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Stress eating is the PITS, isn't it?!?

I attempt as much as possible when I feel a bout of this coming on surround myself with BOATLOADS of healthy snacks, mostly veggies, some nuts, stuff that takes some serious gnoshing...for me it often includes baby carrots, baby spinach (I consider these to be my new potato chip...lol!), bell peppers (red, preferably...sweeter) and at times brocolli and cauliflower.

I think you will find SparkPeople offers everything WW does and MORE and of course as you point out the best part is the PRICE... :-) I'm always talking up SparkPeople wherever I go, both because I think the Spark ROCKS and because I figure it's the LEAST I can do in return for such a wonderful and cost-free supportive community and wealth of information!

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Hi I'm Rena. Technically I'm not laid off but I have had my hours cut drastically. From 2 jobs with 49 hours to 1 job and 25 hours.
This is very stressful and I have been stress eating ever since. I was so proud that I didn't gain any weight over the holidays but now I believe I have gained 7-8 lbs. I have been on the WW program for almost a year and I can no longer afford to, so i signed up to this site yesterday hoping to get myself back on track. I'm just so glad there is something out there that is free so i can continue toward my goal.

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1/13/09 4:26 P

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don't give up vegpunk try to get into as much of a positive routine as you can during this time. Been through a hard weekend got up Saturday at 7am husband got extremely ill and rushed to hospital at 12 midnight they finally got him into a hospital room and settled in by 7am Sunday hadn't been asleep for over 24hrs drove very carefully home didn't go over 20 miles the whole time immediately checked bloodsugars to low grabbed something to eat then passed out for 4 hrs then back to the hospital been trying to do little things that are routine for me in between times they calm me down especially when things get upended like this. Hang in there keep a journal it will help that way you can tell if you're spinning over same worries or new ones, journal helps me on that one and gets it down on paper kinda like letting go. Making sure you get enough sleep and especially eat a balanced diet. I up my B vitamins and even get stresstabs to help me for the times my husband goes into these phase. Stay strong alot of people here have so many great tips

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Hey, I'm JEALOUS! I'm always struggling to get my 8 hours of sleep...just not enough hours in the day! :-)

Good for you to take such care of yourself!

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1/13/09 12:44 P

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Thank you for the support. I slept nearly 10-11 hours last night and feel a bit better today.

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Hello Marie!

Great idea to allow yourself to wallow, rant, rave...for a time-limited amount...CONTAIN it...then PUSH oneself into moving on!

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Hello everyone.

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I Looove the Wallowing time limit. Awesome!

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1/12/09 9:51 P

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Sorry to hear about your down day, Vegpunk. I have been meeting with an outsourcing counselor and they talked about mood. While it is totally natural to feel depressed and anxious about our situations, the counselor reminded me that it's too easy to get stuck in our despair. Definitely cry, scream, and get it all out there, but try not to wallow in it.

I have been having a daily "wallowing time limit" - I take an hour sometime during my day and cry, get angry, scream, journal about the things that are keeping me up at night, etc. Then when the hour is up, I try to turn it off. I'm not always successful, but I'm learning that if I keep thinking about the pity, it's just a rerun of the same things I obsessed about for an hour - what a waste of time!
I think of all the little things I have been putting off for months because "I didn't have time". Well, now I've got it and I'm trying to make the most of it.

I know it's so hard, many days I don't feel like getting out of bed either! But the few days I gave in to the despair I ended up feeling worse. Drag yourself outside, get out of the house and do something, anything to distract yourself for a bit. You are a good person and good things will come to you if you just hang in there emoticon

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Agreed...! Somehow, by hook or crook you need to PUSH yourself out the door and put one step ahead of the other.

I like to think of Newton's Laws of Physics:

An object at rest tends to STAY at rest!

and

An object in motion (e.g. YOU after nudging yourself OUT the door!) tends to STAY in MOTION!

Try really hard not to allow any good weather to pass without pushing yourself out the door into the sunlight!

Sometimes it's like striking a flint on stone...over and over until VOILA! You have a SPARK! :-)

Don

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You need some sun my friend. And a walk would help. Combine the two if possible, your mood will follow you out the door, but I think you will have to go first.

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had a tough day--the anxiety, depression and bad coping mechanisms came out full-force today. I never went outside--the mail was brought to my door even! (I had a package). It was so warm and sunny but I couldn't appreciate it b/c of the funk I was in. I really hope i can function better tomorrow.... emoticon

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Staying focused on one's health is absolutely going to benefit you and spill over into attracting employment. Looks like you both (Cute & Veg) have been doing a SUPER job of that...WTG!! :-)

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Hello. I worked for Mervyns. We got news on October 17 that we would be closing very soon. My last day was December 22. I got my final paycheck in the mail January 2 and unemployment has been a frustrating process. I don't get much, if any. I even had to give up my apartment and move back in with my dad, which has also been terrible. I live in a tiny isolated town so finding work has been tough. I have been job-hunting for 3 months solid, at least. But while I have no job, I have loads of time to do cardio and strength training and get fit. So, that is certainly a perk!

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I COMPLETELY relate to your posting! I have an Associates, Bachelors, and I'm one class away from getting my Masters in Technology Management. Since being laid off in June I've had a heck of a time finding employment. There are hundreds or more applicants for every opening.

I certainly make more money in unemployment than I would at McDonalds or another lower paying employer. I don't consider myself above those things, but I think my time is probably more productively spent with my son and job hunting. I am thankful for the unemployment extension, and I am hoping for something to turn up very soon!!!!

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Hello all. I was encouraged when I saw this topic ... glad to know I'm not alone in my struggles. I'm 30 years old, a single mother of 2, and I was laid off last June. I've worked really hard to get where I am, and sometimes I feel that I'm treading water, if not getting caught in the backwards current. However, I cannot give up. Right now I'm trying to focus on myself again. I allowed myself to gain over 100 pounds in a year and a half (combination of being pregnant and being under a lot of stress). Now I can't help but think that I'd have a better chance at finding employment if I were thinner. We all know this is technically "wrong", but face it, the reality is that heavier people (women in particular) are stereotyped as being more lazy and frumpy and at higher risk of sick days. Either way, I need to lose the weight. I've lost about 40 pounds since October, and I am hoping for about 50 more in the next several months.

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Welcome aboard, Hedge!

Volunteering is a SUPER idea! I appreciate your thinking of it and putting that suggestion out there! Not only is it rewarding activity in and of itself, but at times (no guarantees here folks...!) it's possible that some volunteer positions can open doors, expand one's network and lead to paying jobs.

So sorry to hear of your skunk of a boss! Yeesh!

However, you seem to be doing a super job of taking charge of those things that are under your control! WTG!

Keep coming back and post your trials, tribs and SUCCESSES! Stick with the SPARK and we ALL will reach our health and wellness goals!

Don

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I've ran the Capital Campaign for the Church... But we are winding now. All I have to do is keep up with the new members. Watch me tell them that the average pledge is 1100 buckaroos.. I have (with lots of help) brought in over 80 grand. I can't do a lot financially until I working but I had time so I put in my effort.

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Thanks for sharing your stories, everyone. It's nice to know I'm not alone!

I was laid off in December. My boss did it over the phone while I was on vacation, no less! But I'm looking at this as an opportunity to find a new career that I can absolutely love. I missed being passionate about my work for the past few years. A recession is not the best time to switch careers, but if I can just be patient I know it will pay off.

Is anyone taking the time to volunteer? This is something I am just getting into. It turns out there are a lot of hours in the day to fill up after my daily visit to the gym and job searching, lol.

Volunteering is a good alternative to sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself. And it's a win-win - I help others, which makes me feel good about myself. I also have less time to cheat on my diet! Just an idea for anyone else out there looking for a worthwhile way to spend their extra time while job searching.

Good luck everyone!


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I'm thinking that I have extra time to get healthy and attractive. But it will be over soon. They will start hiring soon, I am certain of it.

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Hi, my name is Brenda and I was laid off 7 months ago. I have been looking for work ever since, but the job market down here is horrible. I have nearly drained my savings, and as a single person, don't know what will happen if something doesn't come up soon.

I really let being unemployed get to me, and I packed on even more weight. Now, I am trying to get it off and get back into a healthier lifestyle.

Get over it, and get on with it! You can't change the past, make the future better.


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Hey Sandy!

Super to see your introduction!

SparkPeople is the ANTIDOTE to CHOCOLATE! :-)

Stick around and to get the most from the Team keep posting your trials, tribs and successes! You will find taking control of your health and wellness to be GREATLY empowering and ultimately greatly help to attract employers through your enhanced confidence and self esteem!

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Hi I'm Sandy 25 from the uk.

I have been made redundant again - 3rd time in three years!!

I am applying for everything and sometimes not even hearing a thing - so I am concentrating on getting my weight down and also it'll help keep my mind off being jobless etc..

Nothing worse than letting it get me down - thats when the chocolate kicks in...



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When asked what I do I say I am an unemployed computer programmer. and they always say.... That seems to be going around. I'm like "Wait for it, There it is.." I'm expecting a personal turn around sometime in January.. One way or another. If I can get healthy I am going to start working on being a proper home-maker.

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I have also come across a lot of scam postings. Do not apply for anything that asks for you cell phone carrier. I don't know how NE works for unemployment. Here, I have to apply weekly and it took over a month for it to finally clear so I could recieve payments. Good luck!

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Hi Amy -

I hope that Nebraska will be great for unemployment. I have to file today (we file weekly) and I am also looking for a job... but I am under qualified for a lot of jobs Id like. PLUS all the jobs that are calling me are scams... where i would OWE money each pay check. I also think I will try to go back to school. :)

Have a great Friday!
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That's a great response, Amy!

Minnesota sounds, from the bits and pieces I hear, like a surprising island of progressive trends out in the mid-west!

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My response to "What do you do?" is usually along the lines of, "I am currently being rewarded by the state for all the hard work I did in the past year." I also will say that I am a student, I help out family members by running errands, etc.

I am also very grateful that I live in Minnesota, where unemployment benefits are great. I know that the benefits in most states are not as good as what I am getting here. This has given me the opportunity to be more picky when looking for a job and to be able to help out my family and friends.

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Welcome to our Team!

So much of our lives and the value that we see in ourselves is wrapped up in our work, our career. It's usually among the first questions asked when getting to know someone: "What do you do?"

SparkPeople is a wonderful place to be to find a focus and purpose to your day-to-day life. Keep coming back, keep caring for yourself as priority #1 and you will get through this!

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

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I am so glad I found this team!

I was laid off on September 30th when the company I worked for was sold. I was luckily re-hired the next day by the new owner. The new owner did not really know anything about running a business. He changed our phone numbers and e-mail addresses, increased prices, and did not bring back any of our sales reps. Needless to say, the company was doing very badly money wise, and I was laid off again on November 24th.

I had a feeling that the new owner was not going to be able to make it financially so I had been looking for a new job. This is a very difficult time to look for a job. It seems that most of the jobs out there are paying a lot less then they did a year ago. Most of the job listing I find pay a lot less than my unemployment.

I have been trying to network. I am working towards a B.S. in accounting so I am looking for an entry-level accounting position with potential for growth. I will be done with school in a little over a year. I already have a B.S. (in Education) so my program is not very long for me.

The hardest part about being unemployed is I often feel that I don't have a purpose. I get frustrated when people say things about how it must be nice to not have to work. I don't like not working. Going to a job everyday gave me something to do. I also get frustrated when people tell me to just go work at McDonald's. I make more money on unemployment then I would at a fast food restaurant or as a cashier.

I have been lucky that my family has been very supportive of me, both financially and emotionally. My boyfriend has also been wonderful. He works construction and gets laid off every year at some point. As luck would have it, he went back to work the day after I got laid off.

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Welcome aboard April!

I've known some folks who've done surprisingly well with Ebay sales...good luck with that! Sadly age-ism continues to be a big problem out there, especially in combination with the tendency for corporate America to use and discard folks far too easily!

Hang in there and keep us posted on how you're doing!

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Hi, I'm April, age 54. The first time I was laid off was in 2002, which was a Fortune 100/500 company I thought I'd retire from. I took a job at half the salary, fell behind in bills, left that for another corporate job that laid me off in 2006. Moved from NY to AZ in 2007, and love it here. I am selling on eBay and if it doesn't produce financially enough to live comfortably by June, I will be back hunting daily for either a part-time job to round out eBay, or a full-time job and eliminate eBay....I find the older I get the less likely corporations want me, so I would prefer more control of my future via self-employment. Glad I found this team!

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Hey, whether it's ourselves or significant others who are laid off, it still can become quite a source of stress! Glad to have you joining in!

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Oh I never introduced myself here! I'm Tashena Gonzales and it is actually my husband Anton Gonzales that was laid off in mid-October.

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Good for you, Emma! Waiting certainly doesn't do much for turning up job possibilities...! Do you have a particular strategy or plan in mind...? Wishing you the best of success...keep us posted! :-)

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That's nice. Very nice. I'm planning on finding work in January. That happens a lot. I may have to change what work it is that I do. But I will be doing some work because I am completely over waiting around.

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Hello. I have been reading everyones stories and I want you all to know I am here for you if you need to talk.
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I love the Serenity Prayer and use it all the time to help me to focus on making good food choices and working out...even when it seems like chaos is whirling all about! That laser-like focus on taking care of oneself can make all the difference in the world!

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I've been unable to work for nearly 10 years because of severe anxiety disorders. At the point where I dropped my basket, so to speak, I'd just finished all the coursework and exams for a ph.d. and had only the dissertation to write. It was never written.

My husband and I are in our early 50s. After a corporate buy-out, my husband's job was eliminated in January 2007. 2 years later, and he's found work, sporadically, for 8 of those 24 months. The search continues.

We're stressed. Fed up with feeling like we were being blown around by unseen forces, I decided to take control of at least one area in my life: my health. I'm overweight and unhealthy and unhappy because of it. I may not be able to control anything else in my life - but this body stuff?

This is mine and I'm back in charge!

HOO-rah!

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Certainly being laid off or otherwise going through financial hardships forces one to re-evaluate what ARE the important things in our life...?

A super book to help folks to take stock of oneself is "What Color Is Your Parachute?" by Richard Bolles.

You've probably heard about it back in high school, but it is also a superb book for folks looking to change careers or otherwise reflect on the future course one wishes to choose.

Here is a link to the book @ Amazon:

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What terrible year it's been for you and your husband, Molly! '09 will HAVE to be time to SHINE! :-) Wonderful to have you joining our Team!

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

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Hello! My name is Molly and I live in Omaha, NE. I was a graphic designer/customer service rep for a national magazine. I was laid off the Monday of Thanksgiving week,... and had JUST returned from a horrible (rainy and cold) Jamaican honeymoon.

My husbands and my luck have been horrible through out the year - horrible wedding, horrible honeymoon, grandparents passing or extremely sick, I failed out of my Masters program, and my husband has been unable to pass his RN test for nursing since June. He will hopefully pass this January or February.

Spark has been a blessing - helping me realize i CAN achieve my goals. I had lost ten pounds before we left for Jamaica but I think I packed 5 or more back on. Spark has also realized that more than likely my husband and I have been going and going, not taking advantage of something called TIME. :) Now that things have gone "bad", I realize that I was never happy regardless. I was happier when I had "less".

I have started to realize I need certain things back in my life, like God and other passions. I have picked up reading a series of novels and I am honestly going to try to get back in shape to swim competitively again. Plus, I am looking into working on my Masters again, just this time in Public Administration. I want to work in non-profits within my community ... hopefully :)

I am jumping back on to eating healthy and working out soon (I have been sick for the past week). Plus the more i have a SCHEDULE the more productive and happier I am :)

Spread the spark love!
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Make short term goals:

Swim run and lift as much as possible!

MWFSat = swim
ThSSun = lift
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12/26/08 3:27 P

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Hi my name is Marianne, I was laid off from my job on Dec 10th 2008.
I was working for the company for 10 years.
We had been thru a few rounds of lay offs in the past 18 months.
I had a feeling my time was coming, so I was totally prepared for it.
I have a son, who is a freshmen in college, so it will be a little bit of a struggle, since my husband will be the only one working.
I started looking for a new job, but there is nothing out there. I was working in the accounting field

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It's great to see new faces here! And everyone's got some SUPER momentum in building healthy, active lifestyles!

Maintaining that laser-like focus on healthy food choices and working out will help us to build our resilience under the stress of unemployment.

Don't forget to put yourself OUT THERE, network, network and MORE networking...! The more folks who know you're looking for employment the better your odds are of coming across promising employment circumstances.

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha

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Hello. My husband got laid off at the end of Sept '08. A week later I got it.
We both work for suppliers of the auto industry. This is the first time in our married life that I felt very comfortable with paying off the bills on time and having health insurance that we both need.
Now we look at each other every day and wonder what is next in our future. We are getting older and no formal education. This team I hope will help with the anxieties we all have in the search for employment. emoticon

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Hi, I was laid off from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas in Medicare department for lost contract at the end of February I started in April working temporary jobs and got the news day before Thanksgiving temporary job I was working on ending and probably nothing new on horizon til January, trying to hold on, situation a bit more challenging for second layoff in 8 years, also physical limitations on standing and lifting, as well as being a caregiver for my husband who has Huntington's trying to be positive I job hunt everyday go to interviews but get either get the message; found someone else or we are still looking very challenging on keeping upbeat spark and its members have helped in so many ways sometimes just reading the boards help give me new insight. Thanks for making this team it is much needed.

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I was laid off mid-October from a non-profit when our donations and funding plunged.

Because my husband had just taken a new job, we're better off than most, though we're scarcely hanging on.

With a daughter in kindergarten and being 30 mins from any city, it makes it very difficult to find work, but I've been using the time to work out at the Y Mon-Fri and finish the novel I'm ready to finish (and hopefully sell.)

I'm trusting in the Lord to keep us.

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I'm a clinical social worker with a private practice in which many of my clients are struggling either with being laid off or dealing with other adverse employment situations.

One of the most important strategies I often encourage my clients to follow is to focus on those things over which they have control...food choices and exercise being at or near the top of that list...to help them to instill a sense of empowerment or efficacy which ripples into other aspects of their life.

I plan to be available to Team members to help keep your lives "on track" and hopefully minimize any time spent being without a job.

Being laid off is a time of crisis which calls on us to take stock of ourselves and remind us of the true value that we bring to the table when it comes to looking for employment.

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha

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I was laid of in May 2008 and I am still looking. I'm a computer programmer who works with Microsoft access and my employment has always been cyclical, when the economy tanks nobody wants me. I have to figure out what my day job is. Until then I am trying to care for my health so when the call finally comes I am ready to step up.

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I was laid off on November 30th. After a few rounds of layoffs at my company, including my employees, I unexpectedly got the news myself.

I was disappointed because my CIO told me that the company really wanted me to stay (during previous layoffs), and asked me not to look for work elsewhere. I realize that I should have followed my self-protective instincts and taken action back then, instead of hoping that I could believe in the promises made to me.

So this one is another life lesson, for sure!

I've been using Spark since the beginning of this year and have found lots of inspiration here. I was considering starting a team like this, so I'm extremely happy that SP stepped up and made it! Hooray! :)

Besides using some of the goal-making skills that I learned on SP for job hunting, I'm trying to continue my weight loss journey and prepare for my first 5K.

Jocelyn

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Get to it! "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience..."-Eleanor Roosevelt
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Welcome to the team! Let us know a little bit about you, and what you're trying to accomplish.

"All your life, you have just been waiting for this moment to arise."
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