I’ve been back in the States since October and have had a couple of jobs here and there, but they weren’t very good and didn’t last long. Well it’s been just a bit over four months and I finally have a job that I feel will be a good fit for me. I’ll be working for a company called Lifetouch. They are the largest photography company in the United States. I’ll be working in their church directory photography department. This means that I’ll be driving to churches in my area and will be shooting family portraits for the church members. I’ll be starting my training this coming Wednesday and will start the job the following Wednesday. I’ll be doing 2nd shift, which is basically 2-9pm. I’ll only be working Wednesday-Saturday because I have a Tuesday night Bible study that I want to attend. My new boss said it’s fine for me not to work Tuesday, though I will work a Tuesday here and there.
Another thing I’ve been working on since last June is trading on the Forex market. I’ve been trading a demo account since then and have learned a lot. I’ve been following the blog of Nial Fuller and I feel like I’m finally ready to start trading a real account. So I’ll be doing just that after my job actually starts giving me an income. I don’t feel comfortable risking my hard earned money on the Forex market until I know I actually have a steady income. As I start trading however I’ll be posting about that and we’ll see how I do. My goal is to be making a full time income from the Forex market within 2 years. It’s a lofty goal but I’m dedicated to making it happen.
Well I have now come to the end of my career on cruise ships. I thought it’d be nice to provide a little list of all the places I’ve been in the last 3 years. Most of the names are of cities, do you recognize which country they go to? It’s 143 ports in 60 countries.
Bay of Islands
Cabo San Lucas
Half Moon Cay
Kuto Ile des Pins
Oban Halfmoon Bay
Palma de Mallorca
Santa Margherita Ligure
Suva Viti Levu
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva
Vik I Sogn
The wonderful wizard of Alaska!! Yeah I can’t wait to be back in Alaska. Sounds strange to say that because it’s gonna be 5 long months of hard work but it’s gonna be a nice change – at least for the beginning. By the end of the 5 months I’m gonna be so ready for a break but for now I can confidently say I’m ready for some cold weather and some fast paced cruising.
The King crab and clam chowder are not among the least of the things I’m looking forward to. But also Niamh and Casey will come cruise with me. My parents and Aunt Tamah and possibly my grandma as well will be cruising. It’s gonna be a lot fun.
Today I’m in Puerto Vallarta, the last time I’ll be in Mexico. It’s nice and hot today. It feels so strange that it could be so hot here and yet where I’ll be in a week will be completely different. Actually after having worked on cruise ships for so long it feels like no where in the world is far from anywhere else. I have been on the same ship in Alaska, the Caribbean and Europe. And it doesn’t really take long to get from one place to the other. The whole world is so accessible it’s crazy.
Alright, time to get back to work and finish off this last cruise before the real work begins!