Creating a Fresh Start

I need a fresh start in my professional life, but I don’t know where to begin. Right now, it feels like my job is slowly trying to kill me. On an average workday, I need to eat around 3700 calories to be healthy. To have a healthy, clean diet, this amounts to a lot of food for me to eat without causing mental and physical distress as I recover from bulimia. A new job would be incredibly beneficial in my recovery, and untimely, my health and happiness.

But where to start? I have many interests, but not many skills I can showcase as I continue my job search. I need to break away from my history of manual labor jobs. I don’t know where to go once I am free. Where should I place my energy as I figure out what to do with my life? I am going to have to start at the bottom, but I don’t know which potential to pursue. I could attempt to go back to school and pay attention or find a job that doesn’t require experience and build my skills from there.

Transitioning from a well paying stable job, to likely a minimum-wage with no benefits sounds like a disastrous move to make. But it is going to have to happen if I want to live. Bills will be too much to pay, and as I approach my 28th birthday this week, I am considering taking steps to move in with my parents. My dad and step-mom live within a reasonable distance from my current job, and moving there would ease the transition if I get the chance to pursue something new. I have also considered other means to supplement my income, such as Uber as I make this transition.

I am terrified of this next step in my life but eager to begin. Now I have to decide which path I should take. I have a lot of thinking and research to do before I make any serious moves. But for now, I will spend this evening making dinner, taking pictures of a Red-breasted Nuthatch, and preparing myself for the long week ahead. I’ll get a break to prepare for my future eventually.

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