According to this Women’s Day article, there are 13 signs that a woman may be experiencing a mid-life crisis. While I think only about half of them apply to me, I truly do think I am experiencing a mid-life crisis. And I have no idea what the end result will be!
What Led to My Mid-Life Crisis?
These last 5 years have been really hard for me. Like never letting up hard. Here’s a quick timeline of what comes to mind:
- Aug, 2013 – lost first large client and second highest playing client. Looked at it as a blessing in disguise at the time as I was about to finalize the twins adoption and felt it would free up some time I needed to spend with them.
- Aug, 2014 – confrontation with my dad about our housing and subsequent move to 900 square foot apartment.
- Oct, 2015 – lost substantial client, the backbone of my business. Failed to recover by re-growing business or getting corporate job.
- Apr, 2016 – move from apartment to camper after continued failure to re-coup earning power.
- Dec, 2016 – loss of camper housing and unexpected and bumpy move to GA. Major upheaval for the kids, leaving History Buff in VA.
- Nov, 2017 – threat of new job loss by crummy employer.
- Feb, 2018 – job loss and fight to gain unemployment benefits (still fighting for that.)
And here we are! I’m SO tired of job searching. I do not understand why it is so hard. They say apply online, my credentials match, my resume is awesome (thanks, Faye!) but nothing happens.
Thus, my mid-life crisis mindset.
What To Do
I have to figure out something. My savings will not last forever. Unemployment is still up in the air.
This past week, I applied for a part time position at the local Home Depot, actually several positions. I knew it wouldn’t pay much, but it would be something. And something is better than nothing, right? I had my interview yesterday (Monday.)
Hopefully, I’ll hear something by the end of the week or early next week. I would make $10 per hour and be scheduled anywhere between 10-28 hours per week. Best of all, they will work around the kids’ activity schedule.
I am actually really excited about the possibility. It will be great to get out of the house, make some money, meet some locals and I hear nothing but good things about working for Home Depot.
I am going to relaunch my EPOH.com website in the next week or so and focus on gaining some local business. I’m debating joining the local Chamber of Commerce for networking purposes as well as placing an ad in the local paper. It’s just a really small market. But I’m hopeful a couple of people might could use me.
I am really glad to live in a place where the cost of living is really low. With just a few stable clients, I can pay for the basic necessities. I would love some feedback. Has anyone else just completely wanted to throw in the towel and do something completely different, ie computer nerd to garden center sales associate?