Employed!

Aaaaaaaat last ... I am employed!  This insanely long, painful, boring, frustrating, emotional roller coaster has come to an end.  It has been:

10 months
22 job applications
6 coffee dates
4 networking events
160 internet job searches
19 different cover letters
12 rejection letters
4 interviews
1 unemployment application
1 unemployment denial
and one networking event that led to an introduction that led to an opportunity that changed it all around and gave this pessimistic Eugenian hope.  Finally!

This is an issue that has consumed my life for a painfully long time.  But this will be a short post.  Why?  Well, being unemployed is tough.  It is embarrassing in a way.  And it is just not a reflection of the way I really see myself.

Finally I have gotten a glimpse of the life I have been wanting to live.  I wanted to be a working mom.  I want to use my law degree.  And now I can.

I will be at the University of Oregon's Office of Risk Management, managing workers' compensation claims.  If you want more details let me know.  If you are interested in my unemployment story, I will tell you.  But not right now.  I have been carrying a lot of anger around over this situation, which began when I was 6 months pregnant.  Now it feels like a weight has been lifted.  Like justice has been restored.

And to everyone who helped us out during this time, your support has not gone unnoticed.  Our friends and family have just been so generous. 

We have an abundance of love and support.  We are absolutely up to our ears in it.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

~hmv