Newly Unemployed, a Whiteboard, and Troy

Hello and welcome. This is my introductory blog on the JNC website. 

A sample day on my whiteboard. For clarification, "Insanity," in my pink reward section, is not a reference to the state of mind one might achieve while unemployed, but to Shaun T's insane, yet inspiring workout program.

A sample day on my whiteboard. For clarification, “Insanity,” in my pink reward section, is not a reference to the state of mind one might achieve while unemployed, but to Shaun T’s insane, yet inspiring workout program.

Despite what my amazing former manager hoped (that I’d take a couple of weeks off to relax), I fill my days with the things I want and need to accomplish. My (some say “infamous”) task list has moved from Outlook to a whiteboard located directly above Troy Polamalu in my home office for inspiration (Go Steelers!!). You’ll notice that you don’t see “Make dinner” on it. You’ll only see that one weekend a month (yes, I keep my whiteboard task list on weekends, too) when my husband has his Air National Guard UTA (drill) weekend. I cook that weekend so it’s one less thing he has to do in the middle of his 12-day work stretch, although it’s usually better for both of us that he likes to cook and is a better cook than I.

Occasionally, I treat myself to an episode of House Hunters, House Hunters International, or Income Property, during which I spend quality time snuggling my pittie/panda/hound mix, Seamus. I also do a Focus T25 workout each day because while I can’t control the job market or recruiters, I can control my fitness – and doing that is good for me physically and mentally. Otherwise, my new job is finding a job.

Seamus, my rescued pittie/panda/hound mix. Doesn't every dog need to lay on a pillow AND a blanket on the couch while holding a bone when they are sleeping?

Seamus, my rescued pittie/panda/hound mix. Doesn’t every dog need to lay on a pillow AND a blanket on the couch while holding a bone when they are sleeping?

Have you ever been unemployed and how did you fill your days? Let me know in the comment section below.

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