5 Reasons I Need to Get the F**k Outta Here.

Via on Oct 4, 2011
photo by Pinhole Nico

1) I haven’t traveled further than 50 miles from our home in the Chicago suburbs since my business trip to California in February 2009.  That was cut short because my husband landed in the hospital with a serious infection. After fracturing his leg. Two months after getting laid off.

2) 2 1/2 years with zero income.

3) My business could not sustain us. In fact, the biz remains in debt, if you must know. We were able to keep the roof over our heads and put food on the table because of a settlement from my husband’s 2007 car accident. Of course, without the accident and all the work absences for follow-up doctor’s appointments and wrist surgeries,* would he have survived the layoffs? Not everyone in his department got axed. I digress! This is about me and my (call-it-selfish) need to get the hell outta here.

4) My husband was underfoot all the time. No offense to him–I love the guy. But, fellow married women… you know what I’m talking about, right? Not only was he unemployed, his hobbies were limited to looking for a job, reading and doing crossword puzzles. Oh, and napping.

5) For 2-1/2 years+ we couldn’t spend money (a slight repeat of #2). We constantly worried. Still paying off medical bills. What if his layoff dragged on after the settlement evaporated?

6) Plus a bunch of other stuff that certain people don’t think I should ‘put out on the internet’.

There’s Good News!

1) Our son (now 10) had his daddy home for 2 1/2 years! They’d play basketball and hockey. They wrestled and tossed the football. Watched silly shoot-em-up shows and the History Channel and sports. Oh, and Avatar, the Last Air Bender.

2) A few months ago, my hubby landed a job. I am so so soooooo grateful. But after 2-1/2 years of zero income and still in debt, we’re not exactly in a position to splurge. Oops! Back to the good news. We finally bought our son some new clothes of his own (thanks to all who have given hand-me-downs over the years). I got to replace my sunglasses (and, wouldn’t you know, the new pair broke today!) and we went out for dinner.

3) A couple months ago, we visited my brother and his family in Lake Geneva for an overnight. Ethan (my 10-year old son) was so excited. “This is our first road trip in years!” Lake Geneva is less than an hour away.

4) I have a chance in November 2012! If I get 10 people to sign up (mention my name!) for this amazing retreat in Mexico, I get to go free!

You want to get outta here, too?  Check this out below….

[If you do, I need to repeat: please be sure to mention my name (otherwise, they’ll never know I had anything to do with it and I won’t get my free trip). Not only will you be helping me get the hell outta Dodge (and not soon enough), you’ll enjoy a week of relaxation at the Maya Tulum Resort and Spa. I know you want it!]

I know there are many more pressing issues in the world that dwarf my need for a relaxing retreat. Call me selfish. I want to do something relaxing and fun and carefree. The opposite  of what I look like in  this picture. So…. sue me.

Oh, and remember: mention my name if and when you book your spot. Spaces are going fast!

* This will never be proven and was not pursued because a) we were already in the middle of a lawsuit from the accident and b) it’s not like nobody else from Citigroup got laid off.

Rewritten from a post from my blog, Putting It Out There.

About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger lives in Chicagoland with her son, husband and two cats. She loves sunrises, running, yoga, chocolate, and NYR, and has a voracious appetite for comedy. In her spare time, she blogs at myEARTH360.com and LynnHasselberger.com. A "Green Diva" and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr & @myEARTH360) and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.

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13 Responses to “5 Reasons I Need to Get the F**k Outta Here.”

  1. Carol Horton Carol Horton says:

    Lynn, I would love to go, and to help you out, but I can't afford a $1,580 trip to Mexico either . . . I'm sure, however, that there must be 10 yoga people out there who can. Good luck!

  2. Tanya Lee Markul Tanya Lee Markul says:

    This sounds incredible!!

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  3. Ok, now that I put it together that it's 2012 (and not next month) I will give it some thought… I am planning on trips to Nashville & Boulder within the next year, that may eat up most of my non-business travel budget… But I will definitely share it up to anyone I know who would be interested (and spends more $ than me on vacations;)

    • Believe me, I'm not going if I don't get it comp'd. Fortunately, we have many air miles in the bank so that will be covered, too. And I don't drink much so I won't be blowing cash once I'm there. Cheers to you, Kate!

  4. Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

    Ah Lynn, I'll share it up, and I hope you get it. Sounds like you deserve (and need) a break.
    ps – great title by the way ;)

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  6. Great Content Lynn.. Way to see the silver lining.. There are good things in store for you!! You will be blessed with this trip.. I just know it!!

  7. enrique sabal says:

    You are an amazing lady…..Feet solidly on the ground!

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