Thursday, May 23, 2013

unemployed and anxious!

So, I may have quit my job almost 2 months ago (I believe tomorrow will be my 2 month anniversary of being a stay at home bum) and I couldn't be more anxious about it.
I quit my part time retail job for reasons that I will not get into, but it was not a place for me to thrive or grow personally or professionally. Since then, I have applied to numerous jobs... however I haven't gotten a nibble. Job hunting is so much harder now than it was when I was younger. I think I'm finding it harder for a few reasons.
1) I'm applying to jobs that will pay the bills, not help me find my bliss
2) I have no idea how long I'm going to be living in this city & it makes it a bit harder to want to commit and give my all to a job
3) ONLINE APPLICATIONS. OK, I know this is how it's done now a days, and believe me... I 100% get it, however applying to an insane amount of a jobs and not even getting a courtesy email back letting me know they have gone in a different direction is discouraging! (I can understand why they don't send out these emails, as they probably get hundreds if not thousands of applications but really, it kind of hurts my feelings to be continuously ignored!

Since I have been home, I have gotten to do a lot of things I didn't think I'd have time to do (or ever get time off to do!): I have spent all the holidays with my family, which I loooooooooooooove getting to see them more; I traveled back to see friends for my 30th birthday; I've almost completed my scrapbook from my trip to Newfoundland over Christmas; We drove to Labrador City (OK, if you don't know where that it, you should look it up... 8 hours on a twisty, curvy dirt road... WHAAAT!?!?!); I have spring cleaned the heck outta this place; I am holding my first ever garage sale on Saturday (with all proceeds going to my boyfriend's Ride to Conquer Cancer in less than 3 weeks)... it has been good... but now I am getting anxious.

Anxiety hits at the worst times, right? Like when you lay down in bed... or jump in a bubble bath or hot shower... Our lives here are still in turmoil... so we don't know when my boyfriend's contract is going to be up... could be in 2 months, could be a year.... depends on when they get the work done (and I guess that changes like every day!)

I have been looking into Volunteer opportunities to try to get out of the house, but alas just like with job applications - you don't hear anything back!

Have you been unemployed? How have you handled the slump? Any encouraging thoughts are welcome!


  1. I was unemployed for 3ish months last summer, so I know where you're coming from! I know it's tough to find a volunteer gig- try Habitat for Humanity or follow local organizations on Twitter! It was really helpful knowing that I had to get out of the house on certain days, and it made job hunting much easier. Just getting out there helped, gave me more confidence and I landed quite a few interviews. Things will fall into place!

    1. Thank you so much for the tips! I will definitely check out Habitat for Humanity, such a great idea :-) thank you!