I am on day ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ of whatever quarantine I am on, and writing this from the safety of my home. I am practicing extreme social distancing, while also trying to flatten the curve.
Like many people right now, I have lost my job. Through no fault of my own, sometimes non-essential employees must go amidst economic changes in the market. I worked at a for-profit business for a branch housed underneath a Fortune 500 company, and when the economy swings, marketing may not always make sense. I learned a lot of amazing things at my previous role, gained lifelong friendships, and left on good terms; however, I can’t say it doesn’t suck.
It is unfortunate to lose my job amidst the COVID-19 crisis, but I am taking this time to focus on the things I am grateful for. Before I dive into that, let’s state the obvious: It super sucks!
Here are the things I have done a lot of since getting laid off…
- Ate my weight in Lean Cuisine
- Rode my Peloton
- Played Animal Crossing
- Cried some more
- Watched Frozen 2 more than once
- Drank my way through a few too many White Claws
- Cried even more
And eventually, after you have felt sorry for yourself for a few too many crying sessions, you realize that this is the creative opportunity you have needed. If there’s one thing I know about myself, is that I have an incredible knack for networking and helping those in my life that need it.
I know that my situation is not unique, and that the job market is inundated with people in my exact predicament; however, I refuse to view this as a setback in my career. While we are all practicing extreme social distancing, and hopefully all spending time in our homes, I would be remiss to not reflect on the good in my life amongst uncertainty.
First and foremost, I am grateful my husband is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, so that I don’t have to worry about things like healthcare, benefits, etc. We also don’t have to worry about him being laid off, as there is no such thing as that. Secondly, I am grateful I own my own home, and do not have to worry about scrambling to find another rentable unit. And third, I am grateful for the opportunities that my previous role has granted me.
I understand that I am in a better position than most, and I say that as humbly as I can. My heart breaks for those that do not have the same opportunities that we do, and I want you to know, in my past…I have been there too.
Now, let’s talk positives…
Positives from getting laid off among a global pandemic include…
- My husband and I started small home renovation projects, which we haven’t had the time to do since purchasing the house in September
- My husband was able to take leave to spend time with me in forced quarantine
- I suddenly have a lot of creative time on my hands, which has allowed me to think about the things I am passionate about
- I have been able to cook more, and with more creativity than ever before
- I have talked to more friends, family, and network in the last few weeks than I have in years
- I am seeing my communities (Facebook Groups, NextDoor etc) stepping up to help one another out
- I have a Peloton bike, so I have no excuse not to workout
- I get to hang out with my dog all day, which is awesome
So with that being said, and one too many times watching Elsa be an absolute badass in Frozen 2, I dub “Into The Unknown” my unemployment anthem. This power ballad might have been made for kids, but it’s a damn bop.
This lyric set speaks to me the most, but the entire song is too good…
Are you here to distract me so I make a big mistake?
Or are you someone out there who’s a little bit like me?
Who knows deep down I’m not where I’m meant to be?
Every day’s a little harder as I feel your power grow
Don’t you know there’s part of me that longs to go
My husband is sick of hearing me play this on repeat, but I feel like it’s message speaks to me in so many ways. I am about to go ‘Into the Unknown‘ in my career, and my next creative venture. As I mentioned, I have a lot of creative time on my hands. So, I am excited to announce that I bit the bullet, and am starting a podcast.
I have listened to podcasts for years, and really love them on my commute, so starting my own is something I have wanted to do for awhile. I’ve always been very interested in imposter syndrome, and the idea of belonging, but have not seen a podcast that spoke directly on the topic in the way I wish to explore it.
“Please Don’t Kick Me Out” is a podcast about nothing, and everything all at once. This podcast is about ‘imposter syndrome’, and exploring the idea that no one really feels like they belong. I will interview my friends and people that inspire me, to understand what success looks like to them. Does anyone really have it figured out? Let’s find out.
Available soon, wherever you get your pods! Please visit my official site on Anchor for more information. I hope that you will enjoy it, and subscribe.
I hope if you are reading this, you are staying safe. Please continue to stay the fuck home if you can to help flatten the curve. This disease will get worse before it gets better, and we should all do our part. Also, If you know of any marketing openings in San Diego, or remote, throw them my way.
Let’s not dwell negatively on what in which we cannot control, and remember that any setback in our professional lives can always be turned around. I’m chosing to remain hopeful, are you?