Life Update: I GOT A JOB! (also, reflections on mental illness recovery)

Hey guys! So cool news! I got a new job!

As you may know, I’ve been working as a temporary Content Marketing Specialist ever since I graduated with my B.A. in May, but last week I was offered a permanent position as an Editorial Assistant with a Peer Review Management company. So basically, I’ll be helping scholarly articles go from their baby stage of draft to being approved for production and publication in a variety of journals.

I don’t start my new job until July 11 – the day before my 22nd birthday – so I’m just enjoying my time left in my current location and trying to find a place to live in my new city! Luckily, I’m able to stay in North Carolina, so the move shouldn’t be too stressful (I was almost offered a position in Baltimore, which would’ve been cool but so crazy logistically).

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to break into the publishing field, which is something I’ve always wanted to do! I love literature and learning, so this job is damn near perfect for me. Plus, I’ll get to live in a great city, where some of my Salem sisters are currently living, and enjoy my early twenties in the best way possible!

Life is finally coming together, and I’m so happy because a year and a half ago, I was severely depressed, isolated, anxious as hell and as even suicidal. Since that time, I’ve gotten on a good combo of medication, gone through weeks of therapy and pulled myself back up out of the hole I was sinking into.

So, to anyone who is currently struggling with mental illness and thinks that life will never get better, know this: it can suck, and it’s hard as hell, but it does get better, and there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’m living proof, and I am so glad that I had people around me who cared enough to help me through the dark times. If you don’t have those people around you, reach out and find some. I guarantee someone cares, and I promise that your life has a bright future. You just have to hang on long enough to see it.

Okay, that’s the end of this tangent. Basically, I’ve got a great new opportunity, so expect some fun non-bookish posts as I move into the next phase of my life.

xoxo y’all,
Kerri

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5 thoughts on “Life Update: I GOT A JOB! (also, reflections on mental illness recovery)

  1. J.W. Martin says:

    I have a few people close to me battling varying forms of depression. Every day is always a great one, but they’re fighters and I’m proud of them for making the daily effort. Glad to hear about your successes!

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    • Kerri says:

      That’s so great that you are there in support of your friends and family! Having people around us who understand and are there for us can sometimes make all the difference. And thank you so much, I’m excited to start the next phase of my life!

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