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Progress on my book, editing for Our Voices, and more Volunteering

I think I’ve almost if not completely finished the illustrations for my children’s book entitled The Bears of the Wood. I will not, of course, know for certain until I get a chance to upload everything, whether or not I will need a few more pictures or not. I’m not precise enough to know exactly how many I will need. This is my first time doing this, and I will say, I don’t really have a precise process. It’s just me doing it in a way that makes sense to me. I have no idea of the standard or the traditional way things are done. I’m just mostly doing this for David, my husband’s family (whether or not they ever really care) and my own feelings. If I sell books (which of course would be nice), that would be lovely.

I also went over to the peer center Our Voices today. I’ve been volunteering at Omni Center in Salinas since September. The administrator at Omni made me aware of an opportunity to edit for the newsletter at Our Voices as well. I went over and discussed this with the appropriate person at Our Voices. I got the formatting done for the first page. I feel like my next step is to get the word out at Omni, Shelter Cove/Sandy Shores, Our Voices and behavioral health (places that mental health consumers frequent) and let them know that we need people to write articles. As soon as I get a few articles, I can start adding them to the newsletter. I’m also going to have a section on the holidays from February until the next newsletter comes out. Another thing is to get out a community events calendar and create my own little calendar of events most likely at the back of the newsletter. It will all come together in time.

Meanwhile, I’ve been volunteering whenever I can at Omni. I will go in tomorrow. I could also figure out if I should go on Friday. I probably should go. The more time volunteering the better in my book. Even if they don’t need someone volunteering at the particular time, it’s always a help. Also, this Friday is the last Friday of the month, and they have the clothes closet open. Last month, when that happened, it was pretty busy. They will probably need help, so I should probably go.


The Amazing Land of David, Omni Volunteering, Breakthrough H’art and Greenpeace Job

There are a number of things I’m looking into. The first one was that I as usual saw David at the Quadrangle in South Salinas. Great visit.

Next, I went to Omni Center across the street from the Quad and managed to run into Hal, whom I talked to about volunteering regularly with Omni Center. We made an appointment for next Thursday at 11:00 to talk about what kinds of things I would be able to do, schedule, etc.

Another thing is that while online at Omni, I started looking up jobs and in particular “green jobs” is what I typed in, actually “green jobs in Monterey County” or something similar. I found a number of things, but the one that seemed the best was a job posted on Craigslist for Greenpeace International paying $12 to $13 per hour with medical, visual and dental insurance and the possibility for advancement. I would tell them that I was interested in possibly increasing my knowledge of Spanish if that could help me get hired. I’m not as well-versed as I used to be, and they said they would prefer bilingual applicants, although they did not say it was a requirement. There is also the possiblity of bonuses and such, so in all it seems like a great opportunity. I left a message.

I would only be concerned that I am doing my usual reaction to a stressful situation (the upcoming adoption and subsequent moving of my dear son, David) by piling on a lot of activities when I may not have the time or resources to accomplish them all without making myself literally crazy. I’m hesitant to tell my social worker that I’ve made these inquiries because she may get alarmed and try to talk me out of it and inside I don’t want that. Still, the rational part of my mind says I should get some feedback. Yet, I know what she will say. She will give the usual spheel that I get from all social workers, psychologists, doctors or anyone who works with me, and that is to not pile myself with too much and overwhelm myself. Maybe it is true. But what if it’s not?

My two favorite causes, as I wrote on Facebook, are mental health and environmentalism. If I could be involved in both, I feel like I would be doing a lot of things which I feel are important to me a worthwhile. If I worked part time for Greenpeace and volunteered with Omni, it might not be too much.

However, if the Greenpeace job is out of the area, I might have to think hard about it. I’m not in a position to relocate currently. Maybe I should just find out more about it if and when a representative from Greenpeace calls me back.

I’m very passionate about the environment and mental health. I want to find a way to merge the two causes somehow. Maybe someday I really can pursue an interest in ecopsychology. I don’t know much about it, but it’s something I had heard of while in an introductory lecture in psychology at UC Santa Cruz. I’ve been interested for a long time in a school in Colorado — Naropa University. Now that David will be adopted, maybe I should see if I can get more seriously involved in the field.

Right now I need to do as a certain black Zen t-shirt says (my t-shirt with a tree on it), which says “Do not dwell in the past. Do not dream of the future. Focus the mind on the present moment.” It’s something I need to remind myself always because my mind seems to drift easily and get distracted. Someday I’ll learn.