Unemployment : 7 Lessons From A Year Without Income

I took every ounce of my year of unemployment as an opportunity for personal evolution, and came across with these major realisations.

To clarify that I did not get fired, rather that I resigned from the corporate world because I had other career plans for myself. But, those plans didn’t happen on my timeline. As a consequence, I lived with my parents and had zero active income for nearly 1 year! So, here are the lessons my unemployment brought for me.

#1 – Whatever resources I need, will come to me exactly when I need them.

I’d heard a lot about the abundance mindset that is promoted in the spiritual community, but this became my first-hand experience.

The first concern people have, is the loss of a security net. Though I lived with my parents, there were some financial expenses and assets that I continued to take care of independently.

There was a certain amount of money I needed to complete my pending investments in the upcoming years, but being unemployed, my savings were not fitting.

It might sound unbelievable, but the truth is, as soon as the next instalment would come around the corner and my account was depleted, I received the financial support I needed through different means, such as a gift, older investment maturing or returns from tax.

Money, Dollars, Success, Business, Employed

This happened on several occasions and now I have a safety net big enough to even generate some savings, too. πŸ™‚

The first life-lessons helped me experience the Divine Law of Compensation up close. And boy, was it refreshing!

#2 – You get to choose your story.

I often got judged, hard.

At first, I used to try to invoke sympathy by saying that I was fed up of my job and that it wasn’t my thing, and this and that… but later I realised, I was only trying to seek approval and second-guessing myself every time gave me that look of disappointment.

My story is as simple as this, now. I’m transitioning into a more fulfilling role. And in the process, I’m building my presence as a writer. πŸ™‚

#3 – Other people’s success does not mean I’m failing. Unemployment does not mean failure.

I was always somewhat proud to say that I’ve never felt envious before. Until the day my best friend started getting back-to-back job offers and I sensed a tinge of envy.

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He took it really well, held compassion and even admiration that we could be so honest with each other. This became the opportunity for me to see that my life is succeeding in other spaces.

#4 – Unemployment doesn’t equate to purposelessness (I spelled that right on the first shot, phew!).

I used to work 5 days a week, now I work 7.

Building a morning and evening routine for myself was the best decision I could have ever made, and I’m only sorry I waited 25 years! I am able to do EXACTLY what I want to do with my time. And this has improved my mental health in ways I cannot even begin to describe.

Here are some other tips to take into account, around self-care.

#5 – You learn how to un-workaholic yourself.

Like I said, post leaving my job, I became occupied around the clock. Even if they were meaningful ventures, it took me a lot of patience to undo my need to work too much.

brown dog watching on laptop computer

I started balancing myself. First, I became active, but not necessarily productive, in business terms.

Also, I wasn’t a couch potato, infact I only watched a few minutes of comedy at the end of every day, but the rest of my time was devoted to my well-being and spreading the Light.

#6 – Unemployment is lonely.

I love being alone, it’s my comfort zone, to be honest. But even to me, it became quite lonely. When I was working and constantly surrounded by people, I always craved solitude. I spent whatever time I had after work just soaking in my own energy and trying to experience ‘freedom’.

Now that I had it unbarred, it taught me so much about the need for companionship. I began to appreciate group meditation, workshops and even collaborations with people for my blog. Heartfulness Meditation group sessions were one of such grounding activities that brought me greater peace.

A big lesson came forward – we aren’t meant to live life on Earth alone. We just need to learn to live it with detachment and compassion. As my husband puts it, inter-dependent versus co-dependent.

#7 – Balance is NOT effortless, atleast not at first.

In the truest sense, unemployment taught me to balance myself in a way, that no job can teach anyone. When you are fully accountable of yourself, it can be daunting. Full accountability means being able to make small choices at every awake moment.

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Do you spend your day sleeping because you slept late at night?
Do you take a shower the first thing in the morning or skip a few days at a time? Or…Do you spend time reading a book, or in front of the TV?

It calls for the need to have certain routines, to keep growing, educating yourself and moving forward even if not in terms of a paid career.

And most importantly, my unemployment taught me that my job doesn’t define who I am.

I define who I am.

And I am a little more awesome, every single day! πŸ˜‰

P.S. If you’re wondering how to find your life purpose, this post could help. These are the series of steps I followed to narrow down my options, and I have faith that it will bring you some clarity too!


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53 thoughts on “Unemployment : 7 Lessons From A Year Without Income”

  1. I’m thinking to leave my job. But I can’t live for long without any income. But even little money is enough. I can live happily. This corporate job is taking all my time. I want to find my connection with the universe. I don’t know if I have to leave everything behind

    1. Hi Shivaram, I understand… went through the same questions for many years! And you don’t necessarily have to quit your job to find your connection with the Universe. There’s a saying “the obstacle in our spiritual path, IS our spiritual path”. πŸ™‚

      Feel free to drop me an email at contact@myspiritualshenanigans.blog if you’d like to talk in more detail about this, I’m always happy to help! πŸ™‚

  2. So, I’m curious – how do you make income now? From your blog? If so, I would love to know how! I mean I know all of the routes, but I can’t get anything to actually make money. it’s driving me insane. But, if you’re livin the backpack type life, thats cool too!

    1. Hehe, I know what you mean. Ads didn’t work out for me, and affiliate marketing is so-so… And so lately I’ve been plugging away by conducting workshops and webinars! I’m wondering if there’s a possibility for you to do that in your blog?

    1. Please don’t ever, ever feel embarassed because you are not employed! It is a natural state of human being, roaming the planes, hunting and gathering, breathing, living, runing, swimming, enjoying your one and only life that you have. Being in nature you’ll notice that badgers, swallows, wolfs and bears don’t work from 9 to 5, and niether should we.

  3. I worked for almost 14 years with a different company and I must say when I lost my job I feel lonely for that time awesome post!

  4. I needed to read this. I am coming up to month 7 of being unemployed. I know I am much better off now than i was at my job. This definitely hit me hard. Pinning this for later!

  5. Great list! What a challenging time. I love the idea that you get to write your own story… we have so much power over our destiny based on our mentality.

  6. I remember when I lost my job because I chose to go traveling for a longer period of time. I thought I was lost, but in fact, it was the best thing that could have ever happen to me. Looking back now, if I wouldn’t have taken the decision to leave anyway, my life would have probably been still in an office, working a 9 to 5 job that I hated.

  7. Wow, what an experience being unemployed for a year. It might seen as a negative thing but if you take a step back, unemployment can be a good thing: you can find purpose and just unwind.

  8. This article was great. I think every should experience a moment of sabbatical and not work. We are so caught up in our jobs defining who we are and should be. We don’t take a moment to just be still and find ourselves,

  9. I love how positive you were during that time. I never truly experienced the unemployment as I was always going straight from jobs to jobs. But I am wondering – what was your biggest struggle? Being unemployed?

    1. Thanks Anja! For me, hmm.. it was learning to let my parents financially support me again, and cutting down my expenses to accommodate my circumstances.

  10. Thanks for sharing your story. I recently decided to take a bit of a break from work. This is exactly what I needed!

  11. Brilliant post. I have been unemployed on several occasions and it’s tough but it really does allow you to find who you are, what you want and re-evaluate.

    Thank you for sharing x

  12. Hey Vasundhara, loved reading this. It talks about a lot of wrong fears attached to unemployment, we have within ourselves. I could relate to this post at many levels. Thanks for writing this piece.

    1. Thanks Manan!! The learning that came from this experience is something that changed my life. Glad you could resonate off this too. 😊

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