Keeping Busy

I am now officially unemployed. My last day of work was Friday and I’m not sure if it has really sunk in quite yet. You see, I had worked for the same company for almost 10 years, when last October, I was told my position was being moved to Toronto. I was asked to move to Toronto with it, but, I choose to stay in the city that I call home.

After almost a decade of working for the same company, losing my job has been difficult.  As much as I dream of being independently wealthy and never having to work again, the truth is, I’m the kind of person that needs to work.

Given that I prefer to be employed, obviously my first priority is to find a new job. Easier said than done! But, I do have great work experience, a fabulous resume and a career counselor for the next three months to help me out.

I’ve never been in this situation before and everyone I talk to has advice on what I should do. I’ve taken it all in, but I think the best thing I can do is keep myself as busy as possible. So far my plan has worked and staying busy has helped me to remain somewhat upbeat. Here’s what I’ve done so far this week:

  • Filed for unemployment online
  • Completed a daily online search for new jobs
  • Applied to a few interesting job postings
  • Consolidated all my banking to save money and opened a new no fee bank account
  • Continued my daily gym workouts
  • Made a healthy dinner every night
  • Had new passport pictures taken and filled out all my passport forms (even though I’m clearly not traveling with no money)
  • Helped my husband with his resume
  • Entered all my volunteer meeting times into a new calendar
  • Wrote this blog post!

I’ve done a lot right! My only worry is that eventually I will run out of things to do before I actually find a job. I’m off to the passport office today with one of my bff’s, but if you have any ideas for future ways to occupy my time, let me know!

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7 Responses to Keeping Busy

  1. Well you already know what I think about the first part of this post :(

    To keep busy here are a few ideas:
    1. Come clean my condo
    2. Rearrange my closets
    3. Do my laundry
    4. Make my family a healthy meal every night

    And the list goes on…

    Kidding aside I admire your persistance in keeping busy. If it were me I’d probably still be in my bed from the first day I heard the news.

    What about a new hobby that is cost effective? Scrapbooking – you can get all the tools now at the dollar store?

    • Kim Forgetta says:

      haha! I have thought of opening my own cleaning/organization company. Oh my gosh! I just came up with the best idea! I’ll start a company that caters to single men. I’ll clean and organization their house, write a nice love poem to the girl they are trying to woo and select a nice bottle of wine with cheese and chocolate to accompany it. It’s like all my talents and interests mixed together. Wait…not that I’m interested in single men…oh this is the going wrong way now.

      • OMG…obviously great minds think alike because just yesterday I said “I’m going to open a service for divorced, single men. I will do their cooking, cleaning, ironing etc. so that they have more time for dating!”

  2. @julesgoolia says:

    Yes!!! You can scope out the single men for ME!

    I’m with Kelly. You seem to be doing much better than I would be in the situation. I’d probably be vegging in front of the TV all day.

    If you’ve looking for more volunteer opps, check out the listing on Pillar. http://www.pillarv.com/index.php?rp=sch

    No joke – I’d be all over the Scrabble Club one if I didn’t have to work during the day! LOL.

  3. andro51 says:

    Well from what I have read so far you have certainly covered all your bases and with a positive outlook such as yours surely is I can see you returning to full time employment rather swiftly, of course in the meantime you have a world of blogging to create, and with some wickedly fine optimism and foresight I think that all of your expectations will be delivered… Good luck to you in your quest Kim…

    Androgoth

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