You tell me that there are places that you love to shop and companies that you really admire, so pay attention to whether those places have jobs available. Check to see if they're hiring right now. Just put down all those dream employers, or even dream individuals, that you'd love to work for on a piece of paper.
Make a List of 50 People to Call:
Make a list of 50 people who you could call about your job search. These aren't your best friends, but these are people who you know in your community. They are people from church, your friends, your family, the parents of your kids' friends. Think broadly. Maybe you haven't talked to them in a while, but you certainly shouldn't be shy about reconnecting.
Take a Deep Breath:
I know this is overwhelming when it's coming at you all at once, especially when there is that financial necessity and that big pressure to find something right now. But when you break these things down in small steps, it really is manageable. And anytime you're feeling overwhelmed, ask yourself, now what is it that I am going to allow to guide me? Will it be fear? Or faith? Is it going to be fear that nobody's hiring, I have nothing to offer, the economy's dismal, this is never going to work? And those kind of thoughts paralyze you.
Have faith in yourself, faith in your abilities, faith in the knowledge that you have something really valuable to offer to people. Be proud that you're willing to take the necessary steps. Believe that life is on your side and good things are going to happen.