|What my wife used to do.|
I have had 2 periods of unemployment in my life and I was bound and determined to be as supportive of my spouse during her time off as she had been during mine. She never doubted that I would find work and the right job, just not any job, and I had faith that she would do the same. I also wanted her to enjoy her
|At dinner in London Ontario|
|In Florida at my nephew's wedding|
In the end she secured work, and being the over-achiever that she is, it's actually 2 jobs. The first is a flexible transcription job, not in the medical field this time, and the second is an administrative assistant job, part time and walkable from our house. Incidentally, both were gained from networking with friends (Thanks Lisa and Bruce). The pay is fair for both and our budget is balanced again, but more importantly, they both allow the freedom and flexibility that we wanted. Nolan has 5 years of school left, and we want to be actively involved in them. Her mom works part time, and is aging, so she'll have some time to spend and enjoy with her, just as I was able to do with my mom, and it's time spent that she'll never regret. So in 2012, we tightened our belts, we trimmed some fat and kept our eye on the prize, but we also made sure to enjoy the ride. Not a bad year at all, even living frugally.