Saturday, November 26, 2011

Light At the End of the Tunnel?

Many of my Etsy friends will relate to the "I Quit My Day Job" success stories that occasionally appear on the Etsy blog. 


Well, I didn't quit my day job.  My day job quit me.  I will be furloughed without pay for at least 30 days beginning December 2, 2011. I have already survived a loss of benefits and reduced hours and pay.


I am more fortunate than some of my coworkers who have also been furloughed.  I have a seasonal tax job that will keep me employed nearly full-time evenings and weekends from January through mid-April, and I will be able to pick up a few (very few) preseason paid hours at the tax office in December.   I also have my little Etsy shop, which will keep me busy and provide some extra income.


I am trying to think of this as an unpaid Christmas vacation – my first since 1976.  I will have some precious time to spend with the grandkids while they are on Christmas break before tax season.  And I will have a windfall of free time which I can easily fill with projects.My lists are always longer than my days.  I will add more items to my Etsy shop and complete some handmade gifts. 


When I went to our Thanksgiving Eve church service last Wednesday night, the gospel lesson was from Matthew 6:25-33.  The timing was perfect.  It is just what I needed to hear this week.  I kept the program insert, and it is tucked in my wallet as a gentle reminder.  Here is an excerpt:


Jesus said, "I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? …. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these." 

Perhaps there still is a light at the end of the tunnel after all.



LeAnn aka pasqueflower

Lily of the Valley photo by Jeff on Scripture Zealot Blog

Light at the End of the Tunnel was re-pinned from a Pinterest post.


  1. Hi LeAnn,

    I'm so sorry this happened to you :(
    Praying the ecomony (over here in Europe too) will pick up again next year.
    take care,

  2. What a perfect verse for the situation. Your thankful attitude is wonderful too.

  3. Good for you for having a positive attitude about this forced unpaid leave from your job.

    I have no doubt you'll make the most of it, and I'm sure many good things will come from this time, some of which you already mentioned.

    Will look forward to the blog posts of the new projects :).

  4. I like your positive attitude toward your situation. I wish you good luck and keep us posted.

  5. I wish you luck on finding a new job or a new direction, whichever you decide to do! You have such a wonderful attitude that I am sure something good will come of this.

    Chatter From Texas

  6. You never know what the Lord has in store for you! Beautiful verse..sometimes the Bible readings at Mass hit a personal note with me too and it is like "OK Lord, I'm listening!" As a "bit" of a control freak it has always been a struggle for me to turn things over to the Lord, but he hasn't let me down yet. Hoping you find a new, even better position and enjoy your time w/ your grandkids!

  7. Wonderful post, I know everything will work out for you

  8. What an inspirational post. You are certainly looking at this in a positive light. You are luckier than most. Enjoy this break in December and concentrate on the things you enjoy.

  9. I'm sorry to hear about the job loss! But I love your positive attitude :)

  10. I am so sorry to hear that. It is amazing how you can hear the right thing at the right time... I am glad to hear you have some work and will hopefully enter into the "I quit my day job" (only for real this time)because your etsy shop is amazing. hang in there.