Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Adventure to Washington, DC Today (surprise revealed)

Everyone knows the economy is tough. I've lost many clients for my web
presence consulting/design firm. I decided to hire on with a temporary
employment agency to get my foot in the door for my next career
adventure. So today was an interview with the agency in Washington, DC.
Well, I don't drive in Washington, DC (it's too scary and parking is a
huge pain in the $*@#!)

So I set off to do public transportation today. Unfortunately where I
leave public transport to get to the subway is long and involved, so I
opted to drive my car to a shopping center NEAR the subway. With
winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour, I set off for the long walk
from the shopping area to the subway station (wearing my black
pinstripe ‘power suit’ and sensible shoes, of course).

I take the subway train the 8 stops to my Washington, DC exit and walk
to my interview (lots of walking, I remember walking everywhere when I
lived in Washington, DC and I was is superb physical condition too).
I’m in very good condition now too or I’d be winded from all this
walking around (ha, ha). The interview went well and I’ll get a follow
up call on Monday (and hopefully my first assignment sometime next

After the interview I trek off for the long walk back to the subway
station. I take a wrong turn and make a circle to head in the correct
direction. Meanwhile, the sun is shining on my face and the wind is
blowing my loose curly hair everywhere, but I LOVE it! (Yeah for
sunshine to fight ‘seasonal affective disorder’ . . . but I digress,

At one point I look up and realize that I’m only blocks away from the
White House! I stop and stand there for a moment with memories flooding
back of my younger days of living and working in DC and the first time
I came upon the view of the White House!

It really IS still amazing after all these years (31 years to be exact) to still feel the thrill of being in the nation’s capitol and stand there gazing upon the house
where the President of the United States of America lives! WOW!

Okay, so…I continue my journey to the subway and spy ahead of me a
cameraman and a reporter.

As I approach to walk behind them, the young man with the microphone stops me and says, “excuse me, I’m from German television and would like to ask you a few questions.” I reply, “Sure, why not.” He proceeds to ask me if I’m familiar with the Smart Car, to which I reply yes I’ve heard of it. He then hands me a picture to study and asks me if I would drive one.

I respond with a long (articulate) commentary on how Americans are as equally concerned with fuel efficiency as they are with crash protection. I state my concern on the size of the car, and would be interested in the crash data and whether it has airbags, side crash protection etc. We have a lengthy interview,
he thanks me, I smile and continue on my way. Wasn’t that neat? THAT’S
the surprise! Now of course, I have no way of knowing if my interview
will actually end up on German television, but it was pretty nifty to
be randomly interviewed like that on a subject that I felt competent to
discuss. Ha, I feel like such a nerd. (tee, hee, hee).

So off I go 8 stops back to Falls Church, Virginia to be reunited with
my car. It was an interesting morning AND I got an invigorating walk in
the sun and warm windy air and a bit of an adventure to Washington, DC.

Now I sit here checking my email after a quick vegetarian lunch. I’ve
changed my clothes

and I’m off to the dance studio to dance (must put a band aid on that heel blister first…ouch!) and take some photographs of some vintage gowns I’m trying to sell.

I still have 40 gowns left from my vintage gown business…which has sense been converted to a wedding re-creation business of hats, veils

and various wedding accessories).

Now, you might ask me why I’m going the route of temporary employment.
Well, I am interested in pursuing my next career endeavor and working
as an employee in a big company (I’ve done consulting and
self-employment for the last 10 years while I worked on my honors
degree at university). I’m very good at what I do, and want to continue
my career track into management. Although I’m excellent with projects,
I’m more interested in people at this point in my life. I have a strong
desire to transition more formally into change management, the human
relations side of it so I either have to go back and get my master’s in
change or organizational management or consider an advanced degree in
industrial organizational psychology. The certificate route appeals to
me as well, but I need more ‘formal’ human resources experience
(employment law etc.)

Where I used to work, I interviewed, trained, and hired our temp
employees, so I know it from the other side of the coin. Sometimes to
get your ‘foot in the door’ of a corporation, you have to get in the
door. Temping offers the possibility of a symbiotic relationship
because you can work for a company on a temporary assignment. While
you’re working there you get a feel for the place and they get to see
how awesome you are in return! I want to get my ‘foot in the door’ of a
company that I can’t get into otherwise, and show them that I’m awesome
as an administrative manager and executive assistant, but I also have a
lot more to offer a company too. I also clearly have tenure and am
interested in a career home and not JUST a job. So I’m excited about my
future and working towards my goal of helping an organization and
helping people too. It’s a feel good to do a job very well and I get
paid to do it too!

FYI, I love to write and I’m trying my hand at blogging. You can find me at

I hope you like my story today and hope you’ll be interested in following me on my journey through my blog.


Maria (smileywoman)

PS I'll come back later today and add some of my pictures.

1. Doesn't everyone do impromptu ballet in street clothing?

2. Doggies

3. Trees (I LOVE trees)

4. Doggies outside