Amidst the upheaval that the RSV virus has thrown our way, our household has been preparing for some big changes. We found out two weeks ago that my fiancee’s company was letting him go. It was not something we saw coming and we were completely unprepared. We have been trying to refinance our house and have been using every spare dime to clean up our credit. Well that idea has been squashed.
I will admit when he told me, my heart fell out of my chest. I could not keep back the tears which I knew made him feel worse. Not that I even remotely like the company he worked for, they are terrible. I worked there for 8 years and management treated me horribly. I miss my friends from there but that’s about it. However, losing the only steady income we have is earth-shaking.
What will we do to pay the mortgage? The utility bills? Car insurance? Oh hell, what will we do about medical insurance? We have a premie son; every cold ends up with us in the doctor’s office if not urgent care or the emergency room. How will we buy food? We barely make enough to keep the cupboards stocked right now.
After an afternoon of freaking-the-f-out we decided to take this head on. Jason updated his resume, we posted it on Monster and Careerbuilder, and I started sending his resume in for jobs while he worked during the day. Can I pause here and mention how excruciating that ‘final two weeks’ is for not only the worker but their family! I could not stand that evil company stealing him for one more minute, since they had thrown us to the sharks yet again. (my leaving the company was based on not only my son being born prematurely but also the amount of offenses racked up by the management, my boss was just a really awful person)(oh and should I mention she is now the site director? WTF?)
So far in three weeks the only bites we had were from commission only sales positions. You know, the ones where they slap their logo on you and you hope you can sell some insurance and have a paycheck? No bueno. And not for us. Well more specifically not for him, he is not a salesperson, it’s not his niche. I have spent hours each day writing cover letters, emailing resumes and faxing over answers to questions but no success. So we had to talk, if there was going to be a few months of this then we had to have an ‘ in-the-meantime plan or our family would crash and burn. We would lose the house and most likely become swamped by medical bills.
Now the day has come, his last day at work. We are celebrating. We have a plan and tomorrow it goes into motion. Tomorrow Jason is taking his shot at becoming a professional poker player. For those of you that don’t know, he supplements his 9-5 income by playing poker part-time. He’s pretty damn good too. He has funded many home improvement projects, bought my engagement ring and since I have stayed at home, he has brought in enough to make our lifestyle comfortable. Maybe a real 9-5 opportunity we can’t pass up will pop up and maybe not. But we will be going full steam ahead with poker as if there is no other option.
I am also taking on new opportunities too. I was freelancing for awhile when I was on bedrest and I am taking jobs again. Having Jason home will give me time to work when he isn’t working, so I can actually contribute. I have already got a few jobs, one long-term one, so that is going great already. We are looking at this unfornate event as an amazing opportunity to follow our dreams of working from home. Wish us luck!