Today is the end of the first full week of being unemployed. I’m not sure how I really feel about being unemployed yet. Part of me likes spending quality time with my kids and a part of me misses the camaraderie of working with other adults to solve common problems. In the last week, I’ve revamped my resume more times that I care to admit and I’m not sure it’s any better than it was. I’ve searched the same job boards over and over trying to figure out what’s out there and what I want to do. On a positive note, I’ve had a couple of recruiters call me about jobs. There is one that I would jump on in a heartbeat but there is a big problem with it because it is in another city and would require us to relocate. There is NO way we could move right now because we are so far underwater on our home, we’d never be able to sell it for what we owe and foreclosure/short sale is not an option in my profession. Not to mention my husband would also have to find another job. He’s a Sharepoint developer so odds are he wouldn’t have a problem but he doesn’t like change and is already pushing back on any discussion of moving.
Over the last week, I haven’t really explored the home-based business idea any further because I just don’t know that I could really make enough money in the near term to make it worthwhile. I have really been considering writing a book about my family though. I’d probably have to write it from a fictional perspective just to protect my crazy family and their “sensibilities.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told people the story of my family and they always tell me I have a reality show or a Lifetime movie (or three) in the making!
On the other side of this equation, there are positives to being home. I’ve started walking my children to and from school and I have the sore muscles to prove it. I’ve had some free time and started exploring photography of the local flora and fauna. The heron at the top of this file was visiting our pond yesterday morning. I watched him catch a fish only to have a hawk steal it from him! I’m still working towards completing my BA in Marketing and have about 9 classes before I finish. I really enjoy my marketing classes and maybe someday can make money doing that. This first full week of unemployment has not really helped me figure out what I want to do but it is allowing me to take care of myself a little more, explore things that I’ve never had the time to explore and continue my education without having to rush my studies! I would say the first week has been much more productive and interesting than I thought it would be.