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Possible job opportunity?

I think I love my part-time job more than my full-time job. With my part-time job, along with coordinating my staff, and making sure all the promotions run smoothly and on time, I’m also on the microphone. Have you ever been to an event, and there’s someone on a microphone in the crowd talking to someone, doing a contest, asking a trivia question, etc? Well, that’s me. The reason why I mentioned this is because this Saturday, for our last shift of the year, we sold out the event! For the first time in our organization’s history (we’re only 3 years old)! This is huge. But it also gives me butterflies in my stomach just to think how many people are going to be watching me out there, and making fun of me if I screw up or fall! LOL fingers crossed that doesn’t happen!

Anyway, my career goal has always been to work in this field for this kind of an organization. So basically I want to do exactly what my boss is doing, except at a bigger level. Well a few weeks ago, my boss hinted that she wants to leave before the year starts again in September. It dawned on me that I’d be the most likely candidate to take over her position. I wouldn’t need to be trained, and I’m already comfortable with everyone that works there.

If she left, and I was the successful candidate for the position, even though it would look good on my resume, I don’t know if I would take the job. It would be beneficial to get a few years of experience under my belt in a managing position … but for all the 12 hr days and the stress involved, it sure doesn’t pay a lot. Taking her position would mean a 27% pay cut from my current salary at my full time job, and that’s huge! Plus, I wouldn’t have a part-time job anymore. I know I have to start somewhere and pay my dues, but it seems like such a step backward in my career. And then could I afford a mortgage?

Anyway, I’ve even thought that if I were offered the job, I would ask for a salary match to what I currently make. Or at least as close as I could negotiate to it. I’d say it’d be worth it to them b/c I would save them money in the end since I don’t have to be trained at all. Plus, I could design the programs and do some of their marketing that they currently contract out. Keeping production in-house can save a company a ton of money! I’d write this all out as a business proposal of course, so it’d be official and put together.

But that’s getting ahead of myself at the moment. I’ll keep you posted!

Open houses

Yesterday I left the office a few minutes early to check out two open houses I saw signs for on my ride out to work. I know it’s premature to even think about buying anything, but it’s nice to get a feel for what an open house is like, and how much my money will buy me.

The first house was a cute townhouse for $310,000. It was built in 2005, has 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath, a garage, and a really nice kitchen. Granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. It was the townhouse closest to the street though, but it had a cute enclosed backyard to make up for it. I really liked it, but clearly it’s out of my price range for the time being.

The second house was just across the street, and it was a condo for $217,000. This is in my price range. It was built in 2004 (or 2005, I forget), has 1 bedroom, 1 bath, and an “office nook” which is attached to the main living area. A nice kitchen, too. The place was okay, but not spectacular. In my opinion, it’s overpriced for only 700 sq. ft., but it’s in a nice area. The strata fees were almost $250/month.

It’s kinda depressing that $220,000 will only buy a tiny condo in this city. If I bought with my BF, we would definitely have more money to work with (combined, we make over $110k annually), but I really want to buy by myself, and build up my own equity. Plus, if we ever broke up, neither of us could afford to pay for the mortgage of a more expensive property. I guess big decisions and changes lay ahead of me in the next year or so!

I’m really wanting to buy in a year, but I’m also thinking about renting in order to save up more money. If I rent for a year or so, I would be able to save up at least $1,000 a month if I find a job that pays me what I’m making now. It would be great to be able to put down the entire 25% down payment required in order not to pay that stupid mortgage insurance, but I doubt I could save up that much, that fast. But I guess it depends on what the market is like, my job situation, and other variables.

I forgot …

I went to A&B Sound on Friday and spent $15 to buy Jeremy Fisher’s newest CD, “Goodbye Blue Monday.” It wasn’t an impulse buy – I knew I was going to buy it as soon as the release date was announced.

*SWOON* Sorry I have to have a complete “girl moment” right now. I have such a thing for cute acoustic guitarists. :) ESPECIALLY cute Canadian acoustic guitarists who care about the world and are trying to do what they can to make a difference. (I mentioned it before that he helped me with my HIV/AIDS Sexual Awareness campaign!)

I could have just waited a few weeks and try to scoop his CD off the internet for free, but that’s just mean. He doesn’t sell hundreds of thousands of CDs like those famous artists do, and I want to support what he does. For him, every CD sale counts. I figure if I like someone’s music enough to want it on my iPod, I should be willing to pay for it. That being said, I haven’t purchased a CD in a long, long time. I can’t even remember the last one I bought. And CDs seem like such a waste of money b/c I’ll just rip it to my iTunes, and the CD itself goes and sits on a shelf, never to be seen again. I guess I could just buy the songs off iTunes, but I like the liner notes. :)

When I bought Jeremy Fisher’s last CD, it came to me in a bubble package that was personally signed by him. “Thanks Krystal! (Heart) Jeremy Fisher.” Could you see Britney Spears or anyone else super famous personally addressing and autographing every CD they sell? That little touch goes above and beyond what he had to do, and by doing that, he is able to establish a personal relationship with his fans. It gave me the impression that I had sent my money directly to him, and he popped down to the post office the next morning and mailed it off himself. Chances are that’s not what happened, but it gives the illusion that it could have happened. And that’s just good marketing. Plus, I still have the signed bubble package!

Grassroots artists. I love it!

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