Opportunity Knocks?

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Yesterday I was volunteering at my local mental health nonprofit, which shall remain unnamed for now (okay, it was NAMI Orange County). I learned that one of their staff members recently gave their resignation. When they do list the position to be filled, I very well may apply for it.

No doubt many others will apply as well. Many with recent nonprofit administrative experience. Others who are very involved with NAMI OC as volunteers. The competition will be fierce.

Yet, it intrigues me. My local NAMI knows me. They know that I have bipolar disorder. They know some of my skills. I like the office staff. We get along. Who knows? Maybe it will be a good fit for me.

Back in February 2014, I had considered returning to the workplace through the Social Security Ticket to Work program and was helped by YourEmploymentNetwork.com. Today I reestablished contact online, but I’m only interested in this one job. I do not know how that focus will work in terms of using Ticket to Work. I shall find out in due time.

If I do not get the job, then so be it. I just don’t want to throw myself into the job market whole hog. I want to wait for and apply only for those jobs that align with my passion for mental health advocacy.

Maybe reentering the workforce will even be good for my son. It is about time that he was more independent of me. The kid is 15, after all. He should be able to ride a bike to and from school, even if we live up a ridiculously steep hill where the alternative is to ride in the bike lane along a six – yes, SIX – lane thoroughfare with a 50 mph speed limit. We are even willing to purchase duplicate textbooks for him, though I should have had that included as part of his 504 accommodations.

44 thoughts on “Opportunity Knocks?

  1. SPIRITUAL IVY July 26, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Good luck on your interview. It’s a great feeling, like butterflies, when passion is stirred up in our life.

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    • Kitt O'Malley July 26, 2015 / 2:08 pm

      They haven’t even listed the job yet, so I have no idea if they’ll even call me in for an interview.


  2. mihrank July 25, 2015 / 11:50 am

    this is such powerful – you are sharing to a very important need in our community – May God Bless you!

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  3. Sandy Sue July 25, 2015 / 11:48 am

    I like your attitude–if it works out, fine. If not, fine. It’s so hard to know how BP will respond to stress. I hope you get what you want.

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    • Kitt O'Malley July 25, 2015 / 12:14 pm

      Exactly. Not sure what I want. More important is what is best for me and my family.

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  4. vanbytheriver July 25, 2015 / 3:23 am

    Best wishes moving forward, Kitt, no matter how things work out. I have always believed that there are no coincidences in life, and there is a reason this job came into your path. I went back to work when my children were in high school, and I think it helped us all. ☺ Van

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  5. e July 24, 2015 / 11:30 pm

    How exciting Kitt! I hear strength in your voice!

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  6. The Itty Bitty Boomer July 24, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    Yes, go for it! My son was recently asked to join the board of directors for the non-profit that operates the mental health resource center he engages with- and just that involvement within the Mental Health arena was encouraging to him. He is hoping in a few months to apply for a patient advocacy position (paid) that assists with mental health patient’s rights in the corrections field. GO FOR IT, KITT!

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    • Kitt O'Malley July 24, 2015 / 4:27 pm

      I am thrilled with your son’s success. Thank you for your support. As a mother with bipolar I’m in a somewhat different position than I was when I was young and single. We’ll see. I kind of believe that what is meant to be is meant to be. I take things one step at a time and try to feel it out.

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  7. lilypup July 24, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    I have two sons, 21 and 24. I think they needed MORE supervision as they got older. The more involved I was in their day to day lives the better for all of us. This doesn’t mean I think you shouldn’t work…that’s up to you, of course…..but quit worrying you are enabling your boy. I’m certain you are a great mother.

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    • Kitt O'Malley July 24, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you, Lilypup. I guess I think he should be more independent by now, but part of that is our culture and the expectations we have of teenagers. He does like having me around and that is something to seriously consider. I like writing and doing social media, too. I’ll have to seriously think about it.


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