I got the layoff notice on Jan 16, 2015. Friday evening around 2pm. My first thought was relief. There was a chance, small but real, that this would be resolved by March 20th. Awaiting the inevitable, for better or worse, I decided to make a list of things to do while I was waiting for the shoe to drop.
I turned 34 in April 2015. That was a couple of weeks right after my supposed last day and two full months after the “it will happen regardless of the layoff” 10th service anniversary. One of my friends posted a Buzzfeed article about 34 DIY ideas. The moment I went into unemployment I’d execute the list. However, some were so easy or not challenging that I set up a Pinterest account to find projects better suited to keep my skills sharp.
Enter project #1:
It may not look like much but my first purchase was a can of chalkboard spray paint. I covered all the surfaces I could think off. I created signs, labels, used it as background for art. It was as if my inner child wanted extra surfaces to create. Non permanent solutions to the problem of not being able to design metal and carbon fiber parts.
Everything was black. Lack of color. Lack of light.
And then it hit me! Chalk! That’s how I would add the color back into my life. Little by little the ideas started forming and the projects started to accumulate in my dining room table.
That’s how layoff week one concluded. Lots of spray painted objects to use as a canvas to cover up the pain of having to say goodbye to my first job; my first love.