Meg the builder

I am Meg. I am an unemployed architectural designer. I am currently looking for any job in the architecture or construction fields. My real passion is architecture and one day hope to end up working for a general contractor. I've stared at a lot of construction sites recently(longingly wishing I was working on) and had a few thoughts.......

The reasons why I love construction sites. 1. I like to see how things are built. 2. I love to see how the project progresses 3. I like to wear hard hats. 4. I love how the laborers bring their lunches in mini coolers. 5. I like to look at materials. 6. Big cranes and machinery are cool!

The reasons why I don't like construction sties 1. It's dirty.. and not just a little dirty.... but really, really dirty, especially when it rains 2. Constructions sites are like being at a stereotypical fraternity house. Let's just say they get really manly and their choice of words and subjects of conversations show it. 3. Work boots aren't the most stylish or comfortable shoes 4. They're noisy and will wake you up if you live by one. (or if there is construction one level below your hotel room) 5. Working construction is a 50 hour work week. eck.

image from here.

Le sigh. (a good le sigh)

I am bursting at the seams thinking about a potential job possibility. hurray. a possible perfect job for me! On another note, September is catching up with me. (specifically traveling since August 31st has exhausted me. Long layovers and sleeping on couches and uncomfortable futons.)

Here, I leave you with this picture. Her expression kind of captures my spirit at the moment. Besides.. we both have dark hair. (I googled "joyful pinup" and found her. I like these.

Image from here. (an actually randomly inspiring blog)

Q&A to the Unemployed Me

Since so many people ask me the same questions over and over... I thought I might answer them all at once Are you ok? - I was pretty bummed at first, but after the first month, I started to realize what a blessing unemployment was (besides, the architecture/construction industry is so horrible I have lots of company)

How do you survive? - I live at home and take public transit everywhere. I do freelance photography. I've been editing for Junshien and shooting weddings with these guys. When I don't make money, I collect unemployment

How have been spending your time? - I actually spend 75% of my time working (editing or promoting myself or networking). I'm currently trying to start selling my prints...so we'll see how that goes.

What do you do when you're not doing photography? - I travel and hang out with friends. Since I was laid off, I went to Hawaii, China, Australia, New Zealand, Utah, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. It probably adds up to about 8 weeks of traveling. By the end of the year, I'll be heading to New York, Texas, Thailand and Cambodia.

How do you afford to travel so much? - I live at home and take public transportation everywhere. Surprisingly enough, in my bank account, I actually have more money saved than when I was laid off

Are you going to do photography forever? - Nope. I'm still looking for an architecture or construction job. I wince imagining doing photography as a main source of living for the rest of my life. My professional passion is architecture for sure.

Are you looking for an architecture job just in the Bay Area? - I actually don't like living in California and hope to move out of state.

Do you have a lot of free time? - Nope. I'm busier than when I had a 9 to 5 job.