Hey! How has everyone been? It has been so long since I’ve written. I graduated in May, went to Key West with my parents, worked all summer, went to Martha’s Vineyard with the client I care for, moved out of my apartment in Mount Hope, relocated to a different part of the Bronx closer to my job, and now I am just trying to figure out where to go from here.

I’m starting to think about careers and try to figure out what I want to do. That’s a huge issue because I really wouldn’t mind having any job. Obviously, in dreamland, I’d be working for National Geographic, a TV network, some other media outlet that centers on travel/adventure, or an NGO, but as I’ve figured out, getting your foot in the door at any of those places at 27 years old with two MAs but no practical experience is a pipedream. SO, for now I am just scoping out different companies and getting my resume/CV and cover letters ready to apply.

I may be going on an international trip in December, but I’m not going to say where until all the details are ironed out. If it works out, I hope to do another series, like Italia in 40!

I would love to tell you I have some amazing plans for the fall and that I’ll be writing more often, but I really don’t know. I’ve been working 45-53 hours a week for two months, so I really don’t have any time to plan out cool blogs or go places to write about. I work, I eat, I sleep, I try to exercise, I have some beer/wine, I watch movies, and that’s about the extent of it. I don’t go to the movies or out to eat, so reviews are off the table.

For those of you that follow me on Facebook, you know that I work with a lady that has advanced dementia. In recent months the job has become increasingly more challenging, so when I get off work I usually just want to have some intelligent conversations, read, and sleep. I don’t have children so this job has been a big challenge for me recently because my client is completely dependent on me when I’m around, yet she is an adult so she is very resentful that she needs my help which often causes her to lash out at me. It is so, so difficult to be patient and caring when someone doesn’t want/like to receive your help but desperately needs it. It’s also hard to forget the unkind things she does and says and to pretend it never happened. In her mind it never happened because she forgets saying and doing things, so I have to act as though it didn’t happen too, even when it hurts my feelings. I obviously don’t take it personally because of her condition, but it doesn’t make it easier.

I have permission to write about my experiences with my client, but I really don’t feel right writing blog after blog about her condition since it’s my job. I will try to write more about my experiences in the coming months, but it’s pretty depressing so I don’t think it’s really suitable material. Do any of you have experience caring for a loved one with cognitive issues? What was your biggest challenge? How did you cope with the pressure?

I really do want to start a podcast or vlog, but when you work all the time it’s hard to come up with interesting things to talk about at length and then find the time to edit. I have some footage from my trips that I’d love to upload, so hopefully I will find time to edit it and post it soon.

Here are some pictures from my trip to Florida! I will write again next weekend!

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