It’s been a month since I lost my job, so I thought I’d check in and let you know what’s going on. Since I didn’t have any pretty “unemployment pictures,” I interspersed photos from the week, just to keep things light and optimistic.
In a nutshell, I’m doing just fine so far. I don’t have a job yet (more on that below), and frankly, I’ve been enjoying the time off. The last few
years months of my former job had been extremely stressful. When you’re in a position of trying to please a multitude of “bosses,” who, without merit, have a significant amount of influence over every move or decision that you make, it’s easy to get to the breaking point. Fortunately, I was fired before I got there.
I finally started receiving my unemployment checks (well, one so far), so while we have to tighten our belts a little, between that and what Alan makes there is money coming in. I earn a little revenue from writing sponsored content, social media sharing, and advertising, so that’s a bit of a buffer too.
What about a job?
Well, it’s complicated. Most employers aren’t hiring during the summertime in the desert where I live. A significant amount of the population leaves once the weather gets hot. Many people are laid off for the summer because there just isn’t any business. So I didn’t even have any expectations for finding work in personal training or fitness management until it get’s a little closer to fall.
That being said, I have applied for a few positions, and talked to a few people about work. I sent out a couple resumes last week for fitness director positions, so hopefully I’ll be hearing something soon.
Social Media Management? Real Estate?
Fitness is not my only option as far as employment goes. In fact, I’m not even sure if that’s where my future lies. I have a few irons in the fire, some of which I’m pretty excited about.
I am taking some of my experience with social media and attempting to turn it into, if not a full fledged career, at least a source of revenue. I’ve been doing research on social media management, and feel that not only is it an up and coming career option, but that I have the knowledge and experience to be successful at it. After my Blogfest experience, I feel inspired to specialize and work with personal trainers, small gyms, massage therapists, and other business related to the fitness industry. I have an appointment with my first potential client (aside from my husband’s race production company (follow him here please!)) on Wednesday!
To that end, I started a new blog, along with new Twitter and Facebook pages. The goal is to establish myself as an expert, and build a following in the social media field. A lot of you have followed along with me and this and I really appreciate your support. It’s a little scary stepping into a completely different field
at my age. And if you have any suggestions, either about the blog, the career (or to offer me a job), I appreciate any insight or ideas you may have.
As for the real estate, well let’s just say the books are there, waiting for me to study. I’m kind of embarrassed that, even with the extra time that I’ve had while I’ve not been been working, I have yet to crack a book, take a test, or move any farther forward. But, I still want to do this, I just need to settle myself down and do some studying. However it turns out, having a real estate license is a useful thing to have.
So What Are You Doing?
Almost every day has been amazingly full. I start most mornings with cross country practice, so my day still starts really early. It also means that I’ve been running a lot more that before, sometimes up to five days a week, which is a lot for me. So far that feels good. With school starting this week, our practice schedule will change a little, plus our competitions will start, so I’ll be on the road in a yellow school bus on most Saturdays for the next two months.
Managing two blogs takes a lot of my time! I’m posting once a week on the Media Fitness Coach, and two or three times a week here, so creating original content keeps me writing, researching, and editing a lot of the time. Plus I’m studying and reading as much information as I can about social media marketing, working on creating a new resume, brochure, and portfolio, and actively looking for jobs.
It’s not all about work though. Alan and I have been enjoying the extra time together. And my weekends have been especially full, between Big Bear, Huntington Beach, and Blogfest/IDEA World Fitness Convention.
I wouldn’t say that I have spent more time cooking than usual, but I have whipped up some yummy meals in the last week. I think it’s more a matter of inspiration than time. This week I made pizza, curry stuffed avocado, spaghetti (special request from Alan), and seasoned crusted tofu. Apparently I have burned through my cooking inspiration because tonight we’re having leftovers.
Even this weekend, though we stayed home, has been busy. I ran with the team on Saturday, and with Alan and our neighbor foreign exchange student on Sunday. We took the dogs in to Petco for their rabies vaccine. Which led to a flurry of doggy pictures of course.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that, while I’ve been enjoying the unplanned time off, I’ll be happy to get back to work, whether it is working as a personal trainer, fitness director, or social media manager (or some blend of all three).
Have you ever been (involuntarily) unemployed? Any tips?