Hi guys! How are you all doing? I feel like I’ve been catching up on making the posts that I was supposed to have done last year that I haven’t done any sort of blog / life updates since December … was I right? I don’t even know anymore.
Let’s Get You Up to Speed
Last year, as you may have read from my previous blog posts (specifically my 2018 Year Recap!), I graduated from college last May with an Associate’s Degree and became a full fledged Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). I was very optimistic and ambitious upon graduating and was determined to hit the ground running with a full time job once I received my license in the mail.
However, things did not go according to plan at all and I came to experience more unfortunate happenings in the world of Dental Hygiene than I expected! My experiences coupled with other realizations of my profession threw my mental health in a bit of a loop and seriously deteriorated my physical health (goes to show that I have no idea how to cope when the unexpected happens, haha) so I got very sick before New Years, and then entered the New Years with that sickness for a few weeks.
New Job, Who Dis?
After all of this, I thought that perhaps I found a gem when I was hired by a corporate company who promised a full time position with benefits (even pet insurance, how cool!). It didn’t take me long to figure out the reason why the job promised such an attractive pay range and what exactly is involved in this position. Basically, I felt like besides draining me of my physical energy and really hurting my back, I’ve faced an ethical dilemma where I was forced to churn out patient after patient without giving them the sufficient care they need. You may have also seen me tweeting about recently leaving my full time job. Well, after a week into that new job, I realized that the job wasn’t for me despite all the money I could’ve made and I promptly made it known to the higher ups that I will be putting in my two weeks. It’s been a little over a week since I officially quit, and I can say that despite making only a fraction of what I did, my conscience is no longer troubled, and I don’t feel like collapsing after work every day.
I’ve taken quite a bit of time reflecting on my life / career choices and all I can say is that I have deliberately gone against the things I knew I loved doing, only to have it bite me in the end.
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I was always after money, but I think after going through several jobs and having a negative experience with most of them, I realize how much more important being happy and content with your job is.
If you’re considering going into dental hygiene…
There’s always pro’s and con’s to any job. If you are considering the Dental Hygiene field, you should know what some of these are. I failed to consider these before going into the field and I think that’s where my mistake was (well besides obviously doing something I don’t necessarily like).
What I’m Doing Now
After doing a lot of meditating, I realized that although I just graduated last year (and am almost done with paying off my loans), it’s not too late to change careers. With that said, I plan to re-enroll myself in school for this coming Fall school year at a local community college (that isn’t one to two hours away! Phew!) for Graphic Design. Graphic Design was something that I took in high school that I knew I enjoyed and loved. It’s about time I get my life together and stop denying myself the thing I enjoy! Now that I’m only working in one place as a hygienist for a few days a week, I’ve been studying / refreshing myself on short graphic design courses, as well as preparing more blog posts for you all (I’m a tad bit behind on this one, if you’ll excuse me…)! I’ve also had the chance to paint and draw a lot more and add to my portfolio there… which by the way,
I’m planning on trying to make a business out of it!
I would absolutely love to freelance and do commissions, but I would also really enjoy having a stationary business. There’s much for me to research and do and buy before I can make that happen, but I definitely plan to make it a reality this year!
I think I’m done with my life update and all the behind the scene things I have / still am currently working on! If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! This is the end of my blog post. I hope it didn’t bore you too much! Hopefully my next life update post will be when I’ve already made the business a real thing!
Until next time ♡