Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Choosing a New Direction

As some of you may remember reading, about 10 days ago Hubby and I had the big talk about what our plans were should one or both of us became unemployed. I initiated this conversation because of a couple of things I 'heard' within my industry, and also because I had a niggling feeling that I couldn't quite ignore. Something was on the horizon, I was sure of it.

Gawd, I hate being right ALL THE TIME.

We didn't have much time to implement our plan of action to have the appropriate amount of funds set aside. I got caught off guard when the call came. I lost my job. There's a lot about it that bothers me now, like not having a manager or the owner tell me they were letting me go. Like them trying to weasel their way out of not having to pay what is due to me. Like them not telling me I'd been replaced, and letting me find out when I walked in to the office to find the replacement sitting there in the office. Nice touch, huh?

Yesterday I was angry and grieving on every level possible. I have to admit I cried, said a few choice words (not to any of my former colleagues though), and was so angry, I almost let my temper get the better of me. But I didn't. I held it together just long enough.

Then Hubby and I talked about our next steps, seeing as we were a little unprepared for this (as in not enough money in the bank to weather the storm). We're going to be selling some things on Kijijii, and reducing our expenses every which way but loose. I have about 30 days or so to find some other employment, and to tell you the truth, I think I need a break from Funeral Service.

I really have no idea what else I am qualified to do, so I'm going to do a little bit of soul searching, and using the free services of a local employment agency. I can't imagine that job hunting in this economy can be any fun. Hopefully I can find something that will give me some amount of flexibility that I'm accustomed to for my kids and will pay close to the pay grade that I've had previously.

In the mean time, there is a lot of stuff for me to catch up on around the apartment, and I have a gazillion blog posts that I'll be writing. I think you may see me on here a lot more often.


  1. I am so sorry for your job loss. I agree, your former employers handled it poorly. But at least you are taking the silver lining and looking to the home front that you can work on while you are looking for a replacement job.

    I hear you on trying to figure out what you want to do. And double on the needing a job at the same pay grade and flexibility. I am finding that this is HARD. Good luck!

  2. Taking action right away is the best step right now. Let it sink in, and I'm glad you held it together. I'm not sure under what terms they discharged you, but at worst, sounds like you'd have unemployment benefits available to you. Definitely best of luck on the road ahead.

  3. I'm really sorry to hear this. These are difficult times, but I know you will rise above all the troubles and get to a good place again. Good luck with the job search and I pray you find exactly the job you are meant to have!

  4. Wow that was a "shock" to the system. If management did not tell you, you were "let go" who would? and how can they replace you with someone else? there is laws about that I am certain? Shame.

  5. Oh boy.. :( I'm so sorry to hear this! I hope you're able to find a job quickly and you're able to make it on hubbys income for now... hang in there!!

  6. So, so sorry to hear about your job. Fingers crossed that you're able to find a great fit quickly.

  7. Eboo, sorry to read about your job loss. You handled it with grace! Best of luck!

  8. oh Eboo! what an awful way to find out, how disrespectful!
    I hope you can find another job soon. (((hugs)))