Category Archives: Rants & Raves

The Storyteller’s Irony: A Career Transition Journey

I got a letter from the State of California a couple of weeks ago. At first, I was worried that it was some new business tax I was gonna hafta pay. It was not. My heart dropped, nonetheless. The letter was notice that it’s coming up on time to renew my registration as an Associate Clinical…

Reinventing AMJ… #ReignyDayJobs #careerchanger #jobsearch

To Dare! To Imagine! To Do It!

ICYMI, I’m making a major career shift. speaking of job hunting, lemme try to get this cover letter done. it's hard reinventing your whole-ass career. — AMJones, ASW ♿️ (@AmandaMichelle) June 18, 2017 While much of this is due to the difficulties I’ve faced finding a job as a disabled clinical social worker, the rest of…

Birthdays Are Hard #WonderTwin36th

Today I turned 36. At 9:51am Eastern, to be exact. I couldn’t wind down last night so I was up until 5:30am. I awoke around 9am to watch a webinar, then went back to sleep until Dilla woke me up around 2pm. I remembered I needed to get to the post office, so I brushed…

Crafting a Way Forward, Part 2: Help Get #AMJtoLA

Table of Professional Skills

So this is actually post 3 in an unintentional series of posts about my next life transition. It seems we have entered a season of expression for AMJ (hush up all the Gemini slander… but it IS our time right now, so…) Tl;dr – it’s time for me to leave Chicago. I need help finding…

Something, Something, Fear… Blah, Blah, Prince…

NOTE: This post has been sitting in my drafts, unfinished since I started it on April 27th. Yay, fear! Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, when I should have been reading a book for a discussion I’m co-facilitating this Thursday or at least readying myself for bed, I saw Darren Rowse had tweeted a blog post on dealing with…

Crafting a Way Forward: When Career Planning Meets… Everything Else in Life

Perhaps you already know, but in case you don’t: I dabble in astrology. In fact, at one point, I wanted to have an astrology career as a side hustle. (Confession: I still consider it.) I certainly have (woefully underutilized) clairvoyant tendencies and I am also rather committed to identifying and understanding patterns in the world….

When Poverty & Disability Meet Opportunity: A Crowdfund Feasibility Study (Of Sorts)

Tl;dr I’m debating whether to start a crowdfund and I want to get a feel for responses. I’ve been through one before and had an incredibly stressful experience. (Apparently asking for help with paying for healthcare really pisses people off.) Now, I’m facing $8,000 in expenses for both a non-covered healthcare need and a professional…

Mourning Dr. Maya Angelou…

Confession: This post is going to be pretty much about me & my process. It is not eloquent. I’m supposed to be either sleeping or doing homework right now. But one of my heroes passed away and Universe has decided I needed to write about it. And I recognize that Auntie Maya would not be…

EOY RECAP!

So I know I didn’t post much this year (as my annual report will tell you) but it’s been one hell of a year! I’m gonna try to keep this recap to 12 (main) bullet points, though… January brought my first official conference as a PhD student. I was only able to go because I…

Starting Over #phdchat #phdforum #bphd

I don’t have time to say much in this post, except to: Acknowledge that I still have not finished my post-surgery update. The storify I did has gotten incredibly jumbled and I really just don’t have time. But I like to cling to random things, so it sits, gathering e-dust. Give a heads up that…

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