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RUNCHOOSE's Photo RUNCHOOSE Posts: 621
4/18/13 6:57 P

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It's been a year since I've been active in here and I wanted to thank all the new members. What a cool moment of growth to see that we have 1,953 members today (April 18, 2013).

In December 2011, we had about 40 members. After being featured as a SparkPeople Team, we saw significant growth:
On Jan 23, 2012, we had about 200+ members.
On Feb 6, 2012, we had 550 members.

I'm not sure what happened since then but I'm pretty impressed! Congrats and thanks to everybody for building up the Upside of Downsized team thus far!



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3/20/12 2:36 A

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I will say that, after having some time to think about it, I've decided to go back to school!

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3/17/12 5:36 A

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all the me time I have!



 
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2/25/12 6:42 P

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The underemployment side of downsized (the job-shift version) ...

I am stuck to the desk because I had been stripped of duties I used to have (the interesting ones) ... slightly longer hours, same pay, no benefits anymore ...

business picks up a little, but it takes a long time for them to see the cash ... (etc.)

If I have to use the phone for the company's business, they get suspicious

And I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop ...( ? )

The upside is, I am (while still chained to the desk) reading the news online ...

Browsing amazon (can't afford to buy much)

Oh, seriously studying/previewing pilates videos on myyogaonline.com (I'm in the midst of a free one-month trial), with sound down or off ... I do dance, yoga and pilates at home ... with or without video/audio guidance ...

Anyhoo, I work in a company in not the sort of business where I could advance myself during downtime; I kind of work for what Richard Florida once wrote about--a "creative class" member--in a very tiny office ...
my coworker doesn't even bother to teach herself computers, so why should I (do much in that realm, I do something, of course because I love to LEARN ... but very little)

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 2/25/2012 (18:56)

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

- Igor Stravinsky

Find a way.

--Diana Nyad

(Said after swimming from Cuba to Key West without fins or shark cages)

My blog is at tiniertina.wordpress.com/ (topics vary; words are the most important things)

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2/13/12 6:43 P

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Now that I foresee myself working full time, I am trying to enjoy the best of these last moments of being out of work. I'll add to this from time to time. But what are your upsides of being under- or out-of-work?

1. Spending time with family -- hiking, playing games, sports, eating well, grocery shopping. Everything.

2. Taking advantage of EVERYTHING in the middle of the day -- no crowds or parking to fight over. Businesses are available and open.

3. Not having an 'agenda' or a built-in bias when networking - being able to represent myself only and not being affiliated with a specific company.

4. Time to pursue one's passions and define them.




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