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All Christmas All the Time: Can it be done?

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Posted 06-17-2010 at 10:00 PM by Jeff Westover
Updated 07-26-2010 at 09:01 PM by Jeff Westover

In early May, the Great Recession knocked on my door and now I am numbered with the unemployed.

As I take stock of my situation and the world at large it has become clear that even as a man in his mid-40's I have fewer career options than ever. For a long time, as I've noted here and in my personal blog, I've operated this and a number of other websites on the side. I've kept them in my back pocket dreaming that maybe one day -- once the kids are settled - I could just hang out here where the walls bleed Christmas full time as my job.

That dream day has been envisioned as one where I was sitting on a pile of retirement money in a little cabin in the mountains where my bride and I could enjoy the grandkids while explaining to them that this is what Grandpa does for a living -- My Merry Christmas.com.

Things aren't turning out quite that way.

I know there is no chance of replacing the job I just lost. I know there is no way life as I knew it could ever again happen. I know that now is the time.

But the big question is: can it be done?

On the one side of the argument, I am adamantly positive. Inside my head are crammed hundreds of ideas -- things I want to do with My Merry Christmas, new designs, new features, new stuff. Oh yeah -- it can all be done with enough time and energy and love and money and blood, sweat and tears.

Not a doubt in my mind can it be done.

But on the other side of it, I am less than positive. Can I generate enough revenue to support my still growing family. My youngest is 8 and my eldest is 24. Six daughters and a son. There are weddings and church missions and college all yet to pay for. We live -- by choice and by necessity -- pretty modestly. But a family of nine has needs and that is my responsibility. I find it more daunting that ever under these circumstances.

But here's the God's truth: what choice do I have right now?

Jobs aren't growing on trees. The economy isn't getting any better. And if I am to find not only sustenance but fulfillment I'm going to have to create it on my own.

And that means right here...right now.

Yes, all of my family will kick in (you might actually see some more of them around here now) and we'll put up a great fight. We're going to DO some of the things we have been dreaming of doing here and offline.

It not only can be done. It has to be done.
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    Jeff, I am so sorry that this has happened to you and your family. Please let me know if there is any way I may help. Keep your faith. We are all with you.
    Posted 06-18-2010 at 03:15 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
 
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