The Layoff was the main reason I opened the blog and after 4,000 views, 52 followers and almost 100 likes on Facebook, my journey has reaped many rewards. I gained confidence, strength, resilience and a fluffy companion, my dog Zach. As I prepare for the next decade of plans and adjustments, mostly to make up for lost revenue, the night doesn’t seem as dark and as full of terrors as it used to.
It has been over 3 months already from the day I started to work again at the same company that laid me off from engineering. As a coach and instructor, I have been able to help dozens of people learn and navigate the tools and systems used for design and manufacturing. Every day I meet new people from locations across the world and the enterprise. My organization pays us for what we know not for what we do, which is a practice that is very refreshing and extremely welcomed. I even get to telecommute or work from home on Tuesdays. This allows me to spend time with Zach. Yay!
As I posted previously, I had the opportunity to go to London on business (see London Calling and Fake it Till You Make It), which makes up in part for the pay cut. That concession is still haunting me because as much as i love work and my peeps, the money flow is tighter than anticipated. Guess it is time to seriously consider an MBA or leadership role. If only I knew what I wanted to do when I grow up! Hehe. My job allows downtime to right and edit what I write and ponder, but to generate revenue I will need to come up with some creative products or ideas. I’m drawing a blank right now…
During the spring and summer, our company will hold many health and fitness initiatives that come with substantial rewards. Maybe after a few contests are behind me, and I finalize my world domination plan, I’ll be able to get back on track financially. Since my health and stress are in better shape than anticipated and my coworkers are supporting my career moves and choices, the wait is worth the rewards. I’m proud of myself and what my husband and I have accomplished as a family. I am even more proud of Zach who is coming along nicely.
Please help me spread the word about the blog and make available and lessons learned to those facing layoff situations. (See The Layoff). The advice I have given and the counsel I have followed are the reason why I continue to thrive and excel. Let me help others to find their silver lining. Adulting is way easier when we help each other succeed.
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