On Saturday morning, I received an email from the BlogHer community that spoke to me. Regarding their participation with the Create Jobs for USA program. They asked bloggers to share stories about the effects of the economy on their lives and to link over to the creat jobs site. For every blog, BlogHer will donate $5. Here is my story: I closed on my first home the same week IndyMac collapsed. IndyMac was my mortgage provider. Although, that had no affect on my home and my purchase - I have always believed it to be an important part of my journey through this economy.
In 2009, I graduated with my MBA. Along with my fellow classmates, I felt like I was on top of the world. In 2010, I was unemployed. I held various odd jobs, did some independent contractor work and found my love for teaching dance and fitness. I became a certified personal trainer and found a hobby/job that I loved.
In early 2011, I was employed again. Employed and still teaching dance and fitness. Finally feeling like I could pay off debt, get myself back together, and start saving money and put thought into my very own health and wellness center. Once again, the economy has attacked and on Friday, I learned that I was now underemployed. I still have a "job" but it's a part-time job and if I don't figure things out soon, it WILL set me back ONCE AGAIN.
I've held on to my home and I have found many creative, entrepreneurial ways to stay afloat and remain happy. I consider myself lucky. I know many other Americans, haven't found such passions or have other things going on in their lives that keep them from taking risks or learning something new.
I'm joining the conference call tomorrow to learn more about the program. Here's more information on joining the call in case you are interested: