I'vd been laid off for 5 months now. At first I was afraid to enjoy anything during the day, and just concentrated on the job search. I had several interviews right off the bat that I am sure would pan out. But as the economy worsened people backed off from hiring and the leads I had dried up. We did a lot of cleaning out he attic an closets, reorganizing the garage. We gave a lot to charity and were able to deduct it from our taxes. I tried selling a few collectables on Craigs list but nobody wanted them. I went to to job and resume seminars. I investigated a career change that I have been wanting to to for a while and after looking at several options, signed up for a certifcate program at the Community College. We spent some time helping a friend who was in the hospital and also unemployed, to get his insurance and benefits straightened out. I took care of his rabbit for several weeks, and I learned a lot about rabbits. I enjoyed Christmas much more this year because my husband and I finally had a week off together and I could take my time decorating and getting ready. I rediscovered the many thrift shops in our area and got a lot of good bargains. We also were able to spend many happy hours doing our hobbie crafts. As Christmas wound down, I was allowed myself to get involved in some of my hobbies during the day, and picked up my watercolor painting again. I make them into notecards, and I was thinking of finding a way to sell them. I go to the library a lot. Signed up to volunteer at the Hist Society but didn't hear anything. Weather permitting, I walk everyday, but I haven't been dedicating to exercise like I thought I would. To think that I always used the excuse that I didn't have time! I would like to re-focus on meal planning and exercise. I may try going to the gym during the day. I sent resumes out each week, and search the internet daily. We are keeping in touch with friends who work in the same field. I am starting school this week so I have something to look forward to. The days were really starting to drag. As spring approaches, I will be doing lots of yard work.
Veg...the fitness and healthy eating are some of the few things over which you STILL have control...no matter WHAT! You might surprise yourself over the boost you can get if you get back into the swing of things.
I am so sorry about the other circumstances and hurdles...this country needs SO much to develop a humane way to treat folks who are in your position...to fan the flames and excite rather than to continually slam doors in your face.
Glad you posted your frustrations...they are certainly understandable! But hone in on the things that are under one's control.
I SO AGREE with Nancy Howard's blog @ the Daily Spark! Here is the link:
My husband and I are taking the opportunity to do long-overdue yard work. We plan to clean out some closets next week. I plan to go through our huge collection of DVDs we rarely watch and try to sell some of them on Craig's List. Hubby lost his job about two weeks ago, and we moped around for about a week, but realized moping was only bringing us further down. We are both trying to schedule our days so that we are are doing some productive things around the house, and also taking steps to find work each day. This is making us feel so much better. I am so glad to have sparkpeople to inspire me to make lemonade out of lemons!!
I had good intentions and was off to a decent start. I was exercising more, started yoga and art, did the unemployment thing...Then the food stamp people said I can't be registered for more than 6 units, the EDD people said no school at all. I have been turned down for every job I have applied for, have nearly cut my exercise in half and seemed to have lost almost all hope and motivation.
current weight: 120.2
Fitness Minutes: (13,003) Posts: 377 2/1/09 11:00 A
I was laid off on December 10. I spent my time at first getting through the holidays and signing up for unemployment. Then, because I was lucky enough to get help from an employment agency, I spent time attending classes to improve my job search, resume, networking, and interview skills. I then focused on applying for jobs. Now, I am at a point where I am going on interviews. I am making exercise and healthy cooking a priority. My sons like for us to take them out to eat (and pay for it), but this week, I have told them that I am cooking for them. I will cook their favorites. We just got a nice, new dining room this year, so I plan for us to enjoy it! I have accepted that I may not find a job right away, but I continue to look for jobs and apply for them and do all that I can to correct the situation.
current weight: 176.6
Fitness Minutes: (105) Posts: 169 1/27/09 3:48 P
I've actually got to get on track. I am usually an avid reader but am now purposely avoiding it. Reading was my one getaway place on the evenings and weekends while I was working. Now I'm afraid that if I start a book, I'll stay with it all day and get nothing accomplished. So much eaiser to live in a well written tale then face the day without a paying job.
I do find it helps to keep up with my day planner. Gives me a purpose for the next day, a sense of accomplishment for steps taken, and a clear indication of where I've dropped the ball (what didn't I get done and why).
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