As many of you know I had been looking for a job for quite sometime..almost 2 years! I did have a couple part-time jobs, but not a full-time job that paid the bills...until a month ago. I was hired as Activities Director at a Skilled Nursing Facility. I have been there just over a month now and I have found a place I LOVE to get up and go to everyday. It is my job to be the FUN gal at work. I get to to come up with the Activities to make the residents smile and feel happy, alive and productive. It is a challenge, it is demanding, it is exhausting, but is so fun, gratifying, fulfilling and rewarding. Each day I leave work I am thanked with a smile. I have already bonded with some of my residents and my heart has been touched in ways I didn't know could be touched. It makes things in my life seem less important. I have one Alzeimers resident who is a gem and I adore her and she doesn't remember me from one moment to the next, but she is always so happy to see me and every conversation with her is special. I never knew looking outside a window at the same tree could have so many stories attached to it. I enjoy starting my days out with her sharing time with her as she eats breakfast because she makes me laugh. It keeps me completely present in the moment and I cherish that, because that is all that matters to her, she won't remember it when I walk away, so I have to make the most of it. I feel like this job has been a gift given to me and I am so grateful. Sometimes it is the smallest, most brief moments I have with someone that mean the most and that smile that comes from someone that will make my day or when someone who NEVER comes out of their room finally comes out to see what is happening that let's me know I am on Purpose and finally where I am supposed to be and I am making a difference.