Originally Posted by applecider
How did it go Journeymom? I am in a similar boat as you, but I don't need a job for financial reasons...which makes it all the harder to go and find one. But I'm fairly sure that having one will improve my life.
Eh. It went fine. It's all about perspective. I'm sure to the people on the interview panel I came across as creaky and totally nervous. But I came away from the interview totally psyched, because I felt like I did way better than I thought I would. For one thing I didn't freeze up and I had decent answers to all their questions. I'm so literal-minded, I absolutely dread those open-ended questions you're supposed to just...riff on. Expand upon the suggested subject. I seriously doubt I'll be invited back for a second interview, but that's OK. This was a good experience for me, I just need to do this about 7 more times...
Improve my life: being home without the kids, without regular interaction with other adults, for this many years, I feel slow and out of it. My senses are dulled. I've gotten fearful and my self-esteem has taken a big hit. I've given up dreaming and hoping my life will get better. But it takes so little stimulation to make me feel better, lol! Two weeks ago dh and I went to a sort of college class reunion. It was sooo fun! It was awesome to see these people I hadn't seen in 20 years, and I came away inspired. And again last night, dh and I went to a concert featuring one guy from the same college crowd, a guy who has become a university professor in music. He's so talented, and the music was so different and interesting (modern, experimental music). We went to a party afterwards which turned into a whole 'nuther class reunion. It's inspiring to see what others have been doing with their lives. One gal that I wasn't particularly close to back in the day, I decided she's pretty cool. She weaves beautiful things with yarn that she dyed herself with home made dyes. Like the scarf she wore last night that was this lovely tan color, dyed with mushrooms... so cool.
Lol! Anyway I digress. Suffice it to say, while staying home with the kids was great, and having the luxury to not have to face social issues that had been plaguing me my whole life was invaluable -it went on far too long.
And I cannot recommend enough that stay at home mamas take some time when their kids are in school to do some skills improvement! Whether it's keeping up your law degree at seminars or taking a class to learn once and for all how to use Microsoft Excel spread sheets.
I've got more to say, have to go.