The economy went from wonderful to bad to worse in about six months, or at least it felt like that. And for many people I know it included losing jobs, pay freezes, hiring freezes and decreases in benefits. So it's no wonder that people are still having a hard time taking their hands off of the little amount they still have saved and to spend it. But I can't blame anyone, I'm the same way too, and what can you do when you have just enough or not enough for your monthly bills?
Personally, it's been both a blessing and a curse to not find a job straight out of college. More than anything I wanted to graduate and immediately have a job, but as that did not work, I had to look to different paths toward my future and finances. It's been frustrating to do logo contests (you, if you're lucky only win about 10% you enter) and to search for jobs - especially when it seems like half the job listings out there are phishing schemes.
But in other ways, I can't complain. I doubt I would have even considered opening my etsy shop if I had found that "normal" 9-5 job right away. In fact, I know I wouldn't have. Even though I haven't actually sold anything yet from my little shop, I've been decently successful in starting to get my name out there - which is a 9-5 job in and of itself and half the battle. I'm grateful that I've had the opportunity to create and start my Etsy shop - even if I don't earn enough to cover my monthly bills, I'll at least have tried my hand at what I really want to do in life.