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Living Through a Layoff

Living Through a Layoff

So I feel like in the last three years, we have been constantly going through something. First, it was me graduating college, then it was getting engaged, then it was moving 250 miles back to our hometown area, then it was starting a new job, then it was planning the wedding, then it was getting married, then it was moving 300 miles North, then it was starting another new job. Phew. I’m actually exhausted just typing all of that stuff. And that’s everything on top of being a millennial trying to find my way through the world and figure out what to do with my life. (Which I actually haven’t done yet, so …)

Most recently though, I was working as an executive assistant to the CEO and COO of a marketing firm. I got the job the day before we moved up here and thought it was all working out perfectly! I was at the EA job for about 4 months when one random Tuesday I got called into work early and unexpectedly laid off. It was nothing I did and they were just downsizing, but it was still a huge shock. Not only was it scary, because it had never happened to me before, but it was a hit to my ego. I had never been at a job before where I wasn’t pretty essential. (Not to brag, okay to brag a tiny bit, they had to hire two people to replace me at the job I left before moving up here. So, yeah. I’m a pretty great employee.) There were two things that saved me from freaking out and that was that I got a pretty generous severance, so financially we were okay, and my best friend that I had made at the job was also let go. So we got to hang out!

Everyone I talked to through the whole process of being laid off and unemployed told me to enjoy my time off and take some time to find something I really love to do. This was honestly a huge test to me because I didn’t (and really still don’t) know what I want to do. But after about two weeks of being home I got very bored and started applying to jobs and found my new job as an admin assistant pretty quickly.

I’m still settling into my new job. It’s a huge adjustment from the last two jobs I’ve had. But I haven’t been this fulfilled or happy in a job in a long time. Or ever? I’m learning so much about the novelty/home decor business, sales, running a business and of course dealing with all new kinds of people. It’s a pretty small company, which I love, I get to work very closely with the owners of the company, who are wonderful, and I get to travel! (at least a little bit, for now) I am heading to Atlanta this weekend (which I will for sure post about, yay!).

I’ve learned a lot in the last couple of months but a couple of the biggest things I’ve learned while living through a layoff are:

1. Don’t stop believin’ – but seriously. Don’t stop believing in yourself. Push through the bullshit and keep your head up. I struggle with this a lot sometimes, but if you keep rolling with the punches you’ll make it back to where you want to be.

2. Hustle – do what you have to do to get through the day. If you need to take a break, take a break. If you need to get out of the house, get out of the house. If you need to get back to work, get back to work. If you need to think people are actually caring about what you have to say, start a blog. (hah – just kidding, this is totally an outlet for me. even if no one is reading.)

3. Work Hard – no matter what you’re doing or where you are in life, work hard. It will pay off. You might not get recognition right away or notice a difference in the moment, but in the long run you will see it pay off over and over again.

I am so happy to be back at work now and I will continue to learn and grow from this experience. I’m so lucky to have such an amazing support system, especially my husband who literally wants nothing more than to see me happy (seriously, what more can you ask for, ever?). And now we are moving again! Luckily it’s in the same town this time, so it should be pretty easy. Hopefully things have settled down for a while and there will be no more big life changes *knock on wood*.

Have you ever been laid off? How do you handle big life changes?

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