Tag: Economy

One October Evening

ImageThe crisp cool day that began overcast, but turned clear in the later afternoon, is a welcome sight after a couple huge storms rolled through over the last four days. It seriously went from being summer in mid September to being late fall by the end of September.

I spent a good share of the afternoon looking for and applying for jobs. I am not holding my breath on any of them, but the key thing is that I just keep applying, and hopefully one day (again not holding my breath too much, based on my experience over the last three and a half years) that something will work again. I am definitely in need of a new adventure, and new experiences.

The past couple of days I have been working on hats for children in India. It is the time of year, that hats and scarves are sounding amazing, as is pumpkin scented items and pumpkin flavored foods.

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Keep Pressing Toward the Mark

I am one who tries to stay positive, especially about my job situation, on the outside, but having spent the last 3.5 years looking for a job, beginning back before I graduated from college, and having at most 6 weeks of work at one time is discouraging. I went to college to get an education, and try to make a better life for myself. Yet here I am, more than three years after I graduated from college, living in poverty. I am fully aware that I am one of millions of Americans who are in a similar situation as I am, and now we are facing Obamacare, which is really not helping anyone at this point, only making the situation worse for millions of Americans such as myself.

The whole unemployment situation has a lot to do with why I have become so passionate about knitting items for kids in need, mainly because I have had the time, and even with having projects to work on, I am still very bored and would like to be working. When people ask me what kinds of jobs I am looking for, I tell them that I am looking for just about anything that I could conceivably do with a Bachelors of Science Degree, in Social Science (mainly History with a bit of Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Geography and Political Science). 

What I don’t often talk about with anyone outside of my close group of friends is that I want to work with knitting/crochet groups either in an geographical area, or at a retreat center through crafting conferences, talking to them about the projects that are out there, to benefit children in need, and support our troops, and makes sure they have the patterns, and know where to send their completed projects, and so on and so forth. I love knitting, and using that knowledge, to help children in need, especially here in our own country, as well as supporting our troops. 

I know what it is like to have to live in poverty, and I have hated it, but I can’t imagine what it is like for children who live in generational poverty, and are not likely to even graduate high school. 

Thoughts for a Monday

Hi Everyone! 

Around these parts is has pretty much gone from summer to late fall in just a few short days. Our average rainfall for the metro area for the day has been .3 of an inch of rain, and some areas seeing half an inch of rain today. This last week has seen more than 3/4, and some areas seeing more than an inch. This water year, we have seen a few inches (about 4.5 so far) more rain than we do in an average year. I am not complaining, I prefer it to summer temperatures (anything over 75). 

I spent the day at home, working on a Christmas gift, as well as continuing to look for a job. At this point I can’t be choosy in terms of a job, If I know I could do the job, I will apply for it, even though none of the jobs I have seen are along the lines of what I studied in school, or what I want to do career wise. I don’t talk to much about what I really want to do with my life with too many people because of how unrealistic it is to most people, especially when I tell them that I am not the business type, and have no intention of fulfilling the business end of things myself, just the creative and inspiring end of things. I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about what I would like to do, given the opportunity (and no one tell me to go create my own opportunity, because I am the creative one, not the business savvy one, and I will tell you to go start the business with everything (legally) above board, and let me do what I am good at), 

With that being said, I know that there is this chapter in my life, and I am so ready for the next chapter where I am actually working and bringing in a regular pay check to start. 

My Unemployment Experience

Ok Everyone, I am going to talk a bit about what it has been like for me over the last three and a half years in looking for a job in the current economy. I am not unemployed by choice, but it is the way things are for myself, and many other people in this country right now. This is how things are for millions of American’s.

In high school I did some babysitting, and volunteer work, so I then went off to college in 2006 before the whole recession hit, so ok fine, and I focused on school, and studied my rear end off, to graduate in four years. So, by the time I was nearing the end of my senior year, and was really starting to look for a job for after graduation, I started applying everywhere. I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Social Science (with a focus in history, and absolutely no sociology, so being a case worker, sociologist etc was not something I was or am interested in, and is out of the question). I really did not want to move back with my parents, but I did, because I was unsuccessful finding a job, in the area that I lived in.

It would be another year before I even got the nanny job, which lasted a week, because it wasn’t a good fit (aka I was too sheltered and too much of a “goody goody”), so a short time later I worked at a supplemental insurance company, where I was for a month, and never saw a dime, because it was 100% commission based income, and my trainer left me out in the cold, to figure it out all on my own. After that I started working at a daycare, which happened to be during the occupy protests, and had to deal with the stupid traffic back up that those caused, and was late for work twice because of them. I also go severely sick for a weekend and was too sick to work (I think they probably thought I was hung over or something, which I was not) – this was the bug that effected me to the point that I can no longer eat dairy, so hung over my foot. The kids there were also horribly behaved, so that whole experience turned me off of working with kids and just reinforced the fact that I knew from my sophomore year of college that a career in which dealing with other peoples kids on a behavior management day to day basis was not for me. I did need that reinforced to me.

It was after the not so great daycare experience that knitting sweaters for kids in need really took off. I was still doing something to help children in need, but I don’t have to deal with children unrelated to myself on a day to day basis, and when I do I can choose whose children I take on (ie I can choose to babysit children I know are well behaved, and not babysit the children who I know are not well behaved), and it is usually for a few hours to a couple days at a time.

Over the last year and nine months as well, I have taken on more volunteer activities that I enjoy, such as helping bake cookies for the Christmas event my church has put on, and serving hot chocolate for said event, or serving cookies after the mother’s day concert, that kind of thing. I also have been knitting like crazy in between apply for what few jobs I know I stand a chance at even hearing back from for an interview.

Last fall, and this past spring I have also worked a few roadshows for a non profit organization that works with Rwandan and Ugandan women, and purchases baskets, paper bead jewelry, and hand sewn shoulder bags from the women who made them and sells them over here. I did that because of the non-profit helping others factor behind it.

I have been told that I should knit things to sell, which in and of itself I would have no problems with, but what is stopping me, is the the means of doing so would require me to obtain a business license up front and deal with the self employment tax scheme. I am not a business minded person. I’m not saying that I can’t do it, because I could, but for me it would be the bane of my existence, and I would quickly lose steam and enjoyment from knitting.

At this point I have been applying for jobs with no response, or at best and interview. I am currently waiting to hear about a volunteer opportunity I applied for at a historical museum here locally that is right up my alley, and part of what I loved studying about in school.

This story is not a Woe is Me story, it is an insight to what many American’s, myself included have been dealing with since the economy went south. I keep hearing that the economy is picking up, and the unemployment rate is down, yet the fact that I am one of millions who is chronically unemployed or underemployed is still a stark reality. I know that there is more to the problem that what the unemployment rate really reflects. This whole situation is not something I really like to talk about, but it is my reality at the moment. I much prefer writing about the projects I have completed for children who are worse off than I am, and the adventures I get to have, even here locally, even if it is just window shopping with one of my best friends. I prefer to think on the positive side, and use the time I have for a good cause. Beings that I have this time, I might as well put it to good use, and do some volunteer activity to fill my time productively. I like the feeling of knowing I am doing something to contribute to the greater good.