me of an assembly in elementary school when our school principal Mr. Lewis was retiring.  The student body sang it to him 🙂  Suzanne Rielly-Werbeck remembers it too!

The Weekly Movie: Heist while I wrote my heist movie blog.

Danielle & Brianna

The Weekly Yay!!: My friend Danielle’s daughter Brianna has leukemia and really wanted to win a contest through Jamz 96.3 to go bowling with Justin Bieber.  I didn’t have enough notice to get it up here on my blog, however I posted it up on Facebook and Twitter and she got enough votes and she won the contest!!  Thank you Jamz!!

Brianna is 2nd from the left ~ Bieber is in the middle.

The Weekly Time Waster: Saratogian Job Fair – See Michael’s blog….

The Weekly Schadenfreude: Joe Biden telling Obama “This is a big F*#king deal” and the microphone catching it….

The Weekly Food: We ate well this week 🙂  Broccoli, yellow & red peppers, garlic, parsley, zucchini, chicken, and chicken broth over bowtie pasta / Nachos / Chicken with mushrooms over rice / Duck with plum sauce along with mashed potatoes and gravy / chicken milanese from Bellini’s Italian Eatery

The Weekly Amazing Fact: A giraffe can clean it’s ears with it’s 21-inch tongue!!

Giraffes

The Weekly Birthdays: Stephanie Castronova Farina, Patrick Onufer, Katy Cagle, Amy Lynn Hunt, Meghan Touhey Santucci , Jessica Hainor-Bucci , Jodi Bridges, Tim Sorsdahl, Stephen Piorkowski, Matt Essery, Markus Armstrong, Kelly Humphries, and Mark LoseeI hope you all had wonderful birthdays!!  Did you do anything special for your big day?

The Weekly Craft: Learned the treble crochet stitch 🙂

The Weekly Activity: Searching for duck.  Finding a fresh duckling to make for dinner isn’t always an easy task.  I think we called about 6 places looking for one before someone had them 🙂

The Weekly person from Twitter that will be missed: Kelly G AKA: @AlbanyKelly is moving out of the Albany area.  We wish her well at her new job and hope to see her again soon!!

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: On April 19th my friend Maureen McCann is going to be running a marathon for Joints in Motion Arthritis Foundation in Boston, MA.  She is less than $600 from her $3,500 goal.  Please click this link and donate to help her reach her goal!!  Good luck with your training Maureen.  I know you can do it!!

Weekly Cookies: Dolce & Biscotti Fine Italian Bakery’s Italian Wedding Cake Cookies, Italian Frosted Cutout Cookies, Raspberry Drops and the Lemon Raspberry Shortbread cookies.  They’re all so yummy!!  Thank you to Mary & Donna for making up all the wonderful goodies that you do!  Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Breads…  Keep up the good work!  The wedding cakes on your Facebook page look great too!

Italian Wedding Cake Cookies

Italian Frosted Cutout Cookies

Raspberry Drops

Lemon Raspberry Shortbreads

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: How do you go about meeting new people?

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