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Job loss is both emotionally and financially draining. When the family provider looses his job for one reason or another it is draining on all members of the family.
It is important to work together as a team and set goals for the future. When my husband lost his job in the middle of the winter we weathered the storm as a team. I won’t lie to you it was hard.
Financially, we didn’t have much savings to fall back on we relied on my single income, dipped into our savings and fell into debt. This financial roller coaster could have broken us, but it didn’t we stuck together when many families start falling apart. We set budgets, we cut spending and we worked as a team. My husband went back to school and I supported him in doing so. We revised his resume and sent out application, after application, after application. When the oil industry tanked lots of Canadians and Americans lost their jobs, vehicles and their homes. Some have found jobs and some are still looking. We lucked out, my husband fell back on his previous construction skills and created a job for himself in an industry he knew well.
Emotionally, it was hard on both of us. Woman are generally programmed to nurture and they feel safe when there is a provider and an income to support their family. Men are generally programmed to be the provider and the protector. Emotionally, I don’t think the job loss was what rocked me. In fact I know it wasn’t I knew we would get through the loss as a team. I knew that my husband was smart, I knew that he was talented and he knew he had my support both emotionally and financially. We would get through this.
What rocked me and what brought me down to zero was the disappointment in sending out resume, after resume, after resume and hearing nothing. No phone calls, no job offers, nothing. I felt so defeated as a wife. I was suppose to be the supportive wife and see the silver lining. I was defeated that no one was seeing the remarkable skill and possibilities in my husband. My husband saw my defeat and he supported me. He told me we would get through it. He sheltered me through the storm, he supported me and lifted me up when I felt down.
We were a team, supporting each other through his job loss.
Today we are still supporting each other. Budgeting, planning and moving toward a better future. We have currently paid of $7,600 in debt working together.
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