The best laid plans... / by Jason Leach

I have had a strong fondness for this dead tree on the way to Portsmouth since I moved to NH, go figure as I am leaving I finally take the time to photograph it.

Generally I think there are too many dead tree pictures in the world...kind of like there are too many selfies...just saying

Six months ago I made a decision that I was ready to move on with my career. By the books I had spent 10 years living in as either a Resident Assistant or Residence Hall Director. Living where I worked had lost much of its luster.

So I did what any responsible adult would do...

I submitted my resignation and launched into a national job search, hopes high!

While I realize that launching off the deep end without a swim plan might not be for everyone, for me it was a now or never issue. Having spent my entire life in the Northeast (and believe me I love it), I felt strongly that if I did not get away for a bit now I never would and worse would regret it, so in went the resignation and out went the resumes....

and silence.....

Ironically, I was having very much the same experience as the undergraduate students I worked with over the years. Job searching in today's market and economy reminds me of piranhas feeding, a job drips into the water and then SWARM! Not that I had direct knowledge of that fact other than the silence.

Alas, being someone who refuses to stop trying, I simply adjusted my plan...

So today 6/11 marks the start of a cross country road-trip with the goal of continuing to apply and interview for jobs (I have had some successes recently, including one I am very excited about) and check out as many of the national parks as I can along the way!

I plan to post a photo a day from my travels and perhaps some thoughts from the road/job search front, The posts will likely have a 1 day lag time (so the image above was taken last night actually) to give time to edit and write. 

Stay tuned and check back tomorrow for the next (today's) image!