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Being Jobless: A Bummer or A Blessing?

Updated on February 24, 2015

Organized Chaos?

You may be wondering, "Why is he asking this question?". Well, I've been jobless for almost a year and have very mixed feelings about this situation. On one hand, the insecurity and anxiety of living day to day without a job can be very stressful. But, the freedom of being able, within reason, to completely change my lifestyle is a challenge that excites me. There have definitely been good days and bad days but overall it's a tremendous opportunity to re-invent myself. I've been in the jewelry business for 20+ years, establishing and maintaining many great relationships over that time. People in the business have offered me several jobs but, my heart is screaming " time for a change". The possibilities are endless in this technological world we live in today. Nonetheless, every day of being jobless can be both a blessing and a bummer !

The Blessings

You would think that not having anything to do each day would drive a person insane. The beauty of waking each morning with no obligations is a godsend. No schedule. No appointments. No meetings. No commute. I determine how my time is spent. Of course, being a responsible human being, I am actively searching for employment or some sort of sustainable income. This mini sabbatical has taught me about what's important in my life. Its' not always about money, position or possessions. Independence and the ability to structure my time as I see fit is a revelation. Everyday is a new adventure. A blank canvas to create whatever life my heart desires. And,Hubpages has been a huge blessing. It lets me express in writing what I'm passionate about or just what's on my mind. Just having the ability to grow as a person in these troubled times is transforming. Being jobless , in a way, is a blessing!

It is what it is...

The Bummers

Living day to day, on a very limited budget in this economy is stressful enough. Add trying to find employment to the equation and you have chaos emotionally. Rifling hundreds of resumes out online and not getting any response is frustrating and truthfully scary. Spending hour upon hour scouring job boards for something that matches your skill set is exhausting. Some days I just want to pull my hair out! That's why the idea of a home-based business is so attractive. But going online and encountering all the scams is unbelievable. Is there any hope? Your mind, as powerful a tool that it is, plays excruciating games with your imagination. Just trying to stay in the present can be a huge chore. I'm glad for little distractions like exercising or writing to release my anxieties. Thank goodness every day isn't this stressful. Realization that good things are in your future brings closure. And you just move on. More resumes, more disappointment. It's never ending cycle. OH MY GOD!

If I don't count my blessings each morning, this could lead to insanity. But, this experience is eye opening and really makes me appreciate everything I've got going for me. Being jobless, if approached with the right attitude can be a blessing! Amen.........

How do you handle being unemployed?

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      Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      There are so many challenges in life that being jobless can be a relief. Time to re-invent yourself, find a new calling or career. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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      Ruchira 7 years ago from United States

      I understand the plight of being at home and jobless...been there!

      However, I fail to understand the mindset we humans have...we crave to do things "IF"/"When" we have time and then when we do get time (jobless, for instance) we start to get all panicky and sweaty..

      hang in there Jai Warren, something special is gonna come your way. Destiny has it's own way of showing us things!!

      Good luck!!

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      Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Thanks Tina, for the link. I agree, Katie is a great writer and internet marketer. Be very careful about "work from home" ads... make sure you read the TOS (terms of service) before you jump in. Personally, I made a commitment to NOT WORK FOR ANYONE ever again. And, the internet offers many opportunities for home-based businesses, writing being one of them. All the best, Ciao!!!

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      Jai, I am too out of work. I am 53 and its hard out there for someone my age to get a job. That is why I am here. I have a lot to learn.

      Katie has a great blog. You will find a lot of help there. Just go to her hub and click on her link for her blog. I have it bookmarked and when I get a little better about writing I am going to use her blog to get started.

      There are many free places to write for and make money. When you are ready join them.

      Here is a link I have and it has helped others. There you may find something to help make some extra money to hold you over.

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      Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Welcome lea86! Working online is very challenging and requires discipline and perseverance. But, once you've established the business, it's very rewarding. A true blessing!!! Thanks, Ciao.

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      lea86 7 years ago

      Hi, somehow I agree with katiem2, where she said that selling out our selve in the market, and following the schedule of a company in order to get a paycheck according to what we had perform is very exhausted, yet we have to love that job so we can doing it well. But being a jobless is indeed a blessing, especially when became a freelance writer online full time, we can actually earn more by our hard works and I believe that if we give our full commitment to it, we can live stable by just working online; from people's testimonies who are success doing online usually can earn higher as $30,000 per month, and that is really incredible.

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      Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      I'm honored that you've visited twice HPW. Everyday, I find new ways to enhance this lifestyle... it's great!

      All the best, Ciao.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      You are most welcome Jai. Think outside the box can be a real good thing in order to achieve more. Like this hub much.

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      Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Likewise, Katie, I was in a luxury industry, jewelry. We had just opened a retail store after doing business as a custom design/ manufacturer. Of course, the bottom fell out, and had no option but to close the store. Things happen for a reason. With the right attitude, and a bit of good fortune, we can re-invent ourselves. We should all thank our lucky stars... freelancing is hard work, but so gratifying. Thanks Katie, Ciao!!!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I hear you brother, I lost my business ohhh about three years ago now, I ran and co-owned a custom homes company that went belly up during the housing fall. I knew it was coming to an end and kept telling my partner we needed to bail. They would not hear of it, I did manage to steer the company to closing without bankruptcy and yet all the same was left without a job and having had been in that industry, working for myself, left me with what I found to be little job opportunities.

      The hardest thing was to face the available jobs with a fraction of the income and becoming a slave to a schedule to boot. I’ve been staying the course of freelance writer and the struggles you speak of I relate to completely. This I’ve learned, it’s far better to be at peace, free and open to options that just may lay in wait around the corner than to sell myself out to something or for something I feel no connection to just for a paycheck. Lastly, I’ve learned I spent a lot of money on a lot of things I did not nor do not need. I’m happy to have learned that lesson and look at each day differently and more effectively.

      Here’s to peace, freedom and the pursuit of happiness on our own terms!

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      Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Hi SF, welcome to HubPages! You'll really enjoy the HP experience. Trust me... Your right, we have to remember we're never alone, in good times and bad. The true blessing is every day gives us opportunity to discover a better life... Thanks SF, Ciao!

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      Surviving Florida 7 years ago

      Jai, I'm in the same boat as you. I feel a little guilty...a LOT guilty for admitting that at times like can be a blessing. I have to count my blessings each day as well. I owe so much to friends and family. Keep pushing on! I tell myself amongst the online scams AND outside scams. Sometimes it seems/feels like everyone is out for themselves. I have certainly become humble in the past couple of years. I do agree that thanks to exercise and writing and whatever other creative release I jump into has saved me from insanity.

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      Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      The real blessing, hubpageswriter, is not only making money, but helping people who need inspiration to change their lives and "think outside the box". You can be your own Boss! Thanks for the kind words my friend, Ciao!

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      Anything is possible. There are lots of people earning thousands by working from home and etc. Therefore being jobless can sometimes be a blessing.:) Very good hub here, if it means early retirement and being able to spend more time with the family, being self-employed can be such a good thing. Hub up, Jai.:)

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      Jai Warren 8 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Carolyn, the satisfaction of being self-employed is gratifying but your absolutely right, it's a lot of work! And, it requires a ton of discipline... Thanks, Ciao.

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      Carolyn Jung 8 years ago

      I couldn't agree more. Being unemployed is both exhilarating and scary. The former, because you feel like anything is possible now. The latter, because, as you so well said, you don't have a steady income. Now that I'm "semi-employed,'' it's crazy how busy I am. I think I work more NOW than when I was fully employed. All my unemployed and semi-employed friends agree. It's just that you now have to do everything yourself. You are your own marketing department, HR department, finance department,billing department, etc. It's a lot of work, but very satisfying, too.

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      Jai Warren 8 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Wavegirl Thanks for stopping by. I think if you stay positive and continue to try to find your ideal, things will happen.

      Lady E Thanks again. Life is full of surprises. Every day you have to hope an opportunity will surface. When you least expect it!

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      You are very right Jai. It could be a bummer or a blessing in disguise. My hope for you is that you are in the right place at the right time. In a twinkle of an eye, you could be in a place where a great opportunity is placed infront of you, which would be worth your while. Life is full of surprises.

      Also, a time like this is where a lot of Creative Ideas will come to your mind and you can "birth" them.

      May the New year bring positive things your way. Keep Networking.

      Best Wishes.

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      Shari 8 years ago from New York, NY

      Jai . .I too have been unemployed after working in the corporate world for so long .. and I must say that I have been enjoying every minute of my new lifestyle! No pressure no stress . ok so a limited budget.. that is a form of stress but I like this form better!!! And I like your positive take on it as well .. do positive things and positive things are sure to come our way!

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      gracenotes 8 years ago from North Texas

      Well, Jai. My financial situation is not the best right now either, but such is the case with many retirees like me. Finding even a part-time job in the field I've worked in for so long has proved to be difficult. Astounding. I hope things will look up for you soon and you'll find the job you seek.

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      Jai Warren 8 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      I'm doing my best. Thanks for your support. I always look forward to reading your Hubs.

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      Hillary 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Stay positive Jai. Hubpages is not only a great place to write your heart out, it's a great place to find inspiration, make new friends and who knows, even find the perfect job contact. Let people know about your talents and what path you wish to take.

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      Jai Warren 8 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Thanks Catherine and jiberish,

      It's a real struggle sometimes but I'll make it work.

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      Join the world of the unemployed. I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs on jewelry. Keep Hubbing, and Welcome!

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      Catherine R 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Take heart - the right thing will come up for you. I can understand that it must be a stressful thing but it sounds like you have got a good perspective on it and in the long run you will look back and feel pleased that things turned out like this. In the meantime keep writing as your hubs are great reading!


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