30 Days of Thanks: Why I'm Thankful I Was Laid Off
While being laid off was initially upsetting, I quickly realized I'd been given the greatest gift, the ultimate blessing in disguise
I know how that sounds, believe me. First, let me give you a little history…
Not to discredit my former company, but I was in, shall we say, a lackluster position for years. There were so many things going on in my personal life that were exciting (dating a great guy… getting engaged… married… the birth of our two children) that for a few years, I almost didn’t mind the fact that I was completely bored at work. And as we all know, stability and health insurance can go a long way. I began my blog, Baby Meets City, in the midst of this exciting period, and it helped to fill a creative void that was missing too. But as life got busier and busier with small children in an even smaller apartment, and as I started writing more, I dreamed of the nerve to find a new job. The goal was simple: If I had to work and be away from my children every day, at the very least I should feel creatively inspired. I looked in my spare time but never found the right fit. So I went back to work, day after day, to Microsoft Office, a calculator and expense reports.
When I noticed some team re-structuring and a few layoffs at work, I didn’t think much of it. And I’ll admit, I was completely blindsided when I got the call from Human Resources to come downstairs for a “catch up.” Officially being laid off has a bit of a sting, I’m not going to lie. And I was immediately worried about several things, especially our health insurance, since my husband works freelance and I provided the coverage for our family.
But as the “poor me” fog lifted, I realized something quite amazing: I’d been given the ultimate blessing in disguise. Being laid off was an opportunity to FINALLY pursue what I really wanted to be doing with my life and spend more time with my daughters at the same time. In a way, I felt like I’d just been given a winning lotto ticket, and I haven’t looked back once.
Flash forward eight months later, and formulating a plan and pursuing goals has not been without its challenges—there has been some rejection but even more amazing rewards (this BabyZone writing gig being one of them!), and I absolutely love getting to spend more time with my little gals during the day. Working from home can be tough, and certainly money is a little tighter. It is not a bed of perfect roses. But at the same time, I am so thankful for where I am, in this moment. I am thankful for a supportive husband, and I am thankful for getting paid to write, which is all I ever really wanted. Additionally, I now have the confidence to dream bigger dreams, like writing a children’s book.
And you’ll have to forgive me, but it’s about time to pick up my daughter from school. I’m so happy that I’m the one who gets to do the picking up.
When life throws you lemons, right?
There’s so much to be thankful for, we can’t fit them all into one post! Check out BabyZone’s 30 Days of Thanks page to see all the things—great and small—that we can be grateful for each day.
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