For The Unemployed

What I’ve Learned From My Husband’s Unemployment

Unemployment has impacted the lives of so many beautiful friends that I'm privileged to know or have met along the journey.  Today, I want to share with you the heart of my dear friend, Barbie of My Freshly Brewed Life.   She is simply amazing.   After reading about what she's learned from her husband's unemployment, be sure to click over and check out her fantastic blog.

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Today I am honored to be sharing here at Unemployed Faith. Thank you, Rosann, for the opportunity to share my heart with your readers.

I am the wife of a man who has been unemployed more often than not over the last 4 years. I wish I could say it hasn't changed me. But it has. I wish I could say that I've always kept the faith. But there were times when I had lost my hope. I wish I could say that I am more prepared for "the next time" should it happen again. But I am still learning to walk this long, and often lonely road.

I don't ...

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Coping With Unemployment: A Mother’s Perspective

Coping With Unemployment:  A Mother’s Perspective

Welcome to week 5 of 6 in the Ask Dr. McCale series.  Dr. Christina McCale is the Author of the book Waiting for Change: Impacts on life, family, work, and the new 99% reality.   A single mom facing an unemployment crisis of her own in these tough economic times, she knows the reality of joblessness all too well.

If you're just joining us, here's what we've discussed so far:

Think It Won't Happen To You?

The Inspiration Behind Waiting For Change

Getting Over The Embarrassment:  Food Stamps and a Trip to the Food Bank

Making Big Decisions After a Layoff

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Q:  From a mother's role and perspective, what would you view as being the most difficult aspect of unemployment?    What has helped you cope through those difficulties? 

Certainly as parents we all want to ...

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Making Big Decisions After a Layoff

Making Big Decisions After a Layoff

Welcome to Week 4 of 6 in the Ask Dr. McCale series!  Dr. Christina McCale is the Author of the book Waiting for Change: Impacts on life, family, work, and the new 99% reality.

A single mom facing an unemployment crisis of her own in these tough economic times, she knows the reality of joblessness all too well.

I'm so glad she agreed to hang out here every Friday for this series.

Here's what we've covered so far, in case you've missed anything:

Think It Won't Happen To You?

The Inspiration Behind Waiting For Change

Getting Over the Embarrassment:  Food Stamps and a Trip to the Food Bank

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Q:  Many individuals who've been laid off are making big decisions. 

Go back to school, hold out for a job in the ...

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How NOT To Lose Sleep When You’re Stressed About Money

How NOT To Lose Sleep When You’re Stressed About Money

The light from the digits on your nightstand clock blare against your weary eyes.  Images of an eviction notice, piled-high envelopes stuffed with past due nasty grams, and thoughts of living in your car bounce chaotically through your mind.

You roll over to feel the warmth of your husband, but he's not there.  He can't sleep either.  Depression is taking hold of him.

Not helping matters is knowing you'll both enter the new day filled with anxiety, moodiness, headaches, reduced energy, and an inability to concentrate on any one thing for more than a few minutes.

If only the both of you could get a few restful nights of sleep.  Maybe…maybe then you'd be able to think clearly on how to approach the horror of unemployment.

Do You Suffer From Insomnia?

Studies show insomnia to be a common complaint among men and women, particularly those dealing with stress of unemployment or low income.  It's not healthy either.   If you don't resolve the problem soon, it can lead to serious health problems.

And let's face it, you have enough ...

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Getting Over the Embarrassment: Food Stamps and a Trip to the Food Bank

Getting Over the Embarrassment: Food Stamps and a Trip to the Food Bank

Welcome to Week 3 of Ask Dr. McCale!

If you're just joining us for the first time, this is a 6-Week series on the hard realities of unemployment.  Our expert, Dr. McCale, recently published the book Waiting for Change: Impacts on life, family, work, and the new 99% reality. She also knows firsthand the anxiety that goes with being unemployed.

Here are the posts from this series, you may have missed so far:

Think It Won't Happen To You?

The Inspiration Behind Waiting For Change

As a reminder, Ask Dr. McCale, will be posted every Friday through August 3rd.

 

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 Q:  In your book, you mention facing the embarrassment of having to  apply for food stamps and going  to a local food bank. 

What would you say to readers who are about to face similar, yet necessary steps in their season ...

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The Inspiration Behind Waiting For Change

Welcome to our 2nd week of Ask Dr. McCale!   If you're just joining us for the first time, this is a 6-Week series on the hard realities of unemployment.  Our expert, Dr. McCale, recently published the book Waiting for Change: Impacts on life, family, work, and the new 99% reality. She also knows firsthand the anxiety that goes with being unemployed.

If you missed last week's post Think It Won't Happen To You? be sure to click over and get to know Dr. McCale a little bit better.  As a reminder, Ask Dr. McCale, will be posted every Friday through August 3rd.

If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe via RSS or Email (look in the sidebar) so you won't miss a single post. 

 

Q:  What inspired you to write the book Waiting for Change?

There were several events or influences that propelled me to write the book.

The inspiration for the book actually started several years earlier while I was still teaching.

During the financial crash, I ...

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Think It Won’t Happen To You?

Think It Won’t Happen To You?

Last week I shared a review of the book Waiting For Change, written by Dr. Christina McCale.

Dr. McCale knows first hand, the hard reality of unemployment and I'm thrilled to announce that she has agreed to participate in a 6-Week series here at UnEMPLOYED Faith.

The series, Ask Dr. McCale will be posted every Friday (starting today) through August 3rd.

Here's a sneak peek of a few of the topics that will be discussed:

  • Getting past the humiliation of food stamps and going to a food bank

  • Making big decisions after a layoff

  • Coping with unemployment, from a mother's perspective

  • How to support and talk to a loved one who is out of work

You won't want to miss this!

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First, let's get to know Dr.McCale a little better.

 

Q:  Dr. ...

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Waiting For Change

Waiting For Change

I was recently contacted by Christina McCale, Author of Waiting for Change: Impacts on life, family, work, and the new 99% reality, for an opportunity to read and write a review of her book.

What a fascinating and wonderful book!

In Waiting For Change, Christina shares the story and impact of unemployment in our current recession, while also reflecting back to our own U.S. history with The Great Depression of the 1930's.

Honestly, my favorite part of her book is not in the historical facts or the well researched statistics, although I know many would find those added elements to be quite interesting.

No.  What I loved most, was reading her very personal story.  I could just feel (or perhaps relate with) the raw emotion as her story unfolded.

For many of us whose lives have been severely altered by the recession and unemployment, knowing we aren't alone in our devastation somehow helps us cope through it.  Even though the unemployment numbers scream out that millions are unemployed, with our daily challenge to put food ...

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How To Fight Unemployment Related Depression

How To Fight Unemployment Related Depression

The news recently reported that 23 million Americans are currently unemployed or underemployed.  23 million people!!  Think about that number for a moment.  What's the population of the state you reside in?

Let me give you a quick population picture from the US Census Bureau (as of 2011), for you to compare that number to:

  • Pennsylvania - 12.7 million
  • Oregon - 3.8 million
  • Oklahoma - 3.7 million
  • Illinois - 12.8 million
  • Texas - 25.6 million
  • California - 37.6 million
  • New York - 19.4 million
  • Colorado - 5.1 million
  • Nevada - 2.7 million
  • Florida - 19 million

Are you in shock?  I am!  How many states listed above could add up to 23 million people out of work?  Look at the big states.  Nearly the entire state of Texas could fit the bill of 23 million unemployed.  Scary stuff!

If you or your spouse happen to be one of those 23 million Americans, please know my heart goes out to you, I'm praying for you, and I do understand what you're going through.

About 4 months ...

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Open Your Mind to New Possibilities

Open Your Mind to New Possibilities

It's disheartening when old dreams die and we're left holding the broken pieces with no certainty for what the future may hold.  Still, we should approach new dreams and ideas with an open mind and willing heart.

I've always been a big dreamer.

My entire childhood I longed to escape the tiny town where we lived.  It felt suffocating and the people seemed small minded.  I had big dreams for myself.  One day I would finally graduate and move to Nevada where I'd attend UNLV for a degree in hotel/restaurant management.  Then I'd build the biggest hotel and casino the strip had ever seen.  At no time did I ever stop and ask God, "is this your plan for me?"

Not God's Plan?

Hmmm... Perhaps not.

Instead, I got married and joined the military straight out of high school.  That marriage soon ended in divorce and I found myself underwriting sub-prime auto loans for a living.  Which led me to meet and fall in love with my wonderful husband, which led to the blessing of our children.

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