Now, dear reader, this post will not offer any advice on how to avoid unemployment or how to be successful at finding a new job because lord knows I am no expert on those things (meanwhile, if you want to know how to style coloured stockings that is something I can offer advice on) it is merely a reflection on my current state of joblessness.
Earlier this year I took the risk of leaving my unfulfilling yet permanent day job for a three-month contract in the Australian Public Service. And while I doubled my income, which allowed me to buy lots of lovely things, at the end of the three months I have found myself without a job and on the hunt for another one.
Now, I must admit that I am not completely destitute, my casual job is keeping me going and in a rare moment of financial sensibility I did save some money just for such an occasion, but I have suddenly found myself not earning enough money to pay my mortgage, laybys or credit card.
As someone who often gets a little too emotionally involved in their work, leaving a job has always been difficult for me. Since starting this magazine it has become easier and this time as I approached unemployment, despite my very great concern for my financial situation, I found myself becoming quite excited at the possibility of having more time to focus on Leiden and my personal wellbeing.
So rather than sit around feeling sorry for myself I put together a list of all the things I wanted to achieve during this time and a structure for each day. You can probably tell I’m a bit of a Type A. I’ve been slowly chipping away at my unemployment goals.
- Applying for New Jobs – I am attempting to apply for a new job every day. I haven’t been living up to my goal yet which has been getting me down a bit, but I am trying.
- Exercise – I have barely exercised since I started Leiden as I have spent every spare moment I’m not at my day job working on the publication. This was all well and good until I now can’t fit into a few of my clothes. Seeing as I have paid quite a lot of money for them, not being able to fit into them is no longer an option. We all know that ‘exercise gives you endorphins and that endorphins make you happy’ and I have certainly found that working out has helped to keen me from too despondent at my situation.
- Leiden – It is my dream to one day work on this publication full time and I want to use this time to give me a taste of what that might be like. I also desperately need to catch up on everything I want to do and achieve with the publication. I often feel guilty that I haven’t been able to do all that I wish I could and I worry that I let people down so I am hoping I can use some of this time to get back on track.
I must say that so far I have rather enjoyed my first week of unemployment, which I am not sure is a good thing. I can’t say how I will feel next week, or two weeks from now as my savings start to dwindle, but for the moment I feel optimistic. After all there is nothing like change to make you re-evaluate your life and what is important to you.