I’ve been taking a break from making jewelry this month and spending my time looking for a day job (it’s become clear that this business is never going to pay me enough to live). I’m hoping once I have a job I can continue to make jewelry on the side, but right now, I don’t even have the mental energy to go there.
I’ve been basing my budget on an average of the last several months’ income, and unfortunately, this month skewed way low. I should have had enough money for another three weeks or so, but I’m out of money.
So I’m having a sale because I need money now. Everything in my shop is 25% off now through the end of the month. No coupon necessary.
Go there now. Buy lots of stuff. Tell all your friends. Please.
Sadly, I’m not making enough money to live on from jewelry sales. The good news is, I’m feeling well enough now that getting a day job is a possibility. A few months ago, I was afraid I was going to have to go on disability. Neuroplasticity for the win!
The bad news is, looking for a job sucks. Once I eliminate all the job postings that I’m not remotely qualified for, the ones that require driving (which I haven’t done since…2003? and swore I’d never do again), the ones that pay far less than a living wage (yeah, the reason I’m looking for a job is so I can make enough to live on, not so I can continue to be poor), the ones I am not physically capable of doing, the ones I am ethically opposed to, the ones that I would absolutely detest, the ones I would be horrible at, well…I applied for one job.
I’m waiting for a call back from a career counselor.
I think I just don’t know what to look for or where to look for it. I have skills. But I don’t know what the jobs are that require those skills.
I know from experience that if I do the same thing all day long, every day, I will become severely depressed. I am intelligent and creative, and I need to be challenged. I’m really good at solving problems. I need to use my brain.
I’m not going to stop making jewelry, but it’s going to be a side gig, and once I find a job, it’s going to take a while to adapt to working full time somewhere before I have the energy to do anything else. In an ideal world, I could find something part time that paid enough to live on, but in an ideal world, my toenails would trim themselves, and I could eat four pounds of chocolate every day and neither gain weight nor get a migraine.
If you happen to know of a job opening in Ann Arbor that would be a good fit for me, could you give me a heads up? Thanks!