It’s now been 9 months since I lost my job. I’m still doing part time employment at Best Buy Mobile, but now my weekly hours are in the 28-30 range, which is helping me to make ends meet. Sadly, my freelance writing for Eagan Patch is probably at an end. They have decided to no longer use freelance workers. My story that they published Friday may be my last paid story, although I have one other that I’m going to turn in even if I don’t get paid for it. I will miss the $150/month that I’ve been getting for the writing, but mostly I will miss the feeling of satisfaction and the great people I’ve met.
There’s a chance that my job will go to 40 hours per week next fiscal year (March). There’s no promise of that, so I’m still talking to recruiters about other positions. I’m still enjoying most aspects of the job, although I could use a raise …
Today I got paid for hiking! I was in the woods taking photos of a buck, doe and fawns, and a woman came through with her dog. She asked about the photos, and as we talked I mentioned that I had published a photography book. She met me in the parking lot 20 minutes later and purchased one of my books. That made me feel really good.
I’ll also be showing some of my watercolor paintings and photographs at a show at Best Buy in early December, so I’m busy preparing for that. Maybe I’ll sell something.
This lengthy transition has definitely shown me that I can make money (well, small amounts) in many interesting ways..