Thursday, June 6, 2013

Truth: Experiencing Hard Times and Being Thankful

So the prompt for this one was -

What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?

For me, being laid off wins.

You see, I moved 1200 miles from where I lived right after college graduation. That's tough and even toughter since I did it at the beginning of the bad job market around July 2008. After looking and applying, going on interviews, etc I finally found a job making a good post college wage but, I was only able to keep it for SIX months.

I was 23, had just moved with my parents to the land of sunshine, but had absolutely no pull in the work field. I was unemployed for NINE long months before I finally found a full time job, willing to hire me. It would take me two more years of being in this dead end job, barely making above minimum wage before I tried again and found something that I can see myself doing for the next ____ so many years.

It wasn't like I didn't have work or something to do during those nine months, I just didn't have something permanent. Luckily during that time I had found the Twilight fandom and was spending a lot of my time writing and doing graphics. Something to keep me busy and productive instead of just being lazy watching TV all day.

I did have a couple temp jobs for a month or so that helped me pay some of my bills and also took part time classes for web design while I was out of work since the art school I went to only offered ONE web design class. I took it, obviously but was also focusing on all my studio classes so I didn't get as much out of it as I did when I went back and focused on only web.

Off topic, oops.

Luckily I was financially able to handle this period of my life. I had yet to move out, so I did not have to support myself. This is probably one of the reasons I've been so hesitant to move out. At the time I was laid off I had been looking for an apartment and was so thankful I hadn't gotten very far in the process.

I also had just received my tax return and the company gave me an extra paycheck so I was set for at least a little while financially. Then when I started taking classes I was able to use the loan money to also offset my living expenses.

I know a lot people have experienced harder times than me, so I always feel incredibly blessed even when I think I'm having a hard time.

I took this photo on a walk this past week, palm trees always make me smile.

It took me a while to feel like my life was finally going somewhere after this setback, but I love where I'm at now. Of course it could be better, but I definitely believe I'm at exactly the right place in my life right now!

What are you thankful for today? What's been your hardest time?

Almost the weekend, so I'm linking up with Lisette and Catalyn for #JustBecause!

Just Because

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