The Day I Had an Emotional Breakdown

It happened on a gross muggy Monday night. I had just spent the whole day anxiously waiting a response for a job I had applied for in Dallas. I wanted that job sooo bad, I had even rearranged my schedule just before Easter weekend so I could go up for a last minute interview. This was my dream job, I thought. The big break I had been waiting for. The past week I had been constantly checking my email and phone hoping for a response from the company.This Monday was no different. The whole day had past and I heard nothing....more

The Forgotten Ones

It is never easy to lose a job. And sometimes it is even more difficult to find a new one, especially when you have been at it for months and in some cases, even years. Unfortunately, our economy has been very tumultuous and there are many people in this country who have just been forgotten. Not because they lack the skills or experience, but because they have been out of work a little bit too long. Their resumes get passed over quickly because people think, if someone hasn’t picked them up yet, there must be something wrong with them....more

Unemployed By Choice, Part Two

What do you do when the job you have taken has taken the life out of you? When the end of the road comes at a job before you have something new lined up, what's the next step? Do you stick it out or do you leave on your own terms? I had reached that crossroads. I had a decision to make. I knew that being in a job that compromised my integrity and held me back from achieving my true potential was not the place I wanted to be....more

Unemployed By Choice, Part One

Many people live in the fear of losing their job and not being able to find another one. The recent dismal unemployment numbers show that this fear is not unfounded. What if you don’t lose your job but leave by choice? This is the unemployed group that no one talks about. What happens when you find yourself in a soul-crushing job situation or one where your morals are being tested?...more

Long-term unemployed and sad tonight

Hello everyone.  I know I started this blog to talk about writing and professional sorts of things.  I named my blog after my book series after all! But tonight I hope everyone can give me the space to defer the talk about writing and work to speak from a different place in my heart. Tonight, I feel very much unwanted, a burden to life.  No, I'm not thinking anything extreme.  Just sad. ...more

Why I'm doing this

My first blog.  Wow, this is a heavy responsibility.  Although I don't really care if not a single person reads it.  It's for me.  it's a catharsis.  This one is definitely a stream of consciousness.  Maybe once I get this off my chest the rest will be better.  Why am I doing this?...more

Let me tell you how I really feel!

Let me tell you how I really feel (as if that’s a rarity).  I really feel like women with husbands, who have been out of work for an extended period of time, need to pony up. That’s right, I said it!...more

Riding a bike in traffic...

I started this entry a billion years ago, or so it seems. I had it open on my laptop, vowing to finish it THAT day, then the NEXT day, then the next… but there it sat. Eventually, it became a bit obsolete. What I planned on writing was: “Having a baby again after so many years has been just like riding a bike… except this time around it’s like riding a bike in traffic.” ...more

Put Your Best Foot Forward

I was suppose to receive a call end of last week or early this week to see if I would make it to a third interview with a company I've applied to. Since I have yet to receive this call, anxiety started to kick in today and I began to ask myself these questions:...more

Over Fifty and Out of Work multimedia project

OVER 50 AND OUT OF WORK is an ongoing multimedia project that documents the stories and the impact of the Great Recession on jobless Americans, 50 and older....more