Game on — I am working on the job search and taking steps every day. The recruiter job is not an option — they want someone with a background slightly different than mine. I sent a Hail Mary email about transferable skills and diversity of thought, but I’m pretty sure it fell upon deaf ears. I have applied for another job in a big bureaucracy — my skills are ideal for it, but I don’t have any inside advocates for it. That will be a problem, but I’m thinking about who I can enlist to advocate for me. I’m also in the process of scheduling an informational interview with a former colleague who has gone on to fame and riches. He is a generous man and immediately agreed to a meeting….now getting on his calendar is another challenge.
With small, but action-oriented steps, I am making progress. I got Robin an interview that went really well and they asked her to shadow a key employee — the very employee who got her the interview at my bequest. My fingers are crossed for her because she is financially struggling so much and a stable job with health insurance is a dream come true for her. Regardless of this job, I am going to talk to Robin about ratcheting back on some of my monthly overhead expenses for her. I think she’ll be fine with it, but I don’t want her to feel like I’m firing her.
The other big relief is my son going to Asia for a year. By postponing grad school for a year, I’ll be freed from paying his monthly stipend, health insurance, cell phone and the like. Perfect timing.
The Hunter and I have begun the house-rental hunting process and this time we are discussing each and every move. We are consciously talking about what each of us wants in a neighborhood and a home. We talk about the Kracken and how he impacts our decision-making. My Shitz Tzu passed away this week. I’ll write about that because it’s a sensitive topic for me and brought up some interesting emotions. We have a garage sale coming up and I have to get my shit together both literally so we have stuff to sell and figuratively with putting out internet ads and the like, trying to get some neighbors to join in, etc.
Busy, busy, busy and, and there is Maggie & Co, still churning along with a trickle of a pipeline. I had an idea this week about a current client that could land an unexpected windfall. We are having lunch this week, so I’ll explore it with them. The windfall would buy me the time needed for the job search.
I need to sit down and do the numbers, but my fingers and toes are showing me that by getting a “real” job, I could reduce my overhead dramatically because I would no longer have the Maggie & Co expenses. The number was surprisingly big which is great because it will give me a lot of salary flexibility. Anyway, I am chugging along…..more thoughts to come.