Monday, January 25, 2016

A Day in the Life...

...of an unemployed person.

I'm sure many of my readers have been unemployed at one point or another in their lives. For me, it's a weird thing. I've been working since I was 15 years old. My 15th birthday was spent mucking stalls and feeding horses.

I've also worked in a fast food restaurant, with horses again, a large retail store, mall customer service desk, a smaller retail store, banks, offices, etc until I got to this job.

Except for a very brief stunt as a real estate agent, where I basically was a poor stay-at-home-wife, I've not been without a job since I could legally work.

So this time period in my life is...weird. I'm not used to being at loose ends for days at time. But I figured I'd chronicle that time so I can look back and think "Ah, memories. Remember when I had free time?" Because this, too, shall pass.

Most mornings I start with these boys:

 I still like to run early in the AM because it's routine, and the roads aren't as busy then.

Then after a quick shower, breakfast, and getting Emily to preschool, I settle in with my coffee at my computer to do some job hunting, check my email, read blogs, facebook, etc.

Then, I get off my duff and do some laundry and maybe a little cleaning. Today it was dusting.

I try to fit in some pilates at some point of the day. Gotta get that strength work in! 

At lunchtime, I usually spend some time with my Bible. Little known fact to most, but I'm doing a "read through the Bible in one year" challenge with a group on Facebook. So far, it's going well.

After lunch, I enjoy quality time with my foam roller. I'm also watching "Making a Murderer" on Netflix. Because all the cool kids are doing it. 

If I have any extra time before preschool pick up, I get some more reading in. My book club is reading I'll Find You by Nancy Bush. Not my typical read, but so far it's pretty interesting.

Then I get to spend the rest of my afternoon with this little girl! Actually, today was out of the norm because she's not feeling good. I got a call from preschool around 11 that she was running a 103 degree fever. But she wolfed her lunch down and took a 3 hour nap this afternoon so I'm hoping she'll be back to normal in no time!

So, that's what a typical day looks like for me right now. I'm trying my best to be productive and positive, despite my deep yearning to lay on the couch all day and eat bonbons. As nice as that sounds, it doesn't sound like it'll get me a new job or help me in any way. 

What does a typical day look like for you? Are you pro-bonbons?


  1. Aw, I'm so sorry! Unemployment sucks. At least you're making the most of it and staying away from the bonbons.

  2. You do a great job being productive during the day. That's something I would really struggle with. I hope you are able to find a new job soon, or are able to get into grad school!

  3. Thanks for sharing a peek into your day! I know it isn't an easy time for you, but it looks like you are doing all the right things! I'll keep praying that God shows you the direction he has for you soon.

    PS - Interested to hear your thoughts on Making a Murderer when you finish. And, any chance the FB group that is reading through the Bible is open to the public? This is about the time of year I start to struggle!