In July of 2015, after we’d moved, I found it difficult to locate employment.
We didn’t plan for this.
After bartending in Las Vegas for 17 years, we thought it would be easy.
It took me until the end of August to find the job I currently have.
I love bartending weddings and events. You see people as they begin their lives together, learn about their family, and often meet some great people.
The other events are mostly corporate parties. They are fun, but the weddings are my favorites.
Going back to the start of this post, we were perhaps naive.
We thought, “Who wouldn’t want to have a Las Vegas bartender?”
Apparently every bar and restaurant I applied for from Salt Lake to North Ogden.
In the beginning, when no one called or those who were interested changed their minds for unknown reasons, I became depressed.
We lived with my mother-in-law in those early months after our move and I felt like a failure.
We never discovered the reason the interested places changed their minds. I gave up caring about it a few months ago.
In hindsight, I thought, ‘I’d failed my family.”
Today, I believe if I had procured one of those jobs, I wouldn’t be able to write full-time. I’d probably be miserable in any of those jobs. A year ago I sent my resumé out again, but I’ll never do it again.
Sure, my wife and I struggle, but I write full-time, and we can pay our bills. We were able to take our kids to Universal Studios this past June.
It was something, with our limited funds I had to plan a year out, but we all had fun.
I have a novel out to agents currently, will send it to more by the end of the week, and I’m starting revisions on another. I plan on submitting that one either in September or if more rewrites are needed January 2019.
I started writing a new novel at the end of June.
I write every day. Sometimes the words come easy, sometimes I struggle, but I get 1,000 words or more a day.
I’ve written seven novels. If we’d have stayed in Las Vegas that number would be stuck at two. If I’d had found a different job, I would have maybe three or four, but not the eight.
Keep working, keep grinding and remember things happen for a reason.