How Does Sally-Sad-Sack Get Back into Full-Time Work?

Dear Career Experts, I need your advice. I had a nice, successful career as a small practice attorney in one state. I moved to another part of the country, to follow my then fiancee, for his job. Our plan was for me to work part-time, if at all, in the new state. As often happens, things did not turn out that way. He passed away shortly after our relocation (and before we married) and I suddenly needed to work and figure out what to do with myself. I started doing temporary work while I figured out what which way was up. That was 4 years ago. I'm finally feeling ready to get back to a real life, permanent career and such. I realize the temping time will look terrible on my resume and raise questions like, "Why did you relocate?" How do I address these things without sounding like Sally Sad-Sack (if I get an interview)? Should I just omit the time temping? Thanks! No longer Sally-Sad-Sack Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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