I took two days off of the Blog Every Day in May challenge and I don’t feel like making them up. But I do feel emotionally tied to today’s prompt of talking about a current struggle in my life.
Today, exactly one year after I graduated with my masters degree, I filed for unemployment and didn’t go to the job that helped define me for the past three months.
In 365 days, I went from being happy and in wonder for what my life was going to hold to being downtrodden about the economy, the government, and my future.
It was a rough journey to have found my last job. I worked two part-time jobs to attempt to pay bills and keep myself afloat financially. (That didn’t work well for a bit.) I saw dream jobs go to others, and found that the jobs that I thought I would be perfect for weren’t mine to take. When I landed my former job, I was thrilled. I missed working with youth. I wanted to create a lasting impact and turn a children’s department from nothing to a welcome environment for all. I, thankfully, was able to leave behind an impact on some of my patrons and helped develop a great collection development strategy.
But I was laid off due to the lack of funding for my position. I didn’t realize I was on such a limited term employment when I was hired. I had no idea there was an end date that everyone seemed to know about but me. I had no idea the business may have had some financial issues. I realized there were issues early on, and didn’t choose to ignore them. I worked hard in my job and at night, I looked for jobs elsewhere.
I have a long list of jobs I have applied to. I have filed for unemployment benefits to assist in the bill paying I have in the coming months. I have two job interviews this week, and am hopeful for more positive work-related news in the coming weeks. I’ve had supportive friends, family, and bloggers who have given advice and suggestions for employment opportunities.
I won’t be unemployed for long, know that. But I am going to take an hour a day to take a long walk or run, spend out in the sun, and work on making myself as happy and healthy as possible as I wait for the job offers to pour in. That’s how it works, right?