So here’s when I find out that I’ve lost my job. I kept my composure fairly well while still at work, but pretty much lost it once I got home and immediately called my parents and boyfriend, Ryan.
I wasn’t worried about the money situation. I was thinking more like, “OH MY GOD I’M AN OVERWHELMING FAILURE.”
Once I got over the initial shock, though, I started thinking about this time off as an opportunity (see “Disclaimer” above).
I’m naturally optimistic, but I am still surprised at how quickly my mindset shifted toward coming up with my new plans.
On this first day of unemployment, here’s what I accomplished:
-Signed up for unemployment benefits online.
-Went to the tiny “downtown” area of Bedford, Ohio, and explored some of the shops that I’ve always noticed, but never entered. I got a coffee at a cute family-owned cafe and went into this thrift store that smelt of old people. Also stopped by a taxidermy shop to “visit the animals,” which I think confused the shop owner. I apologized for not having a real need for his services.
-Drove around for some time and ended up at a pet shop where I visited the adoptable cats.
-Came home and created a color-coded flow chart of my major goals and ways in which I can achieve them.
-Drew out some ideas for jewelry that I want to create.
-Went to WalMart for some CFL bulbs and page protectors.
-Started a binder of magazine cutouts that I’ve been saving for inspiration.
Not too bad for a first day, I think..