It’s a new week

It’s Monday again. It’s been 5 weeks since I was let go from my job. It is not a good feeling (Previous post here). There is only so much you can do sitting at home. I spent two weeks taking some online CEU courses and renewed my Phlebotomy certificate.

Now I spend most of my days online looking for jobs. I am comfortable sitting behind a computer all day because thats all I'm used to. I have to say though that I have really enjoyed the time I have gotten to spend all day with my husband. With my severance pay, I was able to go ahead a pay my December health insurance. I paid my car off back in July so I do not have that hanging over me anymore. Thank God! I have Christmas money set aside too, So I think I’m good until next year.

Knowing a check is no longer coming in is scary! 
I have my moments. I will have feelings of panic off and on. I wake up in the middle of the night and sometime find myself in tears as my husband sleeps soundly beside me. I know he worries too. I say a little prayer and I can usually fall back to sleep. 
And then there are moments I feel happy and relieved to be away from the atmosphere I was working in. I loved the job I did and did it well, but It feels good to be away from the vulgar language, the smell of cigarettes, and the little 12 x 12 room I sat in all day long. This was my life for 26 years. Now Im free.

This is a new week and I will make new goals. I will continue my job searching. I actually had a couple friends send me a message letting me know places they work that may be hiring. This gave me a little hope at the time was feeling really hopeless. I hope to hear back from someone soon. 

My eating habits have been bad too. I guess between stress and boredom I want to eat the house down. Though I am still holding my weight loss, I don’t feel all that good. If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen some of the foods I have encountered. It is definitely not in my diet plan. In my defense, I don’t eat all of what I photograph. I’m usually stuffed after a couple bites. 

For example. We tried two new restaurants this weekend. One was in a little town of Belmont. Where I grew up. It was called Casa Vieja . It is a little Mexican restaurant that used to be an Italian restaurant. I ordered two tacos and Nick had a salad with grilled beef. It’s the nacho and dip before hand that is bad. 

The food was good. It was not as good as some of the other places we have been to but we are willing to give it another try. 

Sunday night we decided to try a new BBQ restaurant called The Smoke Pit. The food here was delicious! 
We both ordered a bbq sandwich on toast with a side of fries. 

They piled the meat high. I was full after eating the meat that fell out of the bread onto the plate. I have enough leftover for anther meal. 

It’s a new week. I will be settling back down to the simple and healthy foods so I can keep my weight down. This will also make me feel better inside and out. It’s amazing how bad fattening foods can make you feel after your used to eating lite and healthy. I think my body is craving carrots right now. 

It’s a new week. It will be a good week, I just know it. I will get myself back together and have a better attitude. Gods got me. 


  1. I LOVE your attitude and outlook. You bet cha Gods got you and so do all of us! xo

  2. I enjoyed the visit. We could feel your JOY and the sadness. Normal and understandable. You are holding a great attitude. YEP you always make food look good. Maybe you need a job as a photographer. ;-)

    Love you lady, hang in there we know God is good and True to his promises to us....

  3. I have the same sort of panic moments trying to decide what to do or how to do it. You're right about taking a deep breath and praying. I also keep a prayer journal to keep track of my worries and to count my blessings.

  4. You may be able to get a 'work from home' job over the holidays - Amazon usually looks for customer service people for the holidays, as do other sites. I've been thinking of you...I know how stressful it can be when money is already tight and then to lose a job on top of it...scary. Good luck my friend!

  5. I hope you will be able to relax a little and at least enjoy the upcoming holidays. Have a nice week Lisa.

  6. Oh I am so sorry you were laid off. I was laid off too and it is not fun. I have been looking for work for 2 years and I only find temporary freelance work. I did graphics in the magazine industry and it is DEAD. Over. I hope you have a better time of it then me. I wish you all the luck. Looking for a job is absolutely crazy. So much has changed from job aggrevators posting inactive jobs just to make money, to AI screening out resumes, to employers ghosting people, to scams. It is mind blowing. And the media and the government are checked out and clueless. The economy is not doing well...

    Allie of

  7. Oh my goodness I've never seen a sandwich like that. You could feed a family of 4! :)
    Praying that the right job comes along. Hang in there one will come along.

  8. twenty-six years is a long time to work somewhere. it'll take some time to readjust. but you will get a new beginning when the dust settles. hang in there. food looks yummy.

  9. Hang in there Lisa. You have a lot of skills. The one bad thing about working at a place that long is that it makes your resume harder to write.
    Many younger people change jobs every few years which can show forward motion on the resume.
    I would get on LinkedIn. Some companies post their job openings on there.

  10. Hang in there, kiddo. I am a firm believer in the fact that when one door closes another opens and it is better than the door you slammed behind you. I am saying a prayer that you find the perfect job soon. You should also apply for unemployment benefits right away because they take a while to start. If you don't know how to figure it -here is the formula....To estimate how much you might be eligible to receive, add together the gross wages in the two highest quarters during that period, divide by 2, and then multiply by 0.0385 to get your weekly benefit amount. Good luck, sweetie. You got this!!!! xoDiana

  11. I love that you're keeping an optimistic attitude Lisa. I have faith something great will come out of all of this! hugs :)