How I’m Dealing with My Unemployment (Personal)

Hey friends!

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A lot of you have already said you’d love a little more personal posts on the blog, which I’ve come to realize that I don’t do that anymore. When I first started out with my blog, I was a little more personal than I am now, but I think as I have gotten into school, thinking about my future business, etc., I strayed from that because I was, to be honest, scared. When you’re personal out in the open on a blog, anyone can see it. You’re vulnerable. As a young woman, that just freaked me out. But, the community of healthy living bloggers and the full time support, I have become aware that there really isn’t a reason I should be scared.

What I really wanted to blog about today was the fact that I’m jobless. Did I hesitate on this subject? Yeah…you bet.

“OMG”

*GASP!* “JOBLESS!”

“WHAT?”

“That’s a shame!”

“YOU NEED A JOB, AUDREY”

Just a few of the things I hear day to day…

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I haven’t had a job for about a month but I haven’t really said much about it. You might have seen a couple of things I tweeted, but that’s it.

What I’m here to say today has nothing to do with negativity. No complaints, no discouragement, no crap.

Here’s how I’m dealing with my unemployment:

FAITH

Faith isn’t “Man, I hope that happens” and then you begin hoping, then doubting, then hoping, then you give up. That’s NOT faith. Faith, is having complete trust in something. Which, the something I’m talking about, is God. (Please, remember this is how I’m dealing with it)

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

And faith doesn’t just ‘happen’. You must build it and feed it!

For example, Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

I’ve taken this time that I have off, to completely focus on Him. He has a plan.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Jesus calls us to meditate on the Word daily…

John 8:31-32 “Then said Jesus said to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Look, I’m not perfect and I have days where I’ve neglected Him and His Word and I still have to slow down and focus.

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So, while I’m being told I don’t have enough experience for a job that I know THAT I could do (I can do all things through Christ), or when someone doesn’t give me an opportunity, or somebody acts like they’ll hire me but then they don’t, I cast that over on the Lord! He shall supply all my needs and take all my burdens. I know He has a plan far greater than I could imagine! So, to my feelings and emotions, that picture above looks like it describes a lot of what I’m going through with job searching…but in my spirit and feeding it the Word of God, that picture HAS NOTHING to do with me. God made me a promise and He is the truth, the light, and the way!

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BEING THANKFUL

I’m thankful that the only job I have right now, is reading His Word, teaching myself more SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING, HTML & CSS skills, blogging, and throwing myself into my studies for nutrition school.

God has given me some amazing skills and a passion for what I mentioned above, and its not because of me that I have them. He has put them in my heart. So, I’m not bragging. I’m just thankful.

I’m also thankful for all of you guys…every blogger and reader I have come across have this wonderful touch of inspiring me and each other. I think that is quite simply, an amazing gift to have.

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REJOICING

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade…is something I could go on about and be super cliché. But that’s lame. Let’s be real here, life doesn’t give you stupid lemons and no one makes lemonade. We buy it, because who wants to squeeze lemons? Also, lemonade can make you fat (SUGAR OVERLOAD) Okay, maybe not…unless you drink it all the time. But you get what I’m saying!

My life is at a crazy turning point right now, I have no idea what direction I’m headed in and since I’m trusting God to lead me, I can’t plan anything out. I’m pretty much just doing my part, looking and applying for jobs, meditating daily on His Word, asking for wisdom, and praying humbly before Him!

So, at this crazy point in my life, I’m not making lemonade. I’m rejoicing!

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice!”

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ENJOYING MY CREATIVITY

My previous job was far from home, which wasn’t always the best. It left me with lack of creativity. I didn’t have the time to create fun recipes, workouts, or take adventures. Right now, I’m totally embracing all what I’ve missed. Lately, I’ve completely enjoyed making recipes like:

MONEY & STATISTICS AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON ME

God is bigger than money. He is bigger than statistics. He is bigger than discouragement. He IS bigger.

That’s all I have to say.

I’ve been told by many, “Audrey, its hard to get a job right now,” and yeah, okay thanks for the support (sarcasm BTW). Do you not read His words? You say you are a Christian but decide you’d rather fill me up with doubt? That is of the WORLD, but my God is not of the WORLD! HE IS OF HEAVEN, FAITH, LOVE, AND KINDNESS!

God said in His Word that he will equip me with all that I need to do His will and good works. I believe he can do more than my mind can imagine. I’m ready!

You might ask me, “Well, Audrey, why would God let you be unemployed?” But I say, is it because of God that I’m unemployed? Maybe…but if it were so, I know that he is righteous in all his WAYS and KIND in all HIS works! So, in my opinion, if he wanted me to not have a job right now, it’s because he wants me depend on Him, seek Him, and pray. He is a God of truth…and I need to focus on the truths He gives us in the Bible. My times are in His hands and the moment He chooses to reveal the job, career, or opportunity He wants me to have, He will.

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Dear Readers,

Please take note that I will never, ever, ever try to push anything on you. That’s not what this post is. This post is about how I’M DEALING with MY unemployment. I wanted to share something uplifting, personal, and encouraging on my blog. This is me right now. I’m taking off the blogger coat, stepping into ‘Audrey’ today and presenting to you my current life.

Thank you for reading and hope that maybe these words could give you some light in your tunnel, if needed!

Blessed going in, and blessed going out!

See y’all tomorrow for a recipe!

Question:

  • Have you ever overcome the ‘job world’?
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Happy 1 year Blog Anniversary & I Enrolled in Nutrition School!

Good morning all!

Today, January 7th, is my 1st anniversary for my blog. Last year at this time, it dawned on me what I should call my blog. I was looking at two different words:

“in shape” and “cupcake”

And all of a sudden, I looked at my mom and I said “I finally know what I’ll call my blog! In Shape Cupcake!”

You don’t understand, it took me like a month to figure out what to call my blog. It was taking all my brain energy just trying to put something together.

My very first blog post –> Drinking Green Smoothies

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Some of my favorite blog posts:

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…”I haven’t touched pop tarts since I was 10.”

 

I have been through a lot since last year. A ton of changes have occurred and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • I’ve grown in my spiritual faith. God is always #1 in this world. He is the CENTER of it all. It’s not about me…it is about HIM!
  • My grandmother passed away, but she’s in Heaven, praising the Lord.
  • I was offered an amazing job this Fall.
  • I experienced how it feels when your car almost breaks down in the middle of the night on a highway. Freaky.
  • I started going to WORD ALIVE International Outreach Church in August and I hope I don’t have to go to another church forever!
  • I graduated high school and I’m so GLAD!
  • I discovered cappuccinos and they are so foamy!
  • I’ve been able to give and let my light shine

Photo: Yesterday, my mom and I went to help package food! Word Alive Church is just so awesome! #project58 #shine #pray #fast #give #Isaiah58

I also have a big announcement!

For the past 2 years, I’ve been wanting to enroll in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. That is what I chose instead of college. I wanted some that fit me. A place that had Audrey written all over it. And IIN was the school!

I finally enrolled yesterday and I’m so darn happy about it!

IIN is…”The Health Coach Training Program is a year-long online course specially designed for people who are passionate about health and wellness. Whether you’re interested in learning about nutrition, launching a meaningful new career, or even changing the world, Integrative Nutrition will empower you to transform your life and achieve your personal and professional goals.”  Source

I know a few other bloggers who have graduated and they absolutely loved it. But I just know this is what I need to do and I’m more than excited.

I start in February and I can NOT wait! Eek!

1 year from now, I’ll be graduated and a certified health coach. Then it will be time to start my personal training certification with NASM. So I’m buckling down and I’m ready!

My dream is to have my own health and fitness studio that focuses on personal one on one training and coaching that empowers women. It’s all about health and love. Not about just how great you look. That is only a perk. I also hope to do a lot more because I’ve got some crazy good ideas.

If you want to know more about the program, just ask this crazy runner.

I also hope to do some recaps on how much I like the program (every once in a while) and will do a full recap when I’m graduated. Stay tuned!

XXAudrey