I recently wrote about the great outcome of my husband’s employment journey, but I neglected to mention that I’m currently undergoing one of my own.
Laid off from work. Yep, that’s me. A few weeks of severance, then I’ll begin navigating the world of unemployment. It happened just last week. I was going about my day, then — BAM. It was all over, as the brands I worked with were absorbed into other groups. Such is the plight of the publishing industry.
Feelings of anxiety, sadness, anger. Then — freedom, hope and confidence. Even a tad bit of exhilaration. I think I’ll be coming out the other end of the tunnel soon, and making the transition I’ve craved — from online media to digital marketing and social media.
Still grappling with these feelings, I woke up last night, and during this little bout of insomnia — being the social media addict that I am — I began scrolling though my Instagram feed.
And then I gasped.
A blogger friend, and sorority sister from another college, had been diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant, at age 29. I reeled, and suddenly my problems seemed so, so small.
Kirsten is chronicling her journey at her blog, A Bump and a Lump. I urge you to check it out and leave encouraging messages and prayers for her and her family. Because at the end of the day, despite whatever problems our careers are throwing at us, what’s most important is faith, health and family.
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I have had similar situations with friends of mine from high school. Maybe slightly more expected at 40 than at 29, but not much. Really makes you thankful for what you have.
Agreed, Steve. My temporary unemployment pales in comparison to health journeys that families like this face.
Sorry to hear about your job situation. Although, it could be the best thing to happen…just you wait and see!! I would love to do lunch or something sometime to catch up and chat!
And thanks for sharing your friends journey – I’m sad to hear that is happening but love to find how people find such amazing strength in those situations.
Thanks so much, Jen. I’d love to get together and chat. (: