Having just hit a milestone birthday, I’m an unemployed, wife, mother, and daughter who is in the middle of a midlife crisis, an economic crisis or, most likely, both. I can’t find a job, and I seem to have lost my way. I’m well educated, and both people and tests tell me I’m smart and capable. If that’s the case, then why do I feel as though someone has dropped me into the middle of the dark forest with no GPS, no compass, not even a map and a flashlight.
In 2008, the recession hit my family hard. We lost our business, our home, pretty much our entire life. We went from living comfortably to cashing in the change jar to put gas in the car. We are the nouveaux pauvres or “new poor.”
Follow me as I try to navigate this rough terrain towards some semblance of sanity. Oh, if you happen to have a map and a flashlight to aid me in this journey, please toss them my way!