The saying “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” is one that is traditionally associated with the month of March due to winter ending in the beginning of the month and spring starting at the end. While March has gone out like a lamb, hopefully April will be a lion. Right now, it looks like it will at least start that way…busy…and then hopefully…busier.
Although I haven’t found the golden ticket yet and secured a paying job, I still manage to have hope for what’s ahead. Right now, even though I’m essentially broke, the glimmer that keeps me excited is all of the non-job stuff that I have upcoming on my plate. Call me crazy or call me delusional, because in this instance, I probably am.
Just don’t tell me I’m lacking passion.
Yesterday in fact, I was in Manhattan, back at K-State to meet with several philanthropic causes that I talked about in my last blog entry. Between starting the Autism Speaks U chapter at K-State and meeting with two different organizations committed to raising money for K-State cancer research, it was a busy and productive day. There are some exciting things in store for all of those groups and I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen in the future.
Back to the month of April.
To start off the month, I am going to be picking up volunteer hours at a second hospital here in the area and I’m continuing to have meetings with different career types in the autism/asd community both here in the Kansas City area and in other parts of the country where I have been reaching out.
The second week of April will bring the beginning of my kidney donation process with the psychological evaluation, which I hope to pass with flying colors.
The third week of the month will be exciting because it will bring me my first speaking engagement at a panel event hosted by the CDC in Atlanta on April 17 and then a second Atlanta panel event with a different organization on April 18.
As if this wasn’t exciting enough, in either mid or late April, I will most likely be going up to Fargo, North Dakota to interview for a job with a company that specializes in hiring people with autism and autism spectrum disorders. I have never been to North Dakota before but I’m excited to see what it’s like. Also, I just received confirmation that I will be speaking at a conference in Bismarck, North Dakota this October, which I’m very excited about as well.
Needless to say although I’ve got many great things coming up, the elephant in the room is that I have no job and little finances right now. As I’ve said before, while I don’t regret my beginning-of-the-year trip to Europe, ultimately, from a financial standpoint, I think that certainly set me back more then I should be at this point. But, as the French say, C’est La Vie.
Either way, I’m ready to launch. With everything that I’ve been working on lately, I hope that by the end of April, I have some exciting things in place. I just wish that instead of going broke right before I started the month of events, the financial situation could have taken a dive if absolutely necessary, more in the middle of the month once I had gotten established with some of these upcoming activities.
Although I am always questioning which direction God wants to take my life, I think I’m confident enough that something will turn up for me soon. I’d like to think that God doesn’t possess a cruel sense of humor and that he isn’t out to get me to fail miserably. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and continuing to pray that SOON, his plan can be revealed for me, far better than it is right now.
Until next time…