The 5 Tigers represent the big things in life. This blog is about facing them.

Running Out of Unemployment

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I’m at a bit of a scary place, financially.

I’ve been off work since December and collecting unemployment. It’s not very much money but I can live on it, especially since I have some savings.

However, I have just requested my last unemployment payment. I am now out of benefit money.

I am looking for a job, but it’s hard to find one that pays well. I make good money working for the government, I don’t expect to make as much in the private sector, but I’d like to make more than 50% of my government pay.

I am going to start the process for peer support counselor certification. The first stage is only $75 and I’ve got that at the moment. Getting the certification for billing Medicaid is another $650 but I really need to have a job as a peer in order to qualify anyway. It requires something like 3000 hours of practice, which is about 18 months of full time work.

Of course I will re-file for unemployment. I did work for about 3 months so I may qualify for another award. Anything could happen.

I am stressed about money, but it could be much worse. I have my cats and my art, I can go to support groups until I have a job, I can volunteer. I have friends and good roommates. I just need to find a job, either one that pays well or one I can leave without remorse when the government calls me back.

Author: Allison Leonard / Kiss5Tigers

I like sci-fi movies, and I noticed that I like the noir ones best. They are almost universally set in a sort of post-apocalyptic dystopia. I later realized, I find them comforting and familiar, probably because I live there, at least in my inner life. Perhaps things are not as bleak as they seem, or perhaps I am simply learning to keep a better attitude. This is the chronicle of my adventures. May you find something valuable here.

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