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It’s always important to have a positive attitude. It’s hard to find an upside to being laid off, but until its time to pay the bills it’s pretty easy to find a silver lining in being unemployed.

Despite being home all day, I have managed to find productive ways to spend my time that with activities that I would otherwise have a difficult time doing. For example, this blog. I have exercised nearly every day this week, eaten healthier and found time for writing. I’ve been able to enjoy coffee with friends before beginning my search for work. I’ve begun teaching myself and practicing skills that will hopefully help me with my next job.

The danger of this view, on the other hand, is that it’s easy to become complacent. While I enjoy the freedom of unemployment and have been taking advantage of it, I have to continue to strive to create and reach goals for myself each day. Hopefully with a bit of hard work and dilligence I’ll find a job that will allow me to do what I love.

Today is my first day unemployed in a long time, and I’ve decided to take advantage of it.

After going for a run in the rain, I came home to apply for jobs and write a bit. I’m looking for a job in writing. I don’t care so much what kind of writing; marketing materials, correspondence, blogs or articles. Anything involving writing or editing will do. If you hear of something, message me, please!

There is really nothing as inspiring or exhilarating as running in the rain. It’s quite beautiful. As I dried off and sipped my hot chocolate, it occurred to me that I can use this time to write about whatever I want, to explore WordPress and learn HTML. These are things that I have wanted to do for a while, and I’m excited to have the opportunity. Suggestions are, of course, welcome. I figure I will start with Google and see where it takes me.

I also decided to pay a visit to my former Boss (some of you may have heard of her). My old office is fairly close to home, and when I left about a year ago I promised I would come visit. She was thrilled to see me, and after showing me some pictures from her daughter’s wedding, informed me that she does not know of any openings in the university but she will let me know if she hears of anything.

My lesson of the day is that a good place to start looking for work is through connections from previous jobs, and in the meantime I can work on my skills and improve my marketability. Hopefully something will come of any of the friends and former coworkers who offered to pass on my resume. If you keep reading, you may find out…

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