So last week was my first full week of unemployment and I had my ups and downs emotionally speaking.
On Monday, I picked up my separation paperwork from my employer and went to the Department of Labor. I remember going there when I first moved into this area a little over fifteen years ago but at the time I was a high school graduate trying to find my first job to help pay for college tuition and books.
I was a tiny bit nervous because I had no idea what to expect. I think the nice woman at the welcome desk could tell I had no idea what I was doing so she quickly walked me through the process and sent me on to the next line.
Once my turn came around I was given a booklet that told me all about unemployment insurance (Still have to finish that stimulating read.), given some paperwork to fill out and sent to a room where I was to watch a seven minute video about filing for Unemployment and all the different things I was expected to do on a weekly basis.
After the video, I was sent to a computer to start the claim process. I actually finished in record time compared to most of the other people in the room. I think that’s mostly because I’m used to using computers and their quirks and foibles. It seems most of the people there with me had a few issues with their computers and I was asked a few times by my neighbors how to get around on the site.
Tuesday, I went to a prayer meeting at my church and then went to my local Starbucks to use their wi-fi and apply to some positions as well as work on a couple of volunteer projects.
Wednesday, I went to a meeting at my bank to plan on what to do with my 401K from my former employer then went back to Starbucks for a few hours. Later that evening, I went to church for mid-week services.
Thursday, I made the mistake of staying at home all day. That is when depression started to kick in. I started berating myself for leaving my job and not applying for another position there. I got upset because I was starting to think I had to be a fool for letting myself get into this situation. I also couldn’t understand why God would be putting me through this. I mean didn’t He know I should’ve had a job before my last day at work!
Then I had to have a come to Jesus meeting that night. I had to remind myself of all the things God had done for me in the past and how he hasn’t failed me yet. He also sent one of my best friends along to make sure I got out of the house on Friday.
Friday, I spent the day helping one of my besties shop for a vacation she was about to go on in a few days. We went to almost every Wal-Mart in the Augusta/Evans area, Target, Bath and Body Works, Brusters Ice Cream, and we also got some lovely pedicures! Then that night, we met up with a few of my other besties and saw the glorious Chris Evans in Captain America 2: the Winter Soldier.
Saturday, I again stayed home but this time I just reveled in the fact that I wasn’t at work on a Saturday.
So that is a summation of my week. Like I said some ups and downs but I’m determined to keep my focus strong. I maybe unemployed but my rent is paid, I have plenty of food, gas in my car, good friends, and a great God!
God Bless you my dear Readers!