Hope For Me Yet

by Stephanie

So I’ve been noticeably absent from my blog. I started this blog with full intention of it being a happy place. My own little corner of the internet where I can share funny stories and clever remarks on just about anything. Well, friends, things haven’t necessarily been so happy lately. Thus the absence. The holiday season is supposed to be filled with joy and laughter and reflection. If I am truly honest, mine was filled with anxiety and disappointment. After suffering through what was probably the most depressing Christmas in recent memory, I came back from vacation to find my position at work eliminated. Yep. Unemployment is how I’m ringing in the new year. And while some of you are aware that I’ve suffered through 8 months of late pay-days, bounced paychecks and lots of stress only to be let go once we received proper funding, it’s still a very bitter pill to swallow. Of course there is the relief that comes with the giant weight that was my job being lifted off my shoulders giving me the opportunity to pursue a new direction.

That being said, I have decided to stop focusing on things that I can’t control (loss of my job or how friggin cold it is outside) and to start focusing on things I can control. Obviously I will be spending the majority of my time job-hunting, but I need routine and I need hobbies. After deciding that drinking would be too expensive (and probably a little counterproductive), I’ve come up with the following ideas:
1. Reading
2. Writing
3. Jogging (hey, it could happen)
4. cooking
5. Obsessive cleaning (it’s like therapy)
Any other suggestions are welcome.
In other news, after yet another 60 minute phone call with Sallie Mae, I’ve decided to chronicle my struggles with debt reduction into a novel titled Stephanie Vs. Sallie Mae. I haven’t quite fleshed out all the plot details yet. I just know that there will be robots.