My new obsession

TICKLEBEAR(TICKLEBEAR)-OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE_DISORDERIt is no secret to the people who know me that I have an obsessive personality. I am an ALL or NOTHING person. There is no in between. When I decide I am going to do something, then there is no stopping me.

Well, there is one way to stop me …

EasilyDistrcThis OCD personality is married deep with my ADHD. Basically, I am totally absorbed into a hobby or activity that I can only focus on it for a set amount of time, and anything else just flies past me failing to enter into my radar. However, if something else happens to attract my interest more than the first, it is all over from there. Then, I spend the next few months focused on that new hobby. Yep, that is me in a nutshell. Dangle a shiny object in front of me and I am likely to chase after it instead!

OCD at its finest!

Some obsessions stay with me over time. For example, I am a runner. Plain and simply, I am not human if I do not run on a regular basis. I am so obsessed with running that it started at having to run a 5k daily. Now, it has progressed to not feeling right unless I run a half marathon. That is right, folks, I run 13.1 miles at a time almost every time I run. That is usually 4 or more times per week.

Fine Art Painter Contemplating CanvasI am also very into painting, drawing and creating. In fact, it is not unusual for me to spend an entire weekend locked up in my house painting, drawing, cutting, pasting … I have now filled 2 entire rooms with my crazy art projects, and they are slowly bleeding into the rest of the house. I keep giving my work away for free as gifts and just for the hell of it, but maybe I should see if there is a market for it. Perhaps, I will showcase my art in the near future on this very site, and see if there is any interest out there for my ridiculous art. Otherwise, it is possible that I will be found dead drowning in a sea of color …

The pursuit of happiness obsession …

pursuit-of-happiness-L-RzWODZJust like most human beings I find it difficult to be happy. I am constantly searching for ways to create more excitement and joy in my life. When I start feeling discontent, I immediately look for the reasons why I am feeling this way … what is wrong with me?

Once again, this feeling has overwhelmed me as of lately. I keep wondering … is it my location? Is it my job? Is it the people around me? I decided ALL OF THE ABOVE.

TravelNurse_cropped (1)So, my new obsession in the pursuit of happiness is a major life-changing career change. I am actively seeking work in the exciting world of TRAVEL NURSING. As a new nurse with only 2 years of experience, I am not expecting my first assignment to be grand and beautiful.  The goal is to get my foot in the door, make myself known and create some useful contacts to vouch for my skills as a nurse.

ALABAMA SUCKS! Several states have nursing licenses that carry over into other states, however, Alabama does not happen to be one of those states. As a result, I am picking 2-3 states to get an RN license. I have to do this prior to traveling since most places only accept someone ready to take the position at the drop of a hat. Currently, I am only licensed in Alabama. I looked at several agencies, and a decent number of requests are coming from California and Virginia. This weekend will be spent getting together the necessary paperwork and fees to apply for licenses in each of these states. Trust me … I would rather work in other states, but I need to get my foot in the door first. It would also be stupid of me to apply for licenses in every state and pay all the fees when I may never go on assignment to any of those locations.

SecretsThat is my obsession for now …

I plan to pursue the travel nursing gig, but who knows? It would be easy to convince me to stay by dangling a piece of cheese on a string to attract my attention. I hope that nothing gets in the way of my BIG plans, because if all goes well, I will be traveling to a new location to work by June or July. Shhhhh! Don’t tell my current hospital!

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2 Responses to My new obsession

  1. johnny says:

    The key to happiness is being very awake and aware of what is really happening in every moment rather than being absorbed in thoughts about the past, the future, your life, other people, and the many other thoughts we tend to get lost in, which don’t add to our life or enhance our experience of life but, rather, detract from the potential joy, peace, and contentment inherent in each moment. Happiness is in our control, since where we focus our attention is in our control. When we focus it on what the mind is telling us, we suffer; when we focus it on what is real and true in this moment, we experience happiness, joy, peace, and contentment.

    • Yeah, that sounds all true and well, but tell that to any human and the search continues. We all know it is in our heads but we all keep looking. I actually live in the present and always attempt to modify my life for the better and try different ways to achieve contentment. For the most part, I am happy. I just need to see more of the world and meet more people. I am limited here in closed-minded Alabama. I need more!!!