Today marks the official one-week marker since I was laid-off from my job. Yes, I realize I am not alone and that the national unemployment rate is quickly approaching the 10% mark. But, this is an all time first for me, and I must admit it has been a whirlwind week of emotions. Initially, I was just plain SHOCKED! I mean, I saw the writing on the wall with my company and all of the changes that had been going on, but come on... no one ever thinks it will really happen. Well, it did. So, I proceeded to drink a lot of wine that first night to try and numb the pain. Unfortunately, that was probably not the best way to deal, as I felt like CRAP the next day! The next emotion to set in was fear. Fear of finding a new job, fear of there being a job, fear of finances and fear of failure. I tried to overcome this emotion by being as proactive as possible! I got my resume updated and started the job search! Landed myself my first phone interview on day 3 (which has lead to a face-to-face interview this week)! This gave me some hope. Another emotion that has set in is utter gratitude. I have been blown away by the kindness of family & friends! You have all done so much to lift my spirits, help to network and just brighten my days with random acts of kindness!