This week has been interesting to say the least.
Actually each week since the layoff could be termed “interesting” actually.
We continue on with the never ending job hunt.
The biggest problem we really see at this point is that Daryl is Senior level management. Creative/marketing/programming Director.
What in the world does that mean?
Basically that he is not going to be looked at for anything less than that…mainly they will not hire him for a job even paying any less because he is just “over qualified”…ugh. Seriously? That is so annoying.
Want to know why so many people stay laid off for months and even years at a time?
Because their area of expertise and level of qualification just do not match what their towns needs maybe.
Add in that this time of year everyone who was laid off right before the end of the year (which believe me…that is the time of year half of lay-offs happen) is also looking for a job in the same location. You get a saturated market. It’s a perfect storm.
We seriously have friends that have been laid off well over a year.
We will sink if that were us. Like a rock.
What is a family to do?
You have a few options. Keep on searching in your town OR….
Become a Nomad.
Most can’t always do this. They may have aging parents, family obligations, custody issues, etc….but us?
We have each other. I am already far far from my orginal hometown in Ohio.
I suppose I was born to be a nomad of sorts.
Daryl has some family we love dearly here but really we know that we have to pay the bills.
Not having a j.o.b.. just isn’t an option!
This week we opened it up to the world wide job market. ”Where will we land?” Quickly became the question of the week…
So far the map of possibility is looking something like this:
Each star representing a contact from a job hunter, upcoming phone interview or application submitted.
Raleigh... (a tech hot spot) have several on that list. Cary is beautiful…the weather mild…within the realm of a “day trip” back to Richmond. Always good!
The tech world in CA… I am not even sure how we would afford but at the end of the day we will make it work as long as there is a paycheck coming in.
Orlando…heck ya “happiest place on earth”…right? What’s not to love? No snow…fantastic.
San Antonio...the average temp for Winter seems to fall between mid-50′s to the 80′s…uhmm ya I can handle that! I HATE cold. HATE. Big word but I do.
Nashville…Love me some Mt.’s and the fact that some of my favorite friends live there. Gives it bonus points. Add in the time it would take to get back to Springboro (my old hometown in Ohio) and it gets some good points…oh and the music. Mccuiston’s LOVE music
Richmond…Oh Richmond. Sweet home RVA. We love you. We love our life here…our friends…the climate..the everything. Well except for the “no job” part. Right now it just seem tapped out. Daryl may have a contract starting at Capitol One for three months! We find out next week. If he gets it…that buys us time to find a forever job.
What’s a girl to do?
Me? I do what any smart mama would do. I am starting to “pack” with the knowledge that if he gets something it could happen at any time.
Chances are if it is out of state he will need to leave well before the rest of us…and won’t be able to help with packing and the family transfer.
I could pretend that he is going to find something here but what if the above scenario were to play out…say next week?
The more I get some major “Spring Cleaning” done now while he is still here…the better.
Have you ever moved with a baby in the house? I have…can you say “nightmare”.
We have been in this house 9 years! 6 people in this house…9 years! That is a whole lot of crap.
Time to do the great clean out of 2013.
If we don’t end up having to leave Richmond I will at the very least have a very organized house.
My real thoughts on leaving a town I have loved for 20 years?
Sad. It makes me very sad. The people here are good. They make this town. They are creative and unquie.
There is history and a simplicity here I love.
But I loved Ohio too. The people where good. They made the town great. They were creative and unique as well.
They had history and a simplicity I loved as well.
This is what Dayton and Richmond have taught me in life…
Home and happiness are right where you are.
You make you “happy”…you find it right where you fall in life.
I still have friends from every place I have ever lived. I feel like a “collector” of friends most days.
I have never met a stranger. For real.
I simply “fall in” where ever I am. Maybe it was going into 3 different schools in 3 years during those middle/high school years?
Maybe it was the knowledge that good people are everywhere.
As I told the kids.
When and “if” we have to leave Richmond there will be lots of tears, anxiety, a sence of adventure and a chance to see the country they may never have again.
I explained that it isn’t about what kindof a house you live in…
Or what “side of town”….
What you drive…
Or even what school you go to…even if you homeschool.
At the end of the day you will always find happiness if you learn to be happy with what you have, where you are….
That is this weeks take on things…it could all change next week.
That is how being laid off goes you know.
One day…one week at a time.
It is a “keep you on your toes” type of situation.
We are hanging in there though. For that I am thankful.
Life really is good…most days