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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Yesterday I had a good cry about my husband's job loss but the events of the day have turned things around. So far, few people know about his termination at the Chamber of Commerce. This is a small town and we have a LOT of friends. As soon as they hear, they call and most are really angry at the way he was treated. So it's all good. He is happy he's not there anymore and he already has things to do, two part time job offers and we are fine financially so it is all good. We even drove out to an appmt for me together yesterday where I had to measure some windows. So we are moving along. When God closes a door, he opens a window! You just have to be there to appreciate it! And accept the gift!
There is one good thing, we won't be going out to eat all of the time anymore so we will be cooking healthier meals at home. He is having lunch with 2 friends today who are absolutely angry with what has occurred! The way it was handled.
Right now, my husband is whistling in the kitchen so I guess he is all right.
Anyway, What a difference a day makes! Later.

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EDITOR 4/6/2011 9:07AM

    I am glad to hear you both are not discouraged or depressed!

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KASEYCOFF 4/5/2011 5:44PM

    I totally agree with you about God opening windows, lol... Could be a lot of serendipity in the timing of your husband's job loss. Sometimes we don't do what we would like to do until we're 'forced' to do it. Maybe your husband would have chosen to semi-retire, but felt he ought to stay at the Chamber. Now that they've effectively ended the job, he can begin to relax and enjoy life more. The way it was handled stinks, but the fact that it's a done deal could well be a blessing in disguise, for the both of you. Thinks me!

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First Day

Monday, April 04, 2011

Well, today is the first day hubby is home without his job and it will be interesting to see how it goes. First job for me and us is to finally get my office organized. Can't share with him with all my stuff everywhere. I'll keep you posted. All of his friends and colleagues are really shocked at his being let go. So that is good for his ego. WE started my business with him working with me and I guess we will end it that way. I will need to step it up, I realize that. This is a small town and very tight so we are starting to hear things about this and that in regards to his employment. Very interesting.
As for me, I updated my weight and I guess we won't be going out to eat much anymore as we don't have the extra income so maybe that will help with the weight loss. Later.

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HISTORYKEYS 4/5/2011 11:09AM

  I really admire you both. Your blog is so positive and uplifting as you deal with this awkward transition! Blessings to you, and your hubby, and may you receive as many blessings as you have so abundantly shared.

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ACROSONIC 4/4/2011 10:14PM

    Good luck with all those changes! Not sure I'm ready to have my hubby around all the time! Hopefully that's still about 10 years away. But then, he and I have a lot of solitary pursuits and he doesn't mind if I do or go wherever I want, in other words, we give each other space.

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ALMMOM 4/4/2011 4:28PM

    Seems that adapting is the best and most productive thing to do!! I'm sorry for the job loss - but excited to see the new adventure that is planned. Things happen for a reason - most of the time we don't know until later!!!!

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KASEYCOFF 4/4/2011 9:03AM

    I know a lot of wives says they don't like having their husbands 'under foot' after retirement and so on. For what it's worth, I love having Himself home and around - he's good company, or I wouldn't have married him, lol... So sounds as tho you both will have a blessing in disguise from this, since you will have more time together. Meanwhile, a benefit for your DH for being able to relax a little, and for you with not having to eat out as much--!

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After the shock, what to do next!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

What to do when you are fired as my husband was on Friday?

Well, first of all you are shocked and you want to talk to your friends and get some encouragement.
Then you try to figure out what happened and why and come up with something that isn't right.
Then you talk to more people and the ones who work there and find out that you were "fired by facebook". Not knowing enough about social networking put you in the ditch and you have been replaced by a younger person skilled in this area.
You get depressed and down on yourself.
Then you talk to another friend and find out more details.
Then you start to realize that maybe it was the right decision and people already knew that you weren't going to stay in this job forever. My husband had been there 10 years and just turned 64 so it was just a matter of time anyway.
Then you add up the money we already take in along with my business and realize we are fine in that area.
You already have a couple of job prospects from 2 friends and a third one is on the horizon doing the same thing with another membership group, all part time.
You go for a walk with the dog who will be really excited that you'll be home more to take her for a walk.
When you come back, you have started setting some goals on how to move on. And things will work out.
Got to go to the Home show today and need to get ready. Yesterday I talked with many people about my business and I anticipate today being better. Later.

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TNANCE3 4/3/2011 4:00PM

    I am so proud you two are coming out of this with such a great attitude! My husband and I are teachers and did not get hired for this school year. It makes you look at things differently that is for sure. I pray that all things go well for you both.

Just a question. What is your business? Just curious! I am always interested in peoples pursuits and interests. Good luck and God Bless you both.

Teresa emoticon

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REDSHOES2011 4/3/2011 11:11AM

    In my branch as a resthome helper we only last until 62 as we can't handle the pace- so it is called early retirement..
My two co-workers whom just retired have efter been helpers for 30 and 40 years- isn't it about time to gear down and have time to ones self?
I have had other co-workers whom keep working and not enjoy anytime without illness.. The art is to get out while the going is good and do stuff we have dreamed of when the time is there..

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KASEYCOFF 4/3/2011 11:06AM

    Sounds really good - sometimes I think it takes this kind of 'forced change' to get us to consider new possibilities and new horizons. Glad to hear he's seeing the glass as half-full!

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PMFISH 4/3/2011 11:03AM

    emoticon Great attitude and right one! Things happen that at first seem like a negative, but turn out to be very positive. Sounds like this will end up being positive for your family.

Good energy coming at you, along with God's blessings.


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What a shock!

Friday, April 01, 2011

My husband got sacked today! He was the membership director of the Chamber of Commerce and has worked there 10 years! Today they just told him that they were eliminating his position and today was his last day! OH, well, this too shall pass!

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HISTORYKEYS 4/5/2011 11:04AM

  Ouch! Such a shabby way to manage their change. Prayers for you two, and healing for the process.

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CO-CREATOR 4/2/2011 4:58PM

    I am so sorry.

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SEAWAVE 4/2/2011 12:43PM

    I'm speechless! I would have thought that a Chamber of Commerce would be in a good enough position to give notice, and act in a more human way. Hopefully better things are coming up!

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PERFECT01 4/1/2011 8:02PM

    That is just awful in more ways than I can say. I just don't understand the lack of human kindness and consideration right now in this country. A chamber of commerce has no reason to do a reduction in workforce in this manner. I sure hop it all get better soon and that you guys are okay.

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JENNY888 4/1/2011 5:18PM

    I can feel your pain on this one. My husband lost his job last September and has been out of work ever since. It is such a hard time out there. We have been able to survive in the meanwhile though and there are even some positives. I hope your husband will be able to secure a new position soon.

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KASEYCOFF 4/1/2011 5:17PM

    Goes to show things must be getting tough everywhere, if they didn't even give him any notice - hope everything works out for you two...

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today is end of the month and bill paying day etc. for my business. Blah! Rather be quilting! But it is a necessity.
I'm having a problem and need to fill the hours. Nearly every day in my 27 years of business, I have been flat out busy with the phone ringing off the wall or going out to a networking event. I still network and this weekend I am participating in the Home Show at the Convention Center. The level of my business is fine, sales still about the same. But, after so many years of being driven by events, now I am kind of bored in between. I'm at a crosssroads. Not really ready to retire but not wanting to pursue every lead or drum up leads. I'm kind of happy with the business I have but I realize that I can't rest on my laurels as it will dry up.

I think I need to make a list and set some goals. I was talking to a client yesterday who is retired but she and her husband are so busy they can hardly have a day at home. She is an avid quilter and belongs to the quilting group that held the retreat.

What I'd like to do is still have some clients and keep my sales at a certain level but also establish me time for things I want to do, like quilting. Today I could have played bunco with the Republican women but I've never played bunco before and I'm just not used to taking a day off like that. It wouldn't have hurt me as I could have done my book work yesterday. I do have an installation today at 3:30 at my church which will take several hours I think. Installer has 6 blinds to install 20 feet up. Don't envy him at all.

I guess I need to sit down and set some goals, make a list, get a big calendar and fill it up. I keep my schedule on the computer but I don't "see" it. I do have my pretty Decorating calendar so I think I will fill up April so I can look at it.

Just got off the phone with my regional director. Now I have a little motivation to get moving. I forget to reach out to others. So I want to keep my business going, work less, and play more. Now just to figure out how to do it. Later.

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EDITOR 4/1/2011 3:27PM

    I am always amazed at how busy you do keep. Best wishes to you!

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KASEYCOFF 3/31/2011 10:04AM

    I like your idea about setting up some goals. We once had a bunco game, but I don't think we ever played it - at least, not enough that I would remember how, lol... As for being retired and having no time - oh, sister, do I hear that! I thought I'd retire and have nothing to do, maybe even get bored from the lack of activity. Hah. More to do now than when I was working and the kids were still home--!

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MISSFORTE 3/31/2011 9:32AM

    Yes! we need big calendars with to do list and goals! I said I was going to do that last month and didn't I am going to do that this weekend for the month of April!

I didn't achieve weight changes this month sadly ,but I did show a loss in inches So I am happy to see success there.

I understand about work and rest. I work full time and when take some time off for myself after I am all caught up I am bored and ready to go back to work.

I really would like to cut back on hours can't afford it but when I can I want to volunteer within my community.

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