1) I do not enjoy even a little stress in my life. It has been wonderful to not have to balance a full time job with worrying about my sons, husband, parents, or any family members health. And it seems everybody is unhealthy right now. I also like knowing that if it is raining, I don't have to drive very far ~ if at all ~ which stresses me out since two of my three car accidents occured while it was raining. I can set my schedule however I need it to be and still earn a little bit of money. A VERY little bit, which is stressful yes, but compared to what I was feeling when I was making a LOT more money ~ I think I am happier with less.
2) The more I have to do, even if it is a stressful environment, the more I get done. I was much more productive when I was first
WHY? Because looking for work is time consuming, depressing, and STRESSFUL. Of the 40 or so applications I fill out online and send off EACH WEEK, I think I receive back 1 or 2 responses a MONTH. If that many. I decided to try a new approach.
I am developing a marketing package for my grant writing business, putting significant effort into trying to write grants for pay (as opposed to volunteer) while I become a little more selective with where I apply for jobs now. If you have time, check out my professional portfolio blog at http://eaberndt.wordpress.com and let everyone know I am looking for work and they would be wise to hire me.
I know that it really isn't a waste of time filling out all those online applications, but really ~ it is. And it is just a little too much stress.