I received my last unemployment check on Friday. That means there is no more money coming in.
I have been here before and looking back, it wasn't THAT bad. OK maybe it was at times because I had three little boys. But now, it is like a new beginning. Not having unemployment is going to free up some time because:
- I no longer have to remember to certify every two weeks
- I will not have to monitor my checking account balance because - well - there will be no money coming in
- I don't have to track all the job applications I have sent out.
So while this part is not so glamorous, it is a reality that many others are facing too.
I am not ready to be the "Walmart Greeter." There is nothing wrong with that and it is a job, but I just got my degree 4 years ago. I have college loans to pay off. That part is the scary part. I now have the degree and the knowledge to do more than say "Welcome to Walmart" or "Would you like fries with that?" I do not mean to sound condescending. Not at all. I guess I just believed while I was working so hard for that college degree, that I would be able to use it longer that 2.5 years.
God works in mysterious ways. There is a reason for this experience and I have yet to understand what it is, but I am keeping my mind and my options open. I will approach this with the same positive attitude I have had all along (even with a few bad days thrown in for excitement).
I will ask myself, how have others survived? What can I cut out of our budget now? What else can we live without? Where can more changes be made? What other burdens can I free myself of now that I have no consistent income? (I do have some, so maybe that is why I am taking this in stride)
Having thought about this a little more, maybe this means it is time to take more risks and move ahead with my plan to write. Knowing I had unemployment to help me through the rough part made me a little complacent I think. I knew that at least I had that money. NOW, I need to find more opportunities. So below is my new motto...........