Mother Nature, Celebrating Small Successes, and Impermanence

6 May

We crossed into a new season (I think) although in Minnesota mother nature seems to be confused as we dash back and forth between winter, spring, and now summer. This dash between seasons has created some interesting parallels to the job search. With the recent snow we had last week, it felt as if winter, and the job search would never end. But then spring pops up for a bit, and is a reminder of new life and new beginnings, and a renewed sense of hope. As summer arrives on the scene, and long sun-drenched summer days, and dreamy summer-scented nights are just around the corner, we may again think that anything is possible.

As we do this dash between seasons and sentiments, we have to celebrate small successes along the journey and remember that just as none of the seasons is permanent, neither is your situation of unemployment or underemployment. Although I am still seeking a permanent career position, a lot has changed for me in the last couple of months. I’ve expanded my freelance writing, with recent articles posted on The Street. I love writing and I have been able to write on topics like the new and technologicially improved version of the side hustle, and the impact that MOOCs may have on reducing the cost of college. I will continue to write for The Street, and I am also expanding my blog reach to become a regular guest blogger on Mojalink.

Beyond the freelance writing and blogging, I’ve streamlined my job search process, spending more focused time on the opportunities that I really want and less time on positions that I am not as interested in. I’ve become more bold in reaching out to hiring managers, with some success, and I am continuing to network and make great contacts. It’s a process, and we have to celebrate small successes along the way.

The recent success of a friend who has been doing an extended job search is a great reminder that nothing is permanent. Although you don’t know when it is going to happen for you, or what it will look like, you can be sure that it will happen. Celebrate small successes along your journey and remember that nothing is permanent.

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4 Responses to “Mother Nature, Celebrating Small Successes, and Impermanence”

  1. Vishnu May 7, 2013 at 2:02 am #

    You win small until you win big – keep up the good work:)

  2. Jamie May 7, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Thank you for your blog! I have been in the unemployed game for months now, and you help me keep going!! The seasons are confused out here in Colorado too, but it gives me great hope with spring arriving!

    • Lisa M. May 7, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks Jamie! I hope that you find what you are looking for soon!

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