I spent 5 months without earning a regular paycheck

and I became a better person.

The backstory, in case you'd like to know more; I moved to Minnesota with my husband for him to start his brand new job. We were thrilled! I even had the opportunity to freelance for my former employer for the first few months after the move. 

Once that job wrapped up I was left with only myself, no one telling me what to do next or how to do approach this new territory. In the very beginning I felt two things: Overwhelming confusion and liberation.

I had a very strong urge to just take the first job that came my way. Only after reading through forums and forums of job postings that didn't resonated with me did I know that the only way I would know what to do next was if I gain a better understanding of who I am and what I value… Think 'makeover of the soul' as Cher from the movie Clueless put it best :)

What I gained from the past few months was major growth in creativity and a boost in confidence with my point of view and voice.

It took a lot of trial and error to uncover the best ways to improve myself. The impact of all of this self improvement was becoming a better help to others, which in turn, can mean better for future employers and/or collaborators.

So If you ever find yourself in the uncomfortable position of being unemployed, All this week I'll be sharing my tips to use this time well.

I was going to do this all in one post, but it was turning into a serious TL;DR amount of information and I think these tips are too useful to be just shoved into one post that's too overwhelming to read.

REAL QUICK shoutout to all of you that currently have a job, especially if you are feeling stuck in that job, but don't know how to move on — a lot of these tips I'm sharing are things that I plan to continue to use in my life, even with a job. Sure, these things have been scaled back a bit, but self improvement is never a job that's finished, it keeps evolving. I hope that this series will be useful to you and anyone who needs extra motivation in their day to day lives.

And with that, I'll see you tomorrow with my first tip!