I hope everyone had a great holiday. I spent the majority of my day...well...laboring. Don't cry for me; it was certainly by choice and I made progress on quite a bit. I even managed to squeeze in a meeting. I usually keep things light around here but I felt inclined to share piece that I saw on ABC News last night before supper.
In 2003, Mr TBS and I were laid off within months of each other. He so happened to be working two jobs at the time (out of necessity); so he had one to fall back on. I, on the other hand, had a tougher go of it. It was nearly a whole year before I was able to secure full-time employment. Had it not been for God's grace and family, we would have been homeless. In fact, we were technically homeless; my mother did what Mamas do and took us in.
It was during that time that I became more focused on saving where we could, cutting corners and sometimes doing without. All of this became my "normal". What I can say positively is that none of our circumstances ever got me down. We did not have a lot of money but the bills still came, tuition for The Boy's private school had to be paid and it looked really bleak. Our faith never waivered and, eventually, we rebounded.
That's why starting this blog was important to me. I wanted other women to see that if I could do it...overcome being unemployed, be temporarily broke but not brokeN and keep my held high, they could too. Most people think I live a charmed life...and I do. Fortunately, I am wise enough to know that my happiness nor my blessings come from stuff. I have everything I need and most of what I want but I tend to lean on relationships and lessons for inspiration.
I'll never get too big for my britches; my conscience will not allow it to happen. I remember those pangs of uncertainty and the feeling of robbing Peter to pay Paul. It hurts; especially when there are children involved.
I challenge you to say a little prayer for someone who might be struggling financially or is feeling weary in their search for employment. May they realize and understand that they are not brokeN.