My Initial Thinking

**Update: Below is my very first post on this page. It gives you a little more insight into what got me started on this path. After I wrote this I was actually inspired to take my blog in a different direction, which you can read about on the About page. However, I still think that this post is worth keeping. So I’m leaving it here, and if you’re interested in a little more background info on why I initially started writing this blog, please do read it. Thanks!!**

At the beginning of December 2016, amidst a flurry of rumors about the fate of the organization for which I was working, I was laid off. In addition to the financial concerns that plague anyone who has lost a job, I have been struggling with “making the most” of staying home each and every day. As a person who enjoys being busy, this period of unemployment has been quite difficult.

I am not very crafty and have few hobbies (aside from nightly reading, cooking, and looking on Pinterest to see what I might make if I WERE crafty), so filling my days with meaningful activities is not an easy thing to do. The combination of having lost a job that I was passionate about and good at, not contributing to the household finances, and having very little to do during the day has been pretty awful for my state of mind. I’ve been slipping into my old, bad habits of questioning my self-worth, though on a rational level I know what happened is not my fault and that I am doing all that I can to remedy the situation.

Each day, I have been working hard not only to find a job, but also to find a way to use my talents in a positive way while I look for a job. I have done a lot of reading, a lot of soul searching, and a lot of toying with various new ideas.

I love to write, so I thought I might start a blog. But, as mentioned above, I have very few hobbies to showcase on a blog. I struggled for a long time to come up with something compelling to write about, something that would provide several posts’ worth of content.

Then I realized that my current struggle is not unique.

I know that there are other people in a similar situation:

  • reeling from the loss of a job that they were passionate about and good at
  • struggling to stay upbeat as they navigate the rollercoaster of unemployment and job hunting
  • hoping to continue to be a strong role model for their children
  • hoping to find a new career that is as meaningful and as good a fit as the one that they had
  • finding it difficult to make the most out of this time, as is so often suggested

I hope that, if you can relate to any or all of these things, you find some solace in knowing that you are not alone. As I continue on this journey, I plan to share my challenges and successes in hopes that you can relate to them or find some ideas for overcoming your own challenges.

Since my life does not revolve solely on sending out resumes and scouring the Internet for a just-right job, I will likely sprinkle in posts about the challenges and successes of my daily life, as well. There are plenty. 🙂

As for the requisite “About Me” bit, I live in California with my 3-year-old son (yeah he’s a bonafide threenager at this point and will definitely be making cameos in my posts) and my amazing, supportive husband. We have no pets, but we keep saying we’re going to get a dog. Someday. Ha.

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