:::: MENU ::::

Posts tagged with: job search

Am I have a Mid-Life Crisis?


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.

Other Work

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?

Hope’s February, 2018 Debt Update


It seems like a lifetime ago that I did my last debt update, but it was just two months ago.

Debt Balances as of Feb. 26


(as of 10/14/17)
Min. Payment
Credit Card$5,01417.00%$36
Summer Camp (2018)$1,4310.00%$0
Student Loans$34,0732.88%$307
Taxes (State)$5,8000.00%Re-negotiating
Self Lender$67910.57%$97
Collections 1 (Medical)$186$0
Collections 2 (Apartment)$499$0
Collections 3 (Ex-husband)$5,8216.25%$246
Computer Equipment$022.90%$0
There does not seem to be much needs explaining. I am only paying the minimum due on each debt right as I job hunt.  The tax debt is being renegotiated because the state’s number were evidently based on the federal tax returns that were returned saying I owed $18,000 but have since been corrected.  (Issue was the result of my adopted sons’ last name change.)

Cash on Hand

As of today, I am down to my last $200 in my everyday account. I have not received my final paycheck and have not heard whether my unemployment benefits have been approved. The local career center for the Georgia Department of Labor representative told me to call back tomorrow. It sounds like my employee is continuing to dispute my claim. No words!

They are also still holding my 401K hostage with their approval process. It’s been two weeks since I requested the move. I made another phone call to Voya today, and they said since I had already called the employer, they would prompt the account manager. I don’t know what good it will do, but my hands seem to be tied.

Next Steps

Needless to say, I’m applying like a crazy person.  I think last count I have applied for over 153 jobs through LinkedIn and have now added Indeed, Guru and several other job sites to my daily hunt. Do you have any other suggestions of places to look?

I will begin drawing from my savings at the end of this week if nothing else comes through.  This makes me so sad, but also so grateful. But mostly mad!