The Brighter Writer





THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

Possibly Maybe? (The Stanley Hotel)



I guess to be a blogger you need to be somewhat egotistical right? I started this blog all about my life and I expect people to be interested in tuning in and checking out what I have to say. At least, I believe this is the misconception. Honestly, I was feeling an overall general funkiness (to be clear, it was not a "She's A Brick House" funky, but like I was in a funk) in my life at the time, and writing about the positive in my life sort of helped bring me out of it. Posting pictures of my daughter, remembering stories and trying recipes put me in a happy place, not to mention it was a great way for out-of-state family to keep up with the never ending daily changes that come with raising a toddler.

So, regardless of my egotistical tendencies, it certainly wasn't the initial reason for starting this blog.

(By the way, this post is basically just a ton of rambling with absolutely no structure or point other than a personal update on how things are going...)

Anyway, a few days ago, I was re-reading some of these posts and recalling why I started this in the first place. It got me thinking about where I was in terms of an overall, happy, well adjusted, 30-something-year-old. Remember when I was talking about the Wheel of Wellness a few months back? About how in order to feel 100% you need to be up to par physically, socially, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and even occupationally? I was lacking in a few of those.

Now, physically, I feel better than I have in a long while. I have my running on track. I've been eating healthy and taking care of myself (for the most part). Socially I'm doing fine. I get to mingle at work with people from all walks of life, I keep in touch with my friends back home in California, and lately I've even had a handful of visitors come to see me here in Fort Collins. (Which, by the way, it is so nice to be able to see a familiar face now and again.) Spiritually, I'm in tune, more so now than ever before, with what I believe. (I'll leave it at that.) Emotionally, I think I'm trucking right along, staying positive and trying not to be overwhelmed with the last few months of relocation jitters. So far, so good.

So currently, I've got 4 out of 6 down.

66(ish)%.

Where I feel I'm lacking is my intellectual and occupational upkeep.

I'd love to go back to school and finish my Bachelor's degree. I have such little left to do, it would make no sense to not get that done and under my belt. The plan right now is to wait out my year for Colorado residency, and check out my choices of local universities for fall of 2013. Ok good, good. One plan down.

Now.

Occupationally speaking, I'm nowhere near where I want to be. I spent my 20's floating through life on a sea of party after party, bartending my way through shopping trip after shopping trip, flying by the seat of my pants at all times, free spirited and unchained. Yes, well... this was all a great time and everything, but it didn't really leave much to show now that I'm in my 30's. I have an Associate's degree, 10+ years bartending experience, and a handful of California bartending certifications that do me virtually no good in Colorado.

So I've spent some time thinking about what I'd really enjoy doing right now. If I could go tend bar (which really is what I ultimately love to do) any place my little heart desired where would I go?



The Stanley Hotel.

Let's think this through here.

For me, I believe this is my ultimate dream job. They offer me amazing benefits, opportunity in career advancement, and one of the most jaw dropping panoramic views in Colorado. Their never ending shortage of high-end weddings will keep the bar and catering department busy year round. Employment at a hotel, especially a hotel chain like The Stanley's parent company Grand Heritage Hotel Group, gets you discounts, which means I could travel and stay at some pretty awesome locations whenever we vacationed.

And most importantly, it's The Stanley Hotel! One of America's most mysteriously haunted destinations visited by tourists from all around the world. The place crawls with famous guests and richy tippers. It's known for its inspirational role in Steven King's book "The Shining," and has been on every ghost-hunting, paranormal-watching television show out there. And for me, that sort of thing is directly up my creepy little alley. Not to mention the historical preservation that has gone into this monstrosity of a hotel fascinates the crap out of me.

I am in love with this building.

And I want to be a part of it.

So...

I've applied.

I've applied and now I sit and wait. From what I hear, it's not the easiest place to get on board, but it can't hurt to try, right? I faxed my resume and pumped myself up as much as I possibly could. Please keep my occupational wellness in your prayers or thoughts or wherever you choose to send your higher requests. I truly believe this could be a great opportunity for my little family. Getting my foot in the door of a place I could potentially hold a career while I finish school is exciting stuff. I'm really hoping this works out the way it is romantically falling into place in my head!

(You've seen this building plenty of times on my blog previously, I'm sure. Staying the night here is on my Colorado bucket list, and every time we visit Estes Park, I have to do a run-through and ogle at the beauty of it. In fact, last week when my BFF Livia visited, we took our little girls over there to run up and down the 4th floor and scream at all the ghosties!)







Wish me luck!