Am I Ever Gonna Catch a Break?

Updated on February 21, 2012
P.G. asks from San Antonio, TX
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I just need some encouragement - I've been looking for full time work and found a job just before Christmas that was very close to home. Fast forward 2 months and I got laid off. It's a small company, and they'd been doing some restructuring of the department. One of the directors left a few weeks ago and I think it changed the whole direction of the department. Bye-bye me. They're paying me through the pay period, which is great, and kinda tells me that it really was situation and not performance.

But I'm SO sad. I really enjoyed the people, the work, and it was a nice fit. I feel like I just can't catch a break. Things haven't gone right for so long that I'm just frustrated and exhausted.

Believe me, I know it could be MUCH worse. I'm already meeting with my college career counseling office tomorrow (I've returned to school in my 40's :) I've started making calls and am going to do everything I can. I just need a little encouragement. Can you moms share your challenges that turn to "it gets better" stories?

Thank you!

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answers from Miami on

Good Luck to you. Its hard I'm at a job that sends me home crying from the stress and I don't dare leave it cause of the economy.

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answers from San Francisco on

If you thank God for what he has DONE for you, what he is DOING for you and what he is GOING to do, you will be fine. Nothing to do about "catching a break"....some folks don't even get it when they got a break.


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answers from Appleton on

You will when you believe you will.

It's part of the laws of attraction. Not only does you are what you eat work so does you are what you think. Garbage in garbage out.

Get rid of stinkin' thinkin' and you will rebound and be better off financially and in all other places in your life. But it takes time.

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answers from Dallas on

I've been in that overwhelming hole you are in and things got better, so.....

Yes, things get better! Have you ever heard of the "Law of Attraction?"

See it, feel it, believe it and things improve! For example if you worry about something then you attract that worry to you. It's kind of a 1/2 cup full/empty kinda thing. So do your best to see what you want. Consider making a list. Then sit quietly and see it. Imagine it, but also imagine what it feels like and imagine it is happening now. Keep it up and I think you will attract a break!

Of course you are bummed out. You have had some tough breaks, but my favorite line from the movie Galaxy Quest kind of says it..... "Never Give Up, Never Surrender!!" So hang in there. Things can turn around on a dime. I believe they will for you!

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answers from Redding on

I've raised two kids as a single mom and you don't know how many times I've been terrified, scared, overwhelmed, frustrated and tired.
But, let me tell you something I truly believe....
The thing about faith is that it takes care of itself if you really have it.
It's not always easy, I promise you.
It can be faith in God, it can be faith that the universe somehow has brought you to exactly where you are for a reason. I think sometimes our own negative thoughts can really have an impact on our circumstances and the way they turn out.

Instead of asking, "Am I ever going to catch a break"?
Tell yourself, "That break I need is going to come".

I went on a job interview and I REALLY wanted that job because it seemed perfect in so many ways. And, I NEEDED to get it. It was between me and one other candidate. Long story short, I didn't get the job and was so worried about money. It was a fluke of nature kind of thing, but I landed a job up the street one week later and it was a better personality fit, I was more adapted to it.
My point is that sometimes we can't see the "plan".
I didn't get the other job because I wasn't meant to have it. I wouldn't have been happy there. I wouldn't have gained all the networking and community contact that would serve me so well.

You have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and just somehow have an expectation that something will give. It may just be a stepping stone, but that's how one gets across a river, isn't it?

Hang in there and expect for things, with your diligence, to look up.

Best wishes.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Sometimes....we have to make our own breaks!
Get back out there, chin up, keep looking! Be POSITIVE!
Do your research on the companies to which you are applying.
Tell everyone you know that you're looking for a job.
The job market IS breaking loose, contrary to what people think.
You only need O.! :)

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answers from Dallas on

I have been in that position before. In fact, 3 years ago, I was in Kellhy's position. My job was stressful and I was so miserable there. I felt as though my boss was "out to get me." She did win in the end and I was asked to find other employment. (They did let me stay until I found another job, which was nice. But I know these orders came from my boss's boss.) The day they asked me to find another job, I was so upset. My husband had also been having job troubles (mainly finding a decent one) and I just didn't know what we would do. But it turned out, that was the best thing that ever happened to me because I ended up finding the job I am currently at and I LOVE it. This is by far the best job I have ever had and I hope to be with this company for as long as I have to work. So, sometimes bad things happen so that the good things can come along. Keep your head up. Your "good thing" will come along too. Good luck.

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answers from Honolulu on

2 yrs ago bc of the military I moved to a new location in a foreign country. Within 2 weeks of my arrival I was in an accident bc while using my GPS and nerves of being somewhere new and not knowing where I was going I pulled out in front of a motorcycle bc I did not see him and when I did it was too late. At first there he lay on the ground not moving and a crowd had gathered all looking at me like I was an evil witch and I could not speak their language or understand anything being said. I was in tears and could not stop crying there was no one to turn to except the one police officer that could speak english. He finally started moving and was as fine as he was going to be considering and insurance took care of everything. But I only had liability and the drivers side of my car needed a lot of work and very expensive to fix here since $2 = 1 Euro. Everyone told me I had a huge fine coming my way also bc the accident was my fault and to scare me more I was told by "helpful people" that I was going to get sued even though I had insurance.

Then the day my household goods arrived I locked myself out of my house bc no one told me that once you close the door it locks...but the guy was nice seeing me in tears an waited for my landlord to show up 1 hr later to let me back into my house.

The stairs are slick here and the landlord does not care...I fell down them 3 times...yes 3 bruising the heck out of my butt and leg but thankful I did not break a leg or my neck. Talking to others I guess it's not uncommon to someone to fall and the laws are different here then in the states on renter safety.

That was all in a 3 month period. But I prayed during that time and gave my troubles to God and tried not to think about the trouble I thought I was in. I could not help feeling depressed. But within 10 months a guy that I worked with fixed the side of my car with computer parts and bondo..not ideal but it will get through the next couple of years that I needed it to. And within 1 year my investigation had wrapped up with no ticket nor was I sued.

There was a lot more unfortunate events that have went on over the past 2 years uncle died and my dog now needs surgery on his back leg...that will cost $700 at min. My story goes on but as each new thing develops I work through it as best I can with a hope that a positive outcome is in store and usually some how some way it all does work itself out.

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answers from Washington DC on

Yes you will just give it to god and you’ll preserver. For 2 yrs we tried for our 3 y/o before God surprised us with our 2 y/o (born with some health issues). Due to this we had to buy a new house, I had to put my career on hold to take a 7-4 job, and my marriage has had a lot of ups and downs due to the added stress but we’ve survived! My kids are happy, the house is great, I am starting back on my career path next month and my marriage has grown stronger and is continuing to grow. Just have faith, and remember our plan is not necessarily gods plan and he never gives us more then we can handle

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