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What Color is Your Parachute?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

That's the name of the book I'm reading right now to brush up my all important job searching skills. Great book.

www.jobhuntersbible.com/articles/wci
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Working on the job search, but no nibbles yet. Hard work! Wish it were magic!
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I feel like I'm getting sick - how wonderful is that!
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Don't forget to spring forward.
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And pray for Japan.
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/17/2011 10:01AM

    Great book - it's been around a long time but updated frequently and always fabulous! Good luck with the job hunt!!

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MOV4WARD 3/13/2011 5:08PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon(sighs) i also wish there were a magic wand! but the truth is that we do the reading/prep work so we will be available & able & ready when opportunity does knock on our door. Keep the faith (hugs :)

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/12/2011 8:40PM

    Dave Ramsey recommends that book, I have read it.

I will post a thread, "Natural Help for the Flu", on the Christian Women's team. It has lots of clickable links, which I can't do here. Take extra Vit D3, and eat some kale or collards.

Stress impairs your immune system; remember to deep breathe, drink water.

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NELLIEC 3/12/2011 8:12PM

    I have been praying for your job situation.

Yep, that time change is upon us!

I am also praying for Japan!

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ELAOPET 3/12/2011 7:16PM

    Oh, we're changing time again? I forgot! Maybe US is switching before us?
Horror in Japan, OMG!
Honey, deep breaths! The job will come, it will!!!
ps- I sure my parachute is green, it would be tragic if it weren't my fav color! ;)

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Just When I've Been Missing My Mother's Prayers

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I have been so missing and longing for my mother's prayers with everything going on in my life right now. And guess what my sister found in my mother's Bible today. And look what she underlined. The markings are all hers.

Wow! Did I say WOW?

I hope you can read it. It was the best I could do with the scanned image my sister sent me.

  
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FILLANGES 3/12/2011 10:27PM

    Thank you for sharing this. i was filled with a beautiful, loving peace and actually got "goose bumps" as I read this. Thank you! Your mother will ALWAYS be with you! God Bless you.
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ELAOPET 3/12/2011 7:44AM

    Told you! She keeps looking after you always!!!!!!!! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/10/2011 11:57PM

    How precious!!

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MOV4WARD 3/10/2011 8:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonAmen.

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KAT7457 3/10/2011 1:11PM

    nice to find thing of your mom's this is very nice. thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LESLIES537 3/10/2011 12:20PM

    WOW!!!! I've got chills up and down my spine! What an awesome find! I bet that made your day! (or perhaps your whole year!!) There is no doubt in my mind that your mother helped your sister to find that prayer! NO DOUBT! I'm so happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 3/10/2011 8:48AM

    Wow - that is a fantastic find! I'm sure you will cherish it.

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-POOKIE- 3/10/2011 6:22AM

    *tight hugs* What a beautiful thing to find x

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/10/2011 4:45AM

    What a precious, precious blessing from the Lord to you, at just the perfect time! Oh how He loves us!

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GRAMMACATHY 3/10/2011 1:00AM

    Beautiful gift from your mother. I too felt my mother's prayers and presence this month more than all the years before. We were blessed to have such wonderful Mother's with strong faith.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 3/9/2011 8:43PM

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

God Bless

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WINFIELD28 3/9/2011 8:18PM

    This is so beautiful and must be so comforting for you.
Your mother IS praying for you! How wonderful. God Bless You!

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NELLIEC 3/9/2011 8:14PM

    Praise the Lord! What a beautiful find!

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SUNSET09 3/9/2011 8:13PM

  I lost my Mom the day before Valentine's Day, which is my Dad's birthday as he's gone on before her more than 30 years ago! Thank you for this as we want to keep her memory alive as well! emoticon

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Wrung Out, Washed Up and Empty

Friday, March 04, 2011

That would describe how I feel today. I've had a very busy and emotional week. I've been taking the work of three and funneling it down to two at work as my right hand assistant's last day was Thursday a week ago, and none of our accounts in my department have yet transitioned to the new teams. I spent one afternoon with job services and work force exchange brushing up my job searching skills, my resume, cover letters, etc. I had one day out of town training. I learned today that one of my other team member's last day would be Tuesday. Knowing this, we did some major scrambling to expedite transition of some of the work quickly to the new teams relieve my work load, which will by Tuesday suddenly increase exponentially with two team members gone. I've spent every spare minute working on resumes, job hunting, etc. Through it all, it's just felt like my mind is in a whirl and I can't focus or concentrate.

And last but not least, I lost a dear friend and co-worker to cancer this week. It has hit me very hard, probably with the grief from my mother's death still fresh in my heart. Joyce was about my age, has a young daughter who just got married. The son-in-law is also a good friend of mine. The funeral was today. We basically closed shop at work for the funeral.

Emotionally, today was a disaster. My emotions were out of control. It is unusual for me to lose control at work, but today I cried more than I got anything else done. I chalk it up to stress over my current work load + concern over losing my job + every spare minute focusing on job search with no time for renewal + renewed grief over my mom + grief over the loss of a friend - my emotions just went into overload. Now I simply feel like the title of my blog says, wrung out, washed up and empty.

I love all of you dearly but right now, I just can't take the time to get around to each of you individually. Like I said in my last blog, I'm going to need to cut back on my sparking for at least several weeks. But my heart is with you.

Just to keep myself accountable, I care about my health, but I'm not making very healthy choices right now. I am in stress overload and to be honest, I don't feel that I'm coping very well. I only got one walk in this week and I haven't tracked my food at all. I've eaten too much junk and not enough wholesome food; also not getting enough water.

Well, on a good note, I am getting or have gotten letters of recommendation from two, possibly three of my directors at work that I can use in my job search, each highlighting my expertise in a different area. Something interesting happened yesterday when I was at our other facility for training, the VP of Operations stopped me in the hall and said "Your name came up today." An interesting discussion followed. I am not currently at liberty to discuss the contents of that. I don't know where it will lead, if anywhere, but time will tell.

I'm trying to remain positive, and sorry to just write such negative blogs recently. Not much progress to show in the way of weight loss, or even healthy living. Please don't give up on me. And I want to get around to all of you sometime soon. Just need some time to get on my feet and re-focus here - and job hunt!

Be blessed with a great weekend. I plan to defrost a refrigerator, finish a job application, resume and cover letter to submit Monday with a company where I'd really, really, really like to work. And I think I really need a bit of extra sleep time, and a few hours of down time just reading, or journaling, or meditating, or watching a movie.

Keep sparking, my friends!

  
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CYCLINGSANDY 3/20/2011 2:18PM

    A song we did it services today relates to this blog. It is called, The Potter's Hand. I like the way Chondra Pierce does it best. You might like her comedy DVS's and her testimony impacted me too.
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. God know this is your lean on Him time.

Sandy

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KAT7457 3/10/2011 1:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonfor the loss of your friend.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/7/2011 2:06AM

    You are doing a fabulous job with so much going on - so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, especially with everything else you're going thru - I have a feeling something REALLY good is going to come out of this in the long run, though, so don't give up, don't worry about us, keep writing when you get a chance and know that there are a LOT of us who think about you and wish you the best!

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JKN049 3/6/2011 12:27PM

    You have so much on your plate right now. Just continue with doing the best you can in whatever situation is thrown at you. Give yourself permission to acknowledge your feelings and give yourself permission to have some down time. It's ok to take care of yourself. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

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RAINBOWFALLS 3/6/2011 9:30AM

    I think you are right about needing some down time - ot time to just be good to yourself. Take care and know that we are right here waiting for you and more than willing to listen to anything you want to blog about. emoticon emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/5/2011 1:31PM

    Feeling the feelings that your feeling is a neon flashing light on the dashboard. Translated it means: PULL OVER RIGHT NOW!

So glad you are on SparkBreak. I hope you turned off your SparkMail, too.

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ELAOPET 3/5/2011 1:29PM

    I will just say - breathe! This too, shall pass! emoticon

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BEETH52 3/5/2011 10:49AM

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I am here for you!!

Beth

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LESLIES537 3/5/2011 9:43AM

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Please know I'll be lifting you in prayer and here for you if you need anything. Don't worry about us, take the time you need and take care of yourself...first and foremost! Big hugs and love being sent your way! emoticon emoticon

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FREELADY 3/4/2011 11:26PM

    We will never, ever give up on you.

I am proud of you for making a plan, even when things feel so awful. These are genuine strains, griefs, losses. Please be kind to yourself.

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GRAMMACATHY 3/4/2011 10:58PM

    You are in my prayers. If you don't want to crash and burn like I did, please drink your water, eliminate the refined sugars and do wiggles or stretches every 15 minutes to keep your blood circulating while you are coping with all your losses and stress.
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MOV4WARD 3/4/2011 10:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonNo apologies, take care of yourself & spark when you can :)

(i was just reading about stress & how it impacts our bodies including the need to sleep to restore ourselves, so no guilt if you just veg a bit, k? hugs :)

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WINFIELD28 3/4/2011 9:50PM

    I have been thinking of you.
You are in my prayers also!
I won't give up on you! Don't give up on yourself, either. Be gentle with yourself right now and for as long as it takes for you to feel good, again.
Blessings and Friendship!

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NELLIEC 3/4/2011 9:49PM

    You are on my prayer list and I am praying for you!

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Adjusting the Sails

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friends, here is a quick update on my job status. As I said in my last blog, next step regarding my job was a decision as to whether I would make the commute 90 miles one way to keep a position with the company I currently work for.

I appreciate all the words of support and advice I have received, even though I have not been able to get back to all of you as I had hoped I would. I've read them all and considered the things you had to offer.

Thursday, human resources presented me the information regarding the position that they had for me at the other facility. This information was key to my decision. I had boiled everything down to two criteria that needed to be met in order for me to respond in the affirmative.

Yesterday was the day I had to respond to their job offer. The two criteria were not met, so after 11 years with the same company, I turned down the job offer. I think the time is here for a clean break. What a journey it has been!

The winds of fear buffet me, but I purpose to hang my trust on the almighty God. I claim that he has plans of a future and hope for me and that ultimately he will bring about his purposes for my good. (Jeremiah 29:11 & Romans 8:28)

The past two weeks have been very difficult for me and I've not done well on my healthy living journey on most aspects. I've also gotten far behind in my sparking. In fact, this morning, I decided I need to delete a lot of emails that I was holding on to respond to; so many of you that have commented on my blogs and given support. Please know I have read and appreciate it even if I have not given you my normal thank you and personal response.

I hope that you can understand that for right now, my job search must take priority. I have cut back on the action I see on my friend feed, the team message board subscriptions and SP emails. I hope to check in every day and spin that wheel. The only update you may see for a time is the points I got on the wheel. But if you see only that, know that my heart is still here with you dear people and my goal is to continue on this journey. Outside of that, I will check in as I am able.

The last while, it seems every time I feel that I am on my way again, I get off on a detour. I am determined to stay the course, but once again, I may need to readjust my sails a bit.

I love my Spark friends. Thank you.

  
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LESLIES537 3/1/2011 12:01AM

    Oh sweetie...you touch my heart every time I read a blog of yours. Your sincerity is so genuine and heartfelt. I just love that about you. I wish you the best of luck in pursuing your life's purpose. I have so much respect for you in taking on this new journey in your life with such a positive outlook. I envy your courage and tenacity!

~Leslie



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MTULLY 2/28/2011 11:57PM

    You are in my thoughts as prayers. Just be sure to take care of you!

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ELAOPET 2/27/2011 5:39PM

    You know I understand what you're going through. GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND!!!!!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/27/2011 3:30PM

    Excellent! Peace be with you as you go into uncharted territory. I'll keep praying.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/26/2011 4:23PM

    I'm glad you've made a decision as that clears the way for 'the next step,' whatever that might end up becoming - speaking for myself, I don't really care whether you personally respond to anything I have posted or emailed because I do understand your situation. I'm sure everyone else will understand, too, and I personally don't think comments always require a response - otherwise, it gets into 'thank you for thanking me' and all that sort of thing.

GOOD LUCK with your job hunt - I hope the severance and unemployment benefits tide you over until you find something else and I wish you the very best life has to offer!!

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NELLIEC 2/26/2011 3:42PM

    God bless you!

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MOV4WARD 2/26/2011 1:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonTime to tack, adjust your sails & change course. Update & Spark when you can, don't fret when you can't. Will keep you in our t&p's :)

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My Life As It Is These Days

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Friends, I am so sorry I've been kind of absent on SP the last week or so. I am so far behind in my sparking, I don't know if I'll ever catch up. I've been working 10 hours per day and working in all my spare time on my resume`, setting up online job searches, putting feelers out, etc.

I sent out an update via email to my family this evening on my work situation and thought the quickest thing for me to do in the time crunch I'm under right now is copy and past the info to you and condense it a wee bit where there is TMI.

I submitted a proposal to work from home. Spent some long hours and late nights working on it to get it ready quickly. I heard back from my boss today. He reviewed my proposal with the company management. He said I had a well prepared proposal and am a valuable employee, but all of them felt that it was not in the best interest of the company, and the duties of the job were best performed on site. Although I am disappointed, I am not heartbroken, upset or angry. I submitted it and rested in God to work as is best. So I take this as his answer. To be honest, if I were in their shoes, I would have made the same decision. I knew that my proposal needed some oomph in the benefits to the company, but I had to try. I've said from the beginning I will explore all options.

So, with that behind me, I move forward to pursue other options. I have not totally ruled out making the commute for a time until I find something else, if it would ultimately put more money in the bank after gas, etc. than an unemployment check. I'm doing some major number crunching and reviewing all options. The unemployment check looks pretty slim, but then so does the check after paying for gas commuting 90 miles one way every day; the up side of the commute is that I would still have the benefits, whereas unemployment offers nothing in that regard - a lot of things to weigh all around. The commute would not be feasible unless there are others that I could carpool with. They are currently holding jobs open until Friday. At that point, they will be hiring to fill the positions needed in the main office. So that's the time frame I have for making that decision. They have still to get back to me with a wage and exactly which position(s) would be open for me, which I suspect will come from the HR department when they are there Thursday. It would not be my ideal choice, but sometimes one does what one needs to do.

There is a part of me that thinks the time may have come to make a clean break from the company for reasons I choose not to discuss here. But I'm still reviewing my options.

They tell me the job market is a tough one out there, but I'm brushing up my resume`; started email notifications to receive some online job searches and will start beating the bushes. The labor board will be at our work place on Thursday to review unemployment options, and staff will be available to help us write resume`s; so I plan to have them look at mine see how I can beef it up.

At this point, I am exploring all options and closing no doors until they are closed to me or the time is here to close them.

I simply ask that, if you pray, pray as God reminds you or leads you. I miss my mother's prayers. I won't bore you with my feelings on the whole matter, but have tried to stick to the facts for the most part.

On the healthy lifestyle journey, I'm moving from day to day in somewhat of a daze and just doing the best I can with the situation I find myself in, tight time schecule and very tight financially; haven't done grocery shopping for quite some time; so one day at a time we journey on.

Hope I haven't bored you to tears, but I didn't really have time to write a separate blog for SP.

I hope to catch up with all my friends some day soon.

  
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JFROGDIVA 2/24/2011 10:46PM

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ELAOPET 2/24/2011 5:45PM

    I know just what you mean. Job hunting is so stressful and all consuming, I too am way behind on supporting my friends here. I shake in my boots and do the best so yes, I understand.
Let us believe good things are coming! HUGS!

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RAINBOWFALLS 2/23/2011 8:06PM

    No apologies needed. We all have to live our life and fit Spark in where and when we can. Good luck with the job.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/23/2011 10:27AM

    I'm so sorry to hear they were unwilling to consider the proposal but at this point, my advice would be to commute to the new job AND see if they will reconsider letting you do PART of your job at home or maybe switch working hours around to reduce the commute - for instance, if you worked 10 hrs a day for 4 days instead of 8 hrs a day for 5 days - some companies also let employees work 9 hrs a day with every-other-Friday off - they actually get a 'free' hour in the exchange but usually compensate pay OR add the extra hour to vacation/sick time [my gf had that arrangement and loved it]

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Keep in mind that NOBODY makes major changes easily or quickly - that includes the company! If 'working from home' 100% of the time is too much for them to wrap their little minds around, then come up with 'baby steps' for them and try to ease them into it. Yeah, sure, we always want 'instant results' but we also know that's not always the best goal, right??

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As for the control issue, I agree with what's already been posted. I had to 'force' my college to let me teach online [which I started doing in 1993!!] - first I scheduled ONE class that was perfect for it and offered the students the option of either working online or coming to class - after 3 semesters with no more than 1-3 students 'in the classroom,' they finally agreed to let me do the entire thing online. Eventually I shifted my entire schedule to online but they wanted me to sit in my office to teach - I documented how ridiculous that was, er, I mean, I documented the many disadvantages to school & students vs benefits of doing online office hours. Now it's common.

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My point is just that sometimes you have to patiently 'educate' them to understand your viewpoint. So....I strongly advise you to take the 'commute' option until you find another job OR convince them to let you telecommute PART of the time - for instance, if you worked 9-10 hrs a day in the office 3 days a week, commuted 1 or 2 other days DOING THINGS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE INTERACTION. Every job has a ton of work that can be done more efficiently 'all alone' whether it's writing, simply typing up reports or notes from others, doing phone work, etc.

Send me a sparkmail with your personal email address and I'll help you 'load up' on the benefits and 'sales pitch' - trust me, this is my 'expertise' and I say don't give up yet, just change tactics slightly.

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I also STRONGLY suggest you take a few minutes to figure out a 'maintenance program' that will work until things settle down. I've come to realize that trying to continue to 'lose weight' or 'improve health/fitness' during crisis times like this may not be realistic but that doesn't mean I have to 'give up' entirely and backslide. So I'm working on MAINTENANCE strategies to 'tread water' until I can move forward again after settling the crisis d'jour.

Either way, I'm SOOOOOOO SORRY you are having to deal with this - sheesh, as if you didn't have enough emotional juggling going on already! But I know you are strong and can get through this!!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/23/2011 5:25AM

    I thought about you early Tues, knowing today was the day. Sorry about the answer! At least you tried.

"The duties of the job best performed on site" = control issues; 99% of employers want you under their thumb and can't stand the thought of giving up control that comes with telecommuting. Doesn't matter if you've worked for them faithfully 50 years; 99% would still say "no" to telecommuting. So I'm not surprised, but, at least you tried.

Then also if they do it for one employee, that opens doors they don't want to go down.

That is alot of stress; get the answer Tues and have to decide whether or not to commute by Friday. If all you can do is drink extra water and deep breathe, BE SURE YOU ARE DOING THAT EVERY HOUR.

They might offer you a crummy job Thursday, wage-wise - or a really good one - or similar to what you already have - so keep job hunting meanwhile, while you wait and see about Thursday's offer; Thur's offer will figure into the picture and help you make your decision.

You can always say yes to commuting temporarily, but you'd lose unemployment and severance (if any) that way, if you say yes now and quit later. It is too bad you couldn't do both - take severance (if any) AND have a new job lined up, dovetailed together.

It sounds like to me, no matter how you slice it, you're going to work somewhere else and get another job. It's just a matter of when. If that's true then I'm against commuting in your case on the one hand; unemployment would give you paid time to job hunt; but on the other hand if you are that tight financially then I would commute until you find something else, because anything could happen medically at any time. Also it's easier to get a job while you're employed, than it is when you're unemployed.

I would do everything I could to give myself more options - i.e. have other finalized job offers to consider. If you had other options to choose from in addition to commuting and unemployment, it would make a big difference. I'd be calling everyone every day on every break, every lunch, and every minute at home until it's too late at night to be calling people who might have gone to bed, to try to get another job offer.

But that's still unlikely (without a miracle) to happen before Friday's decision. If you had other options it would be so much better, but things are happening rapidly this week; Tues answer, Thurs more info, Fri decision.

You said your job won't end until April - is that correct? If so then you DO have the intervening time to line up another job, while still employed at the first job; and if you hadn't found something then unemployment would kick in after that. Still, it's still a big gamble to make by Fri.

Maybe you could say yes to commuting on Fri, but turn down the offer after Friday and still get unemployment, and severance (if any), in April? Find out if you can do so discreetly; maybe someone else will ask so you don't have to.

All you can do is take one day at a time, pray for wisdom, and DEFINITELY DO SOME DEEP BREATHING, every day. Through this whole process, pray for wisdom and take care of you - those are your top two priorities no matter what. Don't worry about Sparking or anything else like that.

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-POOKIE- 2/23/2011 3:37AM

    Not bored, just concerned for you.

I really hope this turns into a new and better opportunity for you somehow, Im sorry you are being dealt so much stress at the moment.

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NELLIEC 2/22/2011 9:18PM

    I am praying for you.

Do what is necessary, but don't sweat the rest.

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MOV4WARD 2/22/2011 7:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonSpark when you can, and please don't fret it otherwise, we'll be here when you are able to Spark & inbetween updates, will continue to hold you in our t&ps. (hugs) j

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AMARAN 2/22/2011 7:37PM

    You're not behind. Just jump in where you are.

I'm praying for you!

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