Where have I been for the last 6 years?

In my previous post I said I was relocating from the Upper East Side and leaving my current roommate Olga (the 77-99 year old).

I placed a craigslist add “Girl with cat seeking apartment.  I am clean, easy going, and my cat will kill all the mice!”

Someone replied, finally, whose add said “2 NYU recent grads seeking roommate”.

I was so excited someone my age would accept my cat and that I did not have to live with roommates 70+.  I went right away to see the place.  When the door opened it was two dudes.  I had not even stopped to think whether they were males or females, I was just so excited someone responded because renting a room in Manhattan with a cat is nearly impossible. I hung out with them a few times and felt the vibe and became their roommate on the Lower East Side. We hung out a lot as friends and went to dinner almost every night.

To cut the story short, I ended up dating one of them for 2 and a half years and got engaged.  We were close to the wedding when I discovered secret agendas I wanted no part of.  I was the 99% and they were the 1% (let’s swap resumes now).  I had a 1 day garage sale and packed up what I could and took it back to Texas.  I had no time to be sad or sulk because I did not recover my money from leaving NYC since it was tied up with him or in the wedding.  I got a job and a car within two weeks of moving back to Texas and relocated to Dallas.

The last 3 and a half years my only focus was my education and career path.  I started off as Supervisor of the administrative staff, billing, insurance, and reception check in and check out desks. One year later I was promoted to Manager of the entire medical center which is comprised of 22 doctors, 8 specialties and ancillary services. I graduated with my MBA in Healthcare Management, studied for 1 year to become a Certified Medical Practice Executive, and completed a 6 month Safety and Effectiveness Program by submitting a project to improve diabetes in the community.  I now also am involved in managing another medical center which is a large non-profit we fund.

I was a robot or some type of mechanical being these last few years so I decided to take a break to regain my humanity. I was losing the wide eyed awe for the world around me. I did not feel the sun, did not hear the birds, had dinner 6 times and breakfast 0.

So I told my job I wanted to take a trip, take some time for me and they agreed.  A trip that was long enough to be a journey verse a vacation.  Something to bring back meaning for me and to shake my bones with excitement.

Follow my journey:

  • January to May 2016
  • 121 days
  • 9 countries
  • 50+ cities

Can I make it?  Stick around and find out!


So here’s the story:
I got a job in NYC!! I work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in the Breast Center. I am so proud to have this job and when people see me on the street or on a bus random strangers tell me “Wow you work there! That is such an achievement!!” It is a world renown hospital and the top Cancer Center in the world!
So about the job:
There was a 2 month training course so we could learn about patient care but mainly about the 2 computer softwares we use.
This job is hard and intense!!!! I basically schedule surgeries, radiology appointments (bone scans, PET Scans, CT Scans, Mammos etc..) I schedule Chemo and have to know the generic names of many drugs, the prep time, and how frequent to schedule them. I have to know a million names and numbers and I work with about 40 Doctors on 3 floors (Med Oncology and Surgery). Reconciling and overbooking pending work is the worst. But all my Co-workers are also my age and fresh out of college so that rocks!
my name tag and group table
Toasting at the end of Orientation before the intense 2 month training started
Some work friends!