Day…I forget.Post Employment Era.

Available for work

I know I typically start these posts with the number of days I have been post employed, but I have now lost count.  Probably about after the 60th day mark, I just kind of gave up on counting.  That is mostly because, not in a million years would I have even imagined that it would take me this long to land a job.  I just assumed that since there are jobs out there, and I am educated and experienced, that I would just easily slide into one of them.  Well, even in this “employee” market, I got nothing.  I am not bitter, or giving up by any means.  I just need a break.  Job hunting is consuming too much of my mental space.  I need to live a little and enjoy my freedom for a while.

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So after applying for more than a 100 jobs and talking about myself more than I ever have, in my entire life, I am taking a much needed hiatus.  I have some irons in the fire, and I will continue to work those leads, but I am no longer going to actively pursue jobs.  Not forever, just through the end of  year.  I will start my hunt again in January.

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Also, I am currently a full-time PhD student pursing what is deemed a terminal degree for a reason.  I’m thinking they call it that because if the dissertation process doesn’t kill you, the review process surly will! So, my new title is full-time student.  I am going to stay active by volunteering around the city and baking cookies with my grandkids.  Who knows, I might be able to parlay that into an actual career.

I really need to give a shout out to all of my wonderful supportive friends and family.  Without them I would be so lost. Please don’t stop supporting me.  And if you see that perfect fit job for me, by all means, still send it my way.  I will apply and give it my best shot.  Thank you all!

 

 

Day 14. The Post-Employment Era.

Available for work

The best thing about not working, is not working. I like the freedom. I like the flexibility to go to Starbucks and have random conversations with strangers.

The other day, I met Ken and Sam.  Ken is really super opposed to Corporate America. A business owner that doesn’t care for much other than making money.  I am of course exaggerating. I am sure he cares about something else.  His advice to me however, revolved around making money.  Enter Sam.

Sam is an older guy, who spent 50 years in various jobs.  He said that every time he got bored with a job, he switched jobs. Like major career changes. Although he is 70, he sounds like a millennial. He cautioned me to find my passion.  He told me his only regret was that he didn’t pick one career and stick with it. (Umm…note to millennials.)

It was nice talking to them. Two people offering help that didn’t know the history of why I was unemployed.  And frankly didn’t care to know.   They simply just wanted to help. AND, by the way, they weren’t flirty.  We didn’t exchange numbers or emails. They weren’t condescending.  Sometimes men give women advice from a protector’s standpoint. They didn’t do that.  It was just a conversation. Simple as that.

FreedomI am truly going to miss the freedom to have the opportunity to meet people like this. Randomly.  At Starbucks. At 10 am on a Tuesday.

By the way, I am still actively looking for employment.  If you have a job you don’t need, I could use one.

30 Day Writing Challenge

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Write in your journal, blog, or on a post it note. There are no rules other than to GET WRITING! But here is a hint, document the process so you can celebrate your accomplishment. Be descriptive and more importantly, creative. Some days you may barely get out a paragraph, other days you might write 4 pages. The important thing about this challenge is just to write. Everyday. For 30 days, in a row. Okay, so here it is.

Ready. Set. Go.

Write about…

  1. Your current relationship status. Discuss how life is being single, married, divorced, etc.
  2. Where would you like to be in 10 years?
  3. Your views on drug and alcohol.
  4. Your views on religion.
  5. A time you were at your lowest, and perhaps even thought about ending your life.
  6. Write 30 facts about yourself.
  7. Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality.
  8. A moment in your life when you felt the most satisfied.
  9. Your greatest hope for the future.
  10. Your first love and first kiss.
  11. Your 10 favorite songs. How are they alike? Different?
  12. Recall your entire day. What did you do? What did you want to do?
  13. A place you would like to visit or move to and why?
  14. Your earliest memory.
  15. Be like Oprah, what are your favorite things?
  16. Your views on social media and the celebrities it has produced.
  17. Your highs and lows in the past year.
  18. Your strongest beliefs.
  19. A time when you disrespected or disagreed with your parents.
  20. How has education changed your life? How important is it?
  21. One of your favorite shows. Why is it your favorite?
  22. How you have changed in the past 2 years.
  23. 5 celebrities who you find attractive and why.
  24. Your all-time favorite movie.
  25. Someone who fascinates you and why.
  26. Describe something that you don’t understand how it works, like the refrigerator light. (Without Googling it.)
  27. A problem you have had or still are working on.
  28. Something that you miss.
  29. Your goals for the next 30 days.
  30. Your highs and lows of this month.