Comments by leonelsanchez

Change of plans to minister to a laid off friend

Appreciate the comments and suggestions on self-starting. Since losing my job and becoming self employed I've been staying up late studying and writing and waking up early. Probably would sleep in but I gotta take my kids to school and I don't feel much like sleeping afteward.

Starbucks, all over the city, have become my personal offices. It's a good vibe. They play music and I love writing to music.

This episode in my life is something I worry about and it's something I romantize also. I'll look back on all this one day.

Can't help but compare it to a movie I've been watching late at night during past couple of months. It's called "Blindness" and it's a metaphor for what's happened to many people who've lost their jobs in my opinion.

Sorry if I give away the plot and the ending but this is my metaphor.

In the movie, people mysteriously go blind from a virus and are quarantined. They're isolated, the same way laid off people are initially separated from the employed.

They bond with each other the same way unemployed people do to help each other out. Their goal is survival. They can't see just like the unemployed can't see where their lives are going at first. They even turn on each other because it's all about survival of the fittest.

The ending is a hopeful one. The group that stuck together breaks out their prison. The streets are isolated. They make it to one of their leader's homes and start all over.

At the end, one of them says 'I can see." His sight is restored. The blindness is temporary. So is unemployment. Don't give up hope.

Change of plans to minister to a laid off friend

There's jobs out there believe;very competitive but you have to keep trying and stay competitive. I just bought me a suit to look more presentable for a job interview. Went to a career training workshop where they told me first impressions are very important. And you're right about the resume. There's A and B and C piles and trash piles. I'm told you're supposed to put as much information in the first half of the first page cause that's what the HR folks who do the initial screening are looking at.

Change of plans to minister to a laid off friend

Unemployment is new to me and I find myself working harder than ever to improve my skills, network and keep my name out there; this blog has been a blessing because I'm doing it with my daughter. It's good for my mental health. I went to a career fair few weeks ago and they told me the main thing is networking; spend a lot of time with people you know and trust, not to hit them up for jobs necessarily but to ask for their advice. The other thing I've noticed is how fast time goes by without the structure of a 9 to 5. This tells me how short life really is and to enjoy the sweet moments as much as possible and turn those sad ones into positives. Remember people always need good writers and good photographers.

Change of plans to minister to a laid off friend

I also like saying there's a reason this or that happened to make sense of things.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Blessings to you for your tolerance and acceptance. I am your neighbor and I have witnessed the goodwill that takes place on your block. Food drives, free Halloween party and other community events. When I moved here I did not know the significance of Gethsemane in the Bible. Now I do.

San Diego to House Homeless at World Trade Center

Thanks for the update. I'm a former San Diego Union-Tribune reporter, laid off, and wrote several stories about this project. Father Joe's Village actually had a competing bid for a one-stop homeless center but lost out to the PATH folks. I liked the idea that this one-stop model could be replicated in other parts of the county. Homelessness is not just a downtown problem

What this blog is about

This is a photo of Leonel standing in front of the Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library,a community treasure. We'll be blogging about it soon. We're regulars

Better to Try and Fail then to Fail to Try

Good job Bianca. Your ambition led us to this project we're doing and you're right this is good exposure. You're officially a blogger.

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