Welcome back to “Ask Adrian Anything!” This is intended to give our readers an opportunity to communicate directly with one of the No Boundaries participants, Adrian, about his experiences in the workplace, living independently and out in the community. It will be conducted in an interview format with Tricia asking the questions provided by you, our readers!
Q. It’s been a long time since you’ve written. Can you tell me what you have been doing since you last posted?
A. The last time I wrote on my “Ask Adrian Anything” blog was over two years ago. I am still working part-time at The Fine Line. I’ve been employed there for over 3 years! A relative of mine is building a house for his family and is getting tile from The Fine Line! Outside of work, I’ve continued to write and have added 100 poems to my writing blog. I’ve also been helping my 11 year old second cousin learn to appreciate incredible music.
And I celebrated my 30th birthday!
Q. Were you nervous when you started your job at the Fine Line? What advice can you give to someone starting something new like a job, volunteer position or even a new social group?
A. Yes I was nervous, but who wouldn’t be? Being nervous about anything is a great reminder that we are all human. The best advice I can give to someone about being nervous is, think of being nervous as a way of being safe. If you’re a little on edge, you are probably not going to take serious risks right away. It’s almost like a safety net, you’re looking for ways to protect yourself. So whenever you feel nervous, remember to breathe and start small. Sometimes small steps can lead to bigger and better things. Life’s a balancing act between doing things on your own and being part of a team. Yes, it’s nice to do things by yourself, but it’s just as good working with a team.
Q. Can you give examples of how you work as a team at the Fine Line?
A. The job I have involves working alone and together. Labeling and putting together sample cards I do on my own. When there are big projects like deep cleaning, I work with the team. Everyone pitches in. My co-workers go through everything and sort it out. Then I come in and throw it all away. We all work together moving everything from the lower level up to the back. When sample boxes need to be assembled, I start things out by getting the sample cards together. Then my coworkers step in to putting all the materials together in a presentable manner.
Adrian is has worked part-time at The Fine Line for the past three years. In addition to work, Adrian is a regular participant in the No Boundaries, Train for Life/Train for Work program, and an active member in the writing group HeartWords at The Center for Independent Futures. In his free time Adrian writes and publishes poetry on his own blog and stays active with a regular workout routine.