“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it”
~ Charles Swindoll ~
I learned that I would be losing my job just a month and a half shy of my 28th birthday. I immediately went into a state of depression. How would I pay my bills? How long would it take me to find a new job? How would I survive? I was told that I still had a few weeks before the layoff was “effective”, so I spent the next few weeks applying to any and every job. I had a couple of interviews and a few phone conversations, but nothing that led to an employment offer. I began to read articles online and I had conversations with loved ones who had gone through a similar situation and realized that the process of finding a new job could take several months. I remember thinking to myself, “what am I going to do with myself if I’m unemployed for longer than a month?”. Needless to say, I was scared, I was worried, and I was upset.
I decided to do a little more online research and I came across several articles that advised against the immediate search for a new job. These articles told me I should take some time, narrow down my skills, brush up my resume, reevaluate my goals, and THEN begin to apply for jobs that I really wanted. This made sense to me. Upon reading a few more articles and doing some quick soul searching I had made a decision: Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I was going to use this time to focus on self-improvement/fulfillment. Would I still search for gainful employment? Absolutely! But, I was also determined to use my time as an unemployed young women to do and accomplish things that I had been putting off (with no good reason). I had a pile of books on my nightstand that I had not completed, 2 certification exams for which I had not taken much time to study, swim lessons that I had not followed through with, an unused gym membership, unused airline miles, and the list goes on and on. I realized there were so many things I could do with my time to better myself, to stay busy, and to be happy despite being laid-off. Now, here I am one week post layoff, and I feel great. I’m not stressed, I’m not worried, and I’m not upset. What did I do this past week? I got real with myself about the layoff, I set up some last minute medical appointments, and I organized my finances. I also made a list of everything I’d like to do while I’m unemployed and everything I vow to continue after finding employment. My resume is updated, my mind is at ease, and I’m ready to take on unemployment!!! Over the next few weeks I’ll be sure to share my highs and lows, but something tells me it will be clear skies for a while.