Time for Change

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Time for Change
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Wed, 02-22-2012 - 12:25pm

We found out that our office area is being moved out of state, which leaves each of us with a decision to go or not go.

#Marie

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 12:44pm

I am glad you are looking at it as an opportunity. That is the only way to go in this situation.

I think you should just get another job. If you go freelance you could not do it half way(I Know you!) and would end up working crazy hours to get it started ect.

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 1:54pm
Thanks, Karen. This job was supposed to tide me over when I moved in with DH four years ago, and it did just that. I agreed with DH on a plan to start looking for something this spring anyway, so this just makes that plan more of a reality.
I just want to really do something I love and don't want to worry about the number of 0s and commas in the paycheck line as I truly believe if you do what you love, the financial rewards will come.
Weird place, but a huge opportunity as well.!
-Marie
#Marie
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Registered: 10-01-2008
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 2:47pm

This is one of those awkward moments.

Norma


"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble"- Plautus


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Registered: 10-01-2009
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 9:35pm

Hi Marie-

Wow...I really hope they provide you with an excellent severance package and outplacement vocational counselling.

Im really glad that you can depend on your hubby for a bit.

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Registered: 05-14-2003
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 9:43pm
I agree with stopping to smell the flowers (you deserve it!) but I think financial planning is a special gift you possess that could help so many! There will never be a shortage of financially foolish people like myself who need help. No matter what the income level or even whether debt exists for someone, one can never be too informed, too prepared, or receive too much help with personal finance, and it is hard to find someone to trust who speaks in a way that hits home. This is such a gap in our culture. For as bad off as I am, my own parents are a million times worse off and look to me as a good example. I often wonder if you took a survey of people walking around in your own community,how well does the average person do with handling their personal finances? And how did they learn to do it? In the in age of technology, how do those who aren't tech savvy do it? Or those with little time? It is daunting. And all such a secret. You always have such great, calm, unemotional insight. Just my two cents! I am certain you will do well whatever your choice!
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Registered: 08-25-2006
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 12:51pm

No real advice here, as I am in a dead end job and going to school at age 43.

Serenity
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Registered: 12-31-2010
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 1:47pm
Thanks Duke, and all,

Oh, I got a severence that was much better than expected, so I am good there. I also got vocational counseling and have appointments set up for next week.

I spent a couple hours with my parents yesterday, after going to the gym, which took place after my SECOND phone interview for another position.

I will go to the career counseling as I want to really work on finding work I would love to do and would use my skills to my best advantage.

As for a budget, I always to an annual budget by month, and we will be 100% fine through July, then I it looks like a $1000 a month shortfall - I could make that if I continue to teach. Unemployment will kick in after severance and I am entitled to a anywhere between 72 and 99 weeks? (WHAT??)
Of course this means I am putting NOTHING into retirement funds for myself during this time, but DH is keeping his 10% allocation plus match.

Questions: should I take some real time off, or hustle to find a job ASAP?

-Marie

#Marie
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Registered: 12-31-2010
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 1:54pm
dd and serenity -
Thanks for your kind words. I am really happy right now - oh, Wednesday I had a heck of a pitty party - chocolate, wine were involved!! But DH made me tell him 5 good things and got me out of my funk in short order when he got home.
I am excited to do some exploration and I will keep you all posted.

-Marie
#Marie
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Registered: 08-25-2006
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 4:39pm
Unless I am mixing you up with someone else, weren't you trying to decide whether or not to keep teaching at night? If so, do you think if you are not working all day, that job may become more enjoyable and be enough to get you by?

I have a feeling that you are not one to sit on the porch and knit, so although I don't think there is anything wrong with taking a break, I don't think it would take long for you to go stir crazy.

Since I started school 2 years ago, I am now a little lost during the summer now. Working 3 days a week and having a home business apparently isn't enough!

I think the answer to your question might be in the middle. Sure, keep looking for a job, but since you have some flexibility you can wait for the RIGHT job.

Serenity
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Registered: 07-06-2003
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 9:46pm

Hey Marie,

Kassandra

"It is said that life has its peaks and valleys.  The challenge is to accept them equally and experience them

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