In 1994 I graduated VCU with a degree in Occupational therapy and, Sioux Falls, SD was ranked in the top 10 places to live. I craved a fresh start to my adulthood and the beginning of a career in a new place. I thought Sioux Falls would be a great place to meet all of those desired goals. Life happened and I ended up in Danville, VA. Here I am 24 years later rearranging my life.
I am entering a new chapter and decided to utilize short-term (13 weeks) traveling OT positions to assist in finding my next landing spot. It just so happened that a position in Sioux Falls became available for the summer. I interviewed, was offered the position and accepted on Monday. Everything just fell into perfect place after an extended time of uncertainty.
Leaving Danville is the right thing for my soul growth. Not having a clear plan with a temporary landing spot is frighteningly outside of my comfort zone. Trusting recruiters in the travel industry to guide me to a great working partnership in my desired areas is challenging for a planner like me. I left everything I know to jump fully into 90% of what I don’t. I know how to be an OT, a good citizen, and drive. Yet I don’t know anything about where or how to set up temporary positions all over the country while trying to discover my next landing spot to call home. Fortunately, a connection was made within hours of contacting the recruiter meant for me at this moment. She absolutely knocked it out of the park in getting everything in place.
Once the assignment was made, I was able to see that this experience turned out better than I ever could imagine. My vacation time between jobs was extended by a week. Who doesn’t want that? The assignment fell in perfect alignment for my plans in August to return to my family. I am able to stay out West with my dear friend longer. Due to the location of this assignment, I am able to visit the Badlands on my way to SD. The very best part of the travel to the assignment is that I am going to spend two days with my favorite boyfriend of all times; Jack the Jackass! Remember him? The donkey that loves me in Scenic, SD at the Circle View Ranch.
Living in Sioux Falls full time can be awful. Yet I am spending the 3 very best months of the year in that magical city. Stay tuned for wonderful adventures. In the meantime, I plan to fully absorb all of the love and light Moab, UT has to offer.