A glimpse of the next six months

I’ve wrapped one week of being unemployed, and it’s been quite the week. I was able to go on campus to interview for a full-time job (which would be starting next Fall), I was able to line up some online teaching gigs for the Winter and Spring terms, and I’m on track to start doing some part-time consulting gigs starting next month.

In short: this period of unemployment is likely to be fairly brief… it’ll just going to be a different kind of employment.

Me these days, except in a hoodie.

Me these days, except in a hoodie.

The good news is, most of the things I’m picking up for the next several weeks are intermittent. Online teaching is probably 10 or so hours a week per class. Consulting assignments are likely to only be a few days here or there, and they will probably be few and far between. I’ll be piecing together income from miscellaneous sources, but it will be work that’s more on track with the career path I’ve set out for myself.

One of the things that I’m most excited about is that this flexible schedule allows me the opportunity to do more research and more writing, two things that I’ve struggled to make time for since finishing my dissertation. I’ve got a ton of interview data, just waiting to be pieced together into publishable content, and I have the opportunity to expand my previous studies with some additional research participants… now that I have the time to do so, that is.

And of course, most importantly, I’ve got the opportunity to spend some time with my husband and our family. We just got back from a much needed break in San Francisco, visiting some lifelong friends from Florida and Charlotte who live out there (and even seeing a few friends we’ve made in recent years who happen to live there also). It was a welcome getaway, and while I was there I got two pieces of good news: some major health issues in my family seem to be under control, and the last of the Florida houses to be sold has officially closed.

Honestly, this past week (the election aside) has been such a relief, on many fronts. I feel like I can breathe again. Who knew that unemployment would be such a massive weight off my chest?

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