I stumbled across a video this weekend that really pulled me in. It was a documentary about people who had been laid off called Lemonade. There were interviews with several people from the Advertising industry who recounted the events of their layoffs and how they felt as it happened. I was very inspired by the people in the video. They used their experiences and their new found freedom to discover what they really wanted to do in their lives.
Note: The full movie I originally watched on Hulu is no longer available for free, so I have included the trailer.
I can definitely relate with the stories that they told. I was laid off a little over 3 years ago when I was 7 months pregnant with my son. Before I was laid off I was struggling with what I would do when my son was born. I had always known that I didn’t want to put my children in daycare, but I was having a heard time giving up my IT salary that I had worked so hard to earn.
I can’t really say that I was surprised to be one of the 15 people who were part of the layoff that day. I was the newest and least experienced person in my department, and if I am totally honest, my heart had not been in the job after finding out that I was pregnant.
I had never been fired before, and it is hard to realize that your company no longer values you as an employee.
Walking out of the building at about 9:30 AM I had no clue what to do or where to go. It was very eye opening to realize how much of my identity had been determined by my occupation. I had worked for the same company for 7 years and I was 29 at the time.
For the most part I was ecstatic to be free from my job. I saw it as my perfect opportunity to find something that would allow me to be a full time parent like I had always dreamed. I was excited to be able to enjoy the end of my pregnancy without having to drag myself into work every day whether I felt like it or not.
I spent the next few months developing an Inventory Management database for my Dad and his Industrial Fan business. That eventually led to me taking over for my sister when she left for a “real” job after graduating with an Accounting degree. It worked out perfectly. I was able to bring my son to work with me, while helping my Dad in his business.
If you have recently been laid off, I would highly recommend watching the video. Take some time to really think about what you want to do with your life. Try to allow yourself to think about what you would want to do if money weren’t an issue. It doesn’t need to be something that you think will make you rich. Sometimes having the opportunity to do something you love everyday is more important that what you can afford to buy.
You never know what opportunities will present themselves when you are doing what you love.
If you are ready to turn this opportunity into the most life changing opportunity of your life, send me a message on the Let’s Talk Page. I would love to help you get started!