Hope things are rounding the corner for you.
But, seriously dude. If your GF is that supportive of your "hobby", how much more encouragement do you really need?
Now go fill those propane tanks (I keep a spare, just in case) and go make a simple beer just to prove to yourself that you can still do it.
Just for reference, after 9/11/01, I went 20 months without being able to find a job. I had exhausted unemployment twice, and in the middle of the 20 months my wife had our daughter. Keep in mind that our family's live on the left coast and we are in Texas. We had just moved here 2 years prior and I didn't really know anybody. I took all kinds of temporary work while updating my skills by getting some IT certifications (MS .NET). We had to borrow money on my mother-in-laws house, that was the lowpoint of my life. I felt like a complete failure, unable to support my family, borrowing money from my mother-in-law, tons of interviews and no job offers. I got a part time job as an apprentice auto-mechanic soley based on my history with racing cars (see melsilva.net
) making like $10/hr.
When I finally was able to land a job as a contract developer, I was on cloud 9, just to have my feet back under a desk and making a decent salary. From there, everything else just fell into place. All the work I had put into updating my skills was paying off, and I was made an offer for 3 different permanent positions. I went from senior developer to Lead, to Supervisor, to Manager in less than 2 years. Unheard of in the Oil and Gas industry.
So, the reason I lay all this out is because my wife was getting as frustrated if not more so that I was. She was pregnant and then a new mom and supporting our household. Our neighborhood demographic was changing and we wanted to move, but couldn't. I was trying anything to makes some dent in our financial burden and she didn't understand why I couldn't just talk to my friends and have a job in a couple of days.
So, if you've got someone fully suppportive of you, don't worry, things could be a lot worse.