Not getting your hopes up but not getting burned out

Mondays are tough for me right now.  The weekends give me a little bit of fun time to forget that I’m making my way into dire straights.  The funds I have saved are now just about entirely gone and still no hint of a job.

Last week a family friend claimed to have the answer to my prayers.  He knew of a part time admin job that he said I should be a shoe in for.  I am positive he had the best of intentions and that he believed he could help get me the job, but a week later and no emails or calls and I have to say I’ve definitely lost a bit of faith.

Its easy to look at everything and become down trodden.  I keep seeing openings that I think I’d be perfect for.  Or sometimes my emotions get the best of me and I get angry when I see someone who is not happy in their job or not good at it.  I have to hold back the woe is me feeling.  Its not right to begrudge someone else their job just because I still haven’t found one.  I need to channel those feelings into something more positive.  Volunteering is a perfect place to cool down and get some perspective.

But its Monday again, back to the applications.  I am finding the balance between not getting too far down and not thinking that everything which comes along is going to work out immediately.

The good news is I applied for a couple of jobs at the SPCA before I started volunteering there and when I asked about it this weekend they said they didn’t think any interviews had been scheduled yet.  So there is a little more hope in he jar for this week.

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What To Do When You’re Out Of Work

Things have been a little tumultuous here, sorry for the GIANT gap in blogging.

I left my job as a nanny to move about 3 hours south with my boyfriend so we could be closer to his 6 year old daughter.  We had planned the moved for a long time and I was saving what I could cause we all know moving is expensive.

I have been here about a month and even though I started applying for jobs before I left, nothing has come up.  I have had a couple interviews and have been applying for anything under the sun I could see myself doing.  Fast food, grocery stores, schools, day cares, admin jobs, big box stores, dog walking, animal shelter positions, pop-up Halloween stores, bars and restaurants, breweries, you name it.  So far nothing has stuck.

I am getting stir crazy.  I spend all day with a pup who is having separation anxiety and very little people to people contact.  Money is also getting short.

Heres what I am doing to try and stay sane:

Selling Stuff Online

Right after we got Nellie (our amazing pup) someone introduced us to Offer Up to get her a dog crate without spending $100.  Offer Up is very similar to Craigslist except it is much more photo focused.  You can search for an item and you see pictures of everything.  When you’re interested you select the picture to see sizes, price, condition, etc.  We got a perfect dog crate for Nellie for only $25!  It was a great win.

Now before we moved I tried to pare things down as much as possible, but we all know there is always more STUFF.  I have been taking pictures of clothes, shoes, a coffee table set we don’t use much, little knick-nacks, old purses.  Everything I even hesitate on keeping I list.  If I change my mind or am not offered with as much as I would need to part with it I don’t have to sell it.  I can take them down or change the pricing at anytime.

I haven’t made a ton of money but every $10 bill helps big time when money is short.

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OfferUp is in the Appstore for iOS

Get out of the house!

Everyday I make an effort to get out of the house at least twice.  Aside from taking the pup out for her regular walks I try to take her to the park or the beach once a day.  Having her is a great conversation starter and allows me to interact with other adult humans.  Most places that you are allowed to take a dog are usually free too!

I am also trying to work with the dog to lower her anxiety when we leave.  I leave the house in varying amounts of time always trying to be back in the apartment before she starts to get worried.  My only trouble is trying to find something free to do when I leave.  At first I had been sitting in the stairwell with my computer applying to jobs or watching Netflix on our wifi but the pup has gotten smarter.  Now she watches through the window to make sure I have actually gotten in my car and left.  Sometimes I go to the library or drop off applications at different places.  I have been making every effort not to succumb to the Starbucks all over the place.  🙂

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Set a schedule

Each day I have a schedule.  It rotates around what has to be done that day but I make a list in my planner and stick to it.  Usually it looks like this:

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Keeping some semblance of a normal schedule helps me feel normal.  The second week I started to feel very… Blah… I felt like I wasn’t accomplishing anything, no matter how much cooking, cleaning and laundry I did.  (Note to self I could never be a stay at home mom/wife.  I respect them immensely.)

To get a Passion Planner which I highly recommend or use it for free if you’re short on cash right now you can visit their site.

Get in shape

Our new apartment has a gym that I was originally super excited to use but I found that taking a good long walk with Nellie is better for me mentally with the added physical benefits.  However you choose to get your exercise though make sure you do!  Use the resources around you.  If you don’t have a free gym in your building check out local community rec centers or go for a long walk.  Explore your new neighborhood or find the things you’ve always walked right by and have taken for granted for years.  Either one will get you into a new headspace and refresh your brain while keeping you active.

Cancel old subscriptions and emails

When else are you going to have time to do this?!?!  It certainly isn’t glamorous but it has the added benefit of not being bombarded by all the sales on things you want when you have zero money.

Take on a project

Even better if it is a paid project.  Be sure not to take on anything that is going to cost you to!  Right now I am cataloging and copying old pictures for the family I nannied for in Arlington.  I took pictures of the kids almost everyday and while most of them are of nothing special it really shows how much they grew and is a great look back on all the little things that made our time together so special.

Let your weekends be weekends

This goes along with setting a schedule.  Like anyone who is over scheduled if you are trying to do too much you’re going to burn out.  Take a break from the job hunting.  If you are doing it as much as I am you need a break!  You deserve a break.  Get out in the sunshine, grab a beer at a local dog friendly brewery (my new favorite way to treat myself), get out and talk to people.  Who knows you might meet someone who has a lead on the perfect job while you’re out socializing.  But don’t let that be your motivation.  If its rainy rent a movie from the library or rent a whole bunch and have a marathon, play board games or cards, just get your mind off the job search for a bit.