Dear Annie: Retail employee ashamed of his work history, lack of college degree
Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 15 years. During that time, I worked in several retail and grocery store jobs. Currently I’m not working because most of the jobs in retail and grocery stores make me work nights and weekends, and in doing so, I hardly ever see my husband as he works long hours. and travel.
When we first met, I owned my own house, had savings and no debt, and worked as a waitress. I had the same amount of money for my wedding as he did. My husband makes a lot of money and I’m really good at budgeting and saving. So our current arrangement is working well for us. My problem is that when I’m introduced to people and they ask me what I’m doing, I don’t know what to say. I can’t say I’m a stay-at-home mom because we don’t have kids.
I now try to avoid meeting new people because most of the time it goes wrong. Where I live, people network all the time, so it’s common for them to ask me where I’m working in the first few minutes after meeting. Before, when I told people I worked in retail, some would make condescending remarks. My husband’s family has constantly snubbed me because of the retail and waitress jobs I have had and my lack of a college degree. What should I say? – Unemployed and uncomfortable
Dear Unemployed: When people ask you what you do, tell them what you do – your hobbies and passions – and feel free to share your work history. There is nothing wrong with working in retail. An office job doesn’t make someone a better person. For proof, just look at your in-laws, who, despite all their college degrees, seem damn ignorant.
Dear Annie: This is in response to “regrettable mom,” who says she was a neglectful mother and her grown children shut her out of their lives. Depression is a very serious problem, but can be overcome with personal reflection and a determination that life can be more joyful and happy. Brain chemistry can be changed with a change in diet, exercise, changing thought processes, and knowing that God loves you and wants you to be healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically.
40 years ago, I suffered from depression from a failed marriage and an overwhelming feeling of never being happy again. Before marriage I was happy, so what has changed? I grew up with a strong sense of God’s presence in my life, but years of negative emotions and feelings of worthlessness have taken their toll.
I changed my diet, started taking a B vitamin complex for stress, exercised and practiced yoga regularly, went back to church and walked away. surrounded by positive people, thoughts and things that I loved and needed. Gradually, I managed to get out of my depression. It won’t happen overnight, but little by little, “Regretful” will become an example of positive behavior for her children, and they might come back. She needs to focus on creating new memories and a good life for herself and her children. – Blessed and happy woman
Dear Blessed: These are all wonderful tips for improving your mood and overall health, alongside advice from a doctor.
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