No income and potential unemployment–what a great pair we make!

by Erika Torres

So there a few MAJOR budget hurdles we will be facing in the upcoming year that I haven’t mentioned on this ole blog.

The first–which is certain–is that the Mr. will be taking a leave of absence from his job to go into the fire academy full-time.  He doesn’t start until August of next year, but it will be almost 4 months of class and 0% income. Which leaves the sole income-producing responsibility to lil’ ole me. *Gulp*

At first–I wasn’t a firm believer in him going full-time into the Academy. We’re barely able to manage on both our paychecks now, how could we manage on a single paycheck then? But the alternative was to have Eric take the part-time academy course…over nine months…every. single. weekend.

So then I had to reconsider. And then I thought–well, if we pay off our debt by our anniversary, and then save up that money for the few months before you go into the Academy, we’ll have a decent savings account and we won’t be needing to pay off any credit cards…we can do this….we can do this…


Well…then the other budget hurdle presents itself. Unemployment. For me.

There is no certainty–I mean, which company do you know of announces its layoffs before the actual moment they lay people off?–but rumors are rampant.

I’ve been laid off once already. My last job, the rumors were so rampant that by the time I finally did get laid off, I was like “About time!” and then quickly left the office so I could start working at the other full-time job I had already secured three weeks prior. Because I’m bad ass like that ; )

But now I’m at this job–the one I got after I was laid off from my last one–and I’m facing another lay-off…most likely before Christmas. And I’m looking, looking, looking every day. But honestly, I’m quite surprised at myself by how un-crazy (is that a word?) I am being right now. Last year, I almost jetted off to teach English in South Korea when I found out I was going to get laid off. But this time, I have a husband, and a dog, and responsibilities.

In the four years since I graduated college, I’ve held 4 jobs. Employers love me. I still keep in touch with all my former bosses. And my network is pretty solid.

A job that I was almost positive I was going to get didn’t pull through…so I’m on the hunt again. I am a tiger. Must. Find. Job.

I’m not super worried now…but get back to me when November rolls around…

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Erin B. Inspired October 12, 2010 - 2:20 pm

I’ve been going through a lot of whatifs and maybes and thoughts of just flat out quitting my job. I don’t hate it, it’s just pointless. I’d much rather be doing something else, even cleaning my house. Now THAT tells you something! I’ve also contemplated “downgrading” just to do something different that gives me more time to do stuff I want to do. Who knows.

Also, Eric isn’t getting paid for the fire academy? That’s weird. One of my best friends went through the academy here and he got paid the entire time. Weird.

Erini October 12, 2010 - 10:40 am

Do you have an online portfolio??
I had a “hire me” link on my blog and that landed me my current one. Never hurts to have that!

Wish I had contacts and leads in your area. Keeping the two of you in my thoughts. Things will work out. 🙂

Jolene October 10, 2010 - 2:25 pm

One day at a time…you have the right mindset, don’t freak out, and I bet you will get a job by then that you love. I hope you do! I hope we BOTH do 🙂 Glad he’s doing what he wants and going for the academy. good for him!

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Randa October 8, 2010 - 10:54 am

That’s intense! I hope that you can find a new job or that your company doesn’t lay anyone off! I’m sure, with all your experiences, you’ll be able to pull through it.

Kelly October 8, 2010 - 10:28 am

That’s scary… Sorry you are dealing with that! It’s awesome that you are working on looking for something else now though… It is so much better to be prepared!

And good luck to your hubby with Fire Academy next August!

Ashley October 8, 2010 - 6:42 am

Aw, I’m so sad to hear that! Everything will work out exactly the way it’s supposed to though! It’s good to hear that you’re staying calm… just keep doing what you’re doing and it’ll all work out!


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