Thursdays are often a crazy day for me. I work from 7 – 3:30, then I pick up the kids and we rush around doing errands for 35 minutes, then it’s off to swim lessons and a quick dinner before I pass the kids off to the Hubs so I can rush back to school and work at Bingo for 2.5 hours before finally crashing around 10:30. This particular Thursday was shaping up like all the rest, but the sun was shining and the kids went to school without a fuss so I figured it was going to be a good day. I was going to attack my to-do list, manage my time and have a good afternoon with the kids. That was the plan at least.
Until I got laid off.
When my boss’s boss pinged me to see if I had time to chat, I wasn’t surprised. He and I had been playing tag for weeks trying to connect on a project and I figured he was grabbing 15 minutes with me to finally nail it down. What I wasn’t expecting was for him to tell me that, due to budget constraints, I was to consider our conversation my 30 days notice as they were doing away with my department altogether.
*POOF* Laid off.
I have been with my current employer for 13 years and I’ve genuinely enjoyed all of them. I wasn’t saving the world, but I was helping customers and, most importantly, I worked with an incredible group of people that I’m proud to call my friends. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve dreaded going to work and I generally find most of what I do to be interesting. I know it sound naive given the economy, but I honestly thought I could retire from this company. Unfortunately, due to cost savings considerations, they felt differently.
I won’t lie, the first couple days after I got the news, I was reeling. I cried at the drop of a hat, I was angry and I was ashamed. But, with the help of the Hubs, family and amazing friends, I got past being ashamed. I have nothing to be ashamed about- life happens and companies have to make hard decisions. I am wrestling with guilt- guilt about how my family’s life is going to change if I don’t find a job quickly. Guilt over the things they’ll have to give up because unemployment, while very helpful, isn’t a replacement for my salary. I still cry occasionally and part of me is still angry- but I’m moving past that.
Now I’m starting to get excited and hopeful. There is a big, glorious world out there and while I’m very much a creature of habit, being shaken out of my rut is going to force me to see more of it! Maybe I’ll get lucky and find a new job right away and my family won’t have to deal with any major bumps in our road. Or maybe I’ll get lucky and I won’t find a job right away and I’ll have some time to volunteer at the kid’s school and get creative with my cooking. I honestly don’t know which way things are going to go, so I’m trying to swallow my terror and have faith that somehow, we’ll be just fine.
Heather, I’m so sorry, but I live your positive outlook. Who knows what might come out of this! I hope you find something fabulous and you get stress free Thursdays from here out 🙂
Love not live…
Well, I guess you could technically live my outlook as well. 😉 Thanks, Cher- here’s to bigger and better things!
Maybe you’ll find the time to come visit me in France! 🙂 Chin up kid, hugs, Clint
I was hoping to have an interview with a company based in France this week- but they want someone based in NYC. Should I find myself over on your side of the pond, I will expect to see you. It’s been much too long!
That would be incredible! Come darling, come!
I honestly know how you feel, because I had the same exact thoughts. I know that you will come out shining! Your feeling are honest and real, but you outlook is great. Paying it Forward, you helping me, I helped someone else and I believe that it will come back to you two fold 😉
So sorry to hear the news. From a family who has been through it, please know that you guys will get through this and may even find yourselves better off on the other side of the crisis. You may not be financially better off right away, but you may find that having to pull together can make you a stronger family! I know you loved your job and you have to grieve the loss of it. I hope this opens a door to something you love even more. You’re in our thoughts and prayers!