…and still standing.
First things first – I have to share the good news that for now, Page's job with Principal is secure. If you heard the news this week, they laid off 300+ employees from the Des Moines branch alone – an event that had been rumored to happen for weeks. Thanks so much for all of the emails and notes expressing concern/relief – I'm convinced that the powers that be decided one unemployed spouse was enough for this household at the present time. We do have friends who were affected by the layoffs, and my heart goes out to them – I so know how you're feeling!
I have not been as good lately about keeping up with the blog – I used to try and post something 2 or 3 times a week. I guess I've been too busy, and lacking some energy. Stress wears you down. I'm hoping all of this will change in the near future.
Page and I both have decided we're just "over" the whole worrying thing. It doesn't change the outcome of anything, and we are by no means the only people in this financially strapped boat right now. We are trying to focus on all the good things that could still be so much worse – we could be worried about trying to make a house payment, providing for our kids, or losing all retirement money with only a couple of years left in the working world. We are in pretty good shape all things considered, and with the holidays upon us, I realize more than ever that we truly DO have all the things we will ever need, plus much more. These are all things I remind myself of when I don't get a position after multiple rounds of interviews, or find that there is NOTHING new posted to the online job boards. It's disheartening, but if this is the worst of my troubles, then I have much to be thankful for.