|JUST LIKE THE POSTCARD. Except bigger. And darker.|
On August 12 (a month ago already?!) I started working for the Girl Scouts! I run a program that brings Girl Scouts to underserved girls in the Austin area. It's a pretty great first job for this feminist social worker and I'm really happy about it. Last week I started my troops and it's been fun and interesting. I have seven troops, all with wide age ranges, and it's amazing how different their dynamics are. My job is also super-independent, which is a new and interesting experience, and a huge change from most of the jobs I've had, where somebody is always telling me what to do and how to do it. At the Girl Scouts, I have some extremely broad guidelines and everything else is up to me.
I have yet, however, to figure out how to be both a full-time employee (a role I haven't had in a long time thanks to the recession and grad school) and a blogger. I've only written three or four posts since starting the job and have read even less. I think that's changing though - I finally admitted that the book I was reading (The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin) just wasn't working for me, so I DNFed it and moved on to This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila, thanks to several good recommendations from fellow bloggers. Since then, I've been more motivated to read and hopefully that will make me a little more motivated to blog as well. In the meantime, while I'm finding a balance, I hope y'all will bear with me.