Are you in your Own Way

Are you in your Own Way


Patty L. Fletcher

March 18 2016

  • Are you disabled
  • Do you have the desire to work?
  • Still can’t find a job?
  • Is it possible you are in your own way?
  • Are you willing to consider that possibility?
  • Ready to work harder than ever before?

If so read the following with an open mind and then take a good long hard look at yourself and see if you can make lasting changes to make yourself more employable.  If not skip this and go on to something else.

Let me tell you a bit about me.

First off I am totally blind. Second off, I have Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy, and Anxiety disorder, Bipolar disorder with Dissociative tendencies, and Short term memory loss issues.

I have been beaten and choked to the point of passing out on more than one occasion, and have even been raped. Yet each day I get up and set a goal and most times I accomplish at  least part of that goal before going to bed.

I have in the last four weeks filled out over 40 job applications, and have found that my continued effort has paid off. I am now working with an organization called Project Starfish Global. I am volunteering for the Northeast Tennessee disABILITY Resource Center, and I am getting ready to apply for my second term as an AmeriCorps Vista.

What is AmeriCorps Vista? Go to and learn.

If you become a Vista you can work as much as 32 hours a week, and your income doesn’t count against any assistance you receive. Many of their hires are disabled persons. They have work for everyone from everything from part time summer work for teens, to their Senior Core Program.

 I find it unreasonable for persons with disABILITIES who wish to work in the public work force  to be saying they cannot find employment and cannot be productive.

I’m not saying it is easy, and I’m not saying that there aren’t still a lot of people in the world who believe we cannot, but I will say that there are a lot of disabled people causing the problem because they don’t promote themselves as being ABLED. When all a person hears from you is excuses as to why you can’t, and what you have trouble doing, they aren’t going to want you.

So get up off your tale  and say “I Can!”

Did I always have this attitude? No I didn’t. I used to be one of those who blamed my problems on society. I got up every day and told at least two to four people why I was still out of work, and not succeeding. Then one day I took a good long look at myself. I began to take some classes that began to open my eyes as to my inner self, and I began to realize I could do anything, and I do mean anything I put my mind to.

So I say to all of you again, stop your griping complaining and whining, and start talking about what you can do.

To do this day…

Make three goals, one short term obtainable goal, one longer term goal to work toward, and one final goal to achieve, and take the words “I Can’t” out of your vocabulary all together, and never let them be so again.

*** The following is my new business bio and is the example of what an employer wants to hear from you.

Patricia L Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she worked as a Volunteer  coordinator from 2010 to 2015  for contact concern of northeast TN  inc

She was Responsible  for scheduling volunteers to work phone shifts, she also assisted with training, fundraising, and coordinating events.

Currently she is employed as a nonprofit consultant where she uses the skills she learned while working as a volunteer coordinator.

Patricia is also a self published author of one book, and is the owner and producer of a monthly magazine.

She can be reached at:

And her writing  work can be seen at:







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