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July 10, 2014

New Opportunities

Filed under: General Posts,Unemployment — by sarabwritings @ 6:57 pm
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New Opportunities don’t come along everyday as we all know. So while this one is requiring intense training, without pay, and time commitments that I am struggling with I believe the sacrifice will be important in the long-term. Just to be clear the struggle comes from fitting in training around studying for my Comprehensive Exams which are less than one month away and reading for my first Oral-Subject Field exam which is just over one month away – and doing this while preparing to move August 31.

Also, the potential is there to do what I love – WRITE and earn money doing it! That in and of itself is an important long term goal of this new opportunity.

I could easily find some things wrong and yes there are cons since it breaks into my library time and I am still job searching for guaranteed full time work since I left that place of few good memories – but my health was more important, but I digress and this is not the forum for that story.

Push forward in whatever your endeavors are – Me? I am a writer and so I must write – and take any new opportunity that comes along. If I am not writing then I am not being true to myself and that is bad for us all!!


P.S. The fruits of online training are a published piece with my own byline!!

December 11, 2012


We all know some days are better than others.  As we begin the end of 2012 and move into 2013 so many of us hope that the following year will be better and there are also many who think next year could never possibly top the one they are in…. Well, I have a little of both:

Parts of 2012 were great:  I met a beautiful little girl last March, her Daddy proposed in May, and I graduated with a Dual Masters at the end of May…. many things to be happy about and grateful for

But some parts were not so great – the day after graduation I lost my job of 3 years and have been searching, like so many others, since then for a job.  Putting out my resume, making calls, spending hours filling out HR apps and I’ve 4 interviews in just over 6 months… I’m sorry 5 interviews but I don’t count the coffee shop that wouldn’t hire me b/c I am over qualified… really?  You needed people and I needed a job (and still do)

Many of you know that if you are on extended benefits those end on Dec 29, 2012 so going into 2013 is going to be even harder this holiday season if you don’t find some work or if Congress can’t come to some sort of an agreement… but that is for another post (my political views or my other blog 🙂 )

I am also fortunate though that my fiancé is supportive.  He’s been working, got laid off, and is now in another state starting a new job to help support us – I know so many people are in this same predicament.  I’ve even tried to start my own freelancing business this year to jump -start my writing, and it has helped a little, but as anyone self-employed knows, it’s a hard road to walk during the start-up phase.  And, though I am school as well I can’t survive on unemployment even it is extended.  And I don’t want to – why do people so many people seem to think that those of us unemployed for a few months or more aren’t looking or that we don’t want to work?  Really?  I don’t spend excess money; I pay my bills and look for work!

Good Luck to those of you in the same position I am in; I feel for you; and I understand!  Keep searching, be grateful and thankful for what you do have; be positive and I know something will come your way soon!!


July 18, 2012

Support is amazing

Wow, cannot believe just how incredible everyone has been through the past 2 months:

  • Unemployment
  • Started my own business
  • Decided to apply for my PhD
  • Wrote and published my first eBook
  • And not to mention writing regularly on this blog, my other blog: and on my business plan

I’ve done all this while still looking for freelancing work, looking for an apartment, and trying to reorganize my life.  To say that some days have been hectic would be an understatement.  But to my friends and loved ones (many are in both categories :)) I love you all – without you none of this would have been possible.  I still have much, much more that needs to be done, but so much has already been accomplished.  This new journey is only a new chapter in my life; not sure where it is going to take me, but I am ready for this adventure and whatever the world has in store for me.

My very dear friend is coming into Boston tomorrow and we are meeting with my other bestie for dress shopping and then lunch.  They will be meeting for the first time!!!  I can’t wait!!!  And, my Mom might join us, so definitely looking forward to my Friday now, even more than before.

As the much needed and longed for thunderstorms are starting, I will wrap this out as the lights have already flickered twice.  Business plan time and then more on turning the MA thesis into a book 😀


May 29, 2012

First official week

Filed under: Business Building,General Posts — by sarabwritings @ 2:08 pm
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With the holiday, today starts the first official week of unemployment.  Feels surreal.  My last job was all consuming for 3 years and definitely no sense of loyalty there.  It’s been productive though.  I’ve been writing everyday, though I think I really need to make a schedule.  I’ve got all these new projects started and I earned my first freelancing job as well – definitely not too much to take on, but only if I schedule.  So, just a short post today as I want to finish the Introductory Lesson Plan before heading to Tanya’s new house to help unload her moving truck.


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