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#1 knightfan26917


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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:02 AM

I haven't posted in a while because I had been back to work full-time & just didn't have the time to "keep up", get enough rest/sleep, remain in Cardiac Rehab, among other responsibilities. But, now, as of 02/23/2012, less than 3 weeks after returning to full-time work after my 11/11/2011 open heart surgery, I find myself ... unemployed.

To say I'm stunned/numb is just the tip of the iceberg. I've already started the process of "scaling back" financially (including dropping some sponsorships & donations), have applied for unemployment, & started the process of looking for a new job. The last time this happened (April 2005, due to the Sears/Kmart merger), I wasn't anxious because I received a severance package. This time, though, no such severance package and a few more expenses, mainly medical bills.

But, it's not all bad, with increased "Nephew Time", the ability to do Cardiac Rehab 3 times a week for the full 60 minutes (as opposed to Cardiac Rehab 2 times a week for 30-40 minutes only), finishing the process of going through my rooms (sorting through files, re-arranging things, determining what I don't need/want anymore, etc.), &, of course, writing (posting a new round of writings in another topic). While road trips are on indefinite hold, I am thinking of making a weekend-style trip or 2, just to clear my head & relax a bit. We'll see if I can "justify" that expense.

I've NO idea what the future has in store, financially, career-wise, road trips, etc., but I'm doing my best to maintain a positive attitude and look forward to whatever comes my way now, even with having to determine if more heart issues have developed for me. I still may not post much, but I will check in when I can.

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#2 Keep the Show on the Road!

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:51 PM


Sometimes we just can't catch a break. You impress me as someone who has the moxie to make it, despite the obstacles, and tenacity is two thirds of success. It is hard to keep a good man down.

It is none of my business, but if I had to look for work, beyond the obvious places like friends, former employers, Worksoure, the computer, and want ads, I would visit my local Community College, assuming there is one nearby, and drop into their career center. They should know the resources available and they should provide a network of people who can assist. I take it that you are in your 30's or 40's and they should be well attuned to your age group. You won't have to be a student, and they should have some job counselors who truly will be anxious to give you some assistance.

Its all an adventure.....and all there is to fear is fear itself.


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Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:09 PM

Obviously that's a real kick in the head but just as obviously you're not allowing it to completely ruin your view of the world Recognizing the value of "nephew time" shows that.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:17 AM


Thank you, Dave and Denny ... I sure appreciate the support! Dave, I've already started taking advantage of the local community college ... sure has been helpful in making connections, etc. And, Denny, trying hard not to let it ruin things for me ... and the "nephew time" has been awesome...something I wouldn't have experienced if I still had a job right now....

Anyway, I'm sorry I haven't visited here lately, but it has been a hectic few weeks...
...job hunting/applying
...COBRA/continued health insurance
...transferring 401k into IRA
...projects I want to do
...tasks I have to do
...continuing my 36 sessions of Cardiac Rehab
...considering a "mini road trip"....

I've also attended a few workshops at our local library, including small businesses/non-profits & job search techniques/processes. I plan to attend a few more workshops, including a networking group.

Luckily, unemployment was authorized, but it'd be nice to be employed. I'm still in a daze & frustrated by recent events, particularly going from 4 straight years of stellar reviews to no longer having a job. I have a variety of experience as a CSR, Help Desk Specialist & Web Content Associate. I also have experience/training in radio, writing, editing, file organization, event creation/hosting. So, I'd love to get into radio or writing or marketing/advertising.

Meantime ... I've had some AWESOME "nephew time".

03/02/2012 [the anniversary of the Faith (Batavia IL) COB 1998 church sanctuary fire for which I was the Building Committee Chair], I took my nephew to the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center in the morning; we watched CARS in the afternoon.

03/09/2012, I took him to the HHNC & a fire station in the morning; we watched CARS 2 in the afternoon. PICS of this adventure:

As time allows, I hope to post a bit more in the coming weeks....

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