Hey, I can understand about the moving back home thing……I had to do the same after I’d been out on my own for seven years. I was between jobs at the time, and although I’ll admit it wasn’t easy, it WAS temporary! And it will be for you, too. Try to remember that….it’ll make it more bearable. In the meantime, try not to think about it ahead of time if at all possible. One day at a time, and each thing as it comes!
Okay, the motivation dilemma. When I have a lot of work to tackle, and it’s the last thing I want to do, here’s the game I play to break it down: it may sound silly, but I use the ol’ egg timer method. I set a timer for a certain amount of time (if I’m in dire straits, I might make it 15-20 mins to start) and I make an agreement with myself that I will work on whatever the project is until the timer goes off, and then I am allowed to take a break. I often surprise myself into doing more than the prescribed 15-20 mins, as it’s often the case that getting started is the toughest part. Knowing that I’m only committed to a short period of time seems to make it less overwhelming. Keep going, if you can, for as many timer periods as you’re able. Let’s face it, even 20 minutes of something is MUCH better than nothing! You’ll be surprised, I think, how much better you will feel just getting a start on something.
I don’t know if you will recall, but Megan (in her reply to you on the Serious Panic thread) asked if maybe you could put off the job search until you get in a better place with school assignments. Is this a possibility?
I’m not sure what kind of job you have now, but handling constructive criticism can be a challenge for all of us. Can you give an example of what you’re dealing with in that regard?
Sorry the weekend didn’t turn out as planned/hoped, but I’m glad you’re going to a study session. Excellent plan! Let me know how that goes.
I don’t feel like the best one to give you advice on the financial dilemma, but maybe someone else will have some suggestions!
Things aren’t too great for me right now, as I just got back from an out of town visit to my brother’s place. To put it in a nutshell, he has the same out of control temper that our father had while we were growing up, and when I saw him unleashing it on his kids today, I took him aside and told him I thought he was overreacting, and to please not scream at the kids. Well, you can imagine how that went! I was cursed out and thrown out of his home. Another delightful, Waltons-esque moment in the Raniah family.
I’ll pray for both of us to be able to cope this evening. I hope your studying goes well and makes you feel less anxious about your test. Keep me posted.