Of full-time self employment 🙂
It was one year ago yesterday that I received some of the most devastating news of my life. My company laid me off. I was told my services were no longer needed from the company where I worked with the CEO all but 1.5 yrs of 15 years of working in Corporate America.
After they told us, Human Resources told me that the CEO wanted to speak to me, whether that day or another… whichever I preferred. I chose then, because to be honest, I had no plans of ever speaking to him again once I walked out the doors.
He knew of my “side” photography business, and told me that he really thought that even with the economy that I was talented and driven enough to go full time with it. They gave me a great severance package where I didn’t need to worry about money for a while and he said he really thought instead of jumping right back into the corporate job pool that I should pursue my business full time.
That was the scariest day of my life. I have never left one job without having another already lined up. And now, I was going to purposely NOT look for a job? With the support of my family and friends, I did exactly that. I spent the Winter working on the business side of my business including marketing, logo design, equipment (gasp!), bookkeeping, etc. I had a time limit to get it going or I had to go back to the “dreaded day job”.
I’ve never worked harder on anything (I really don’t want to go back to corporate!), and thanks to my husband, family, friends and all of my clientele, I can now happily say that yesterday was “one year of self-employment” instead of “one year ago I got laid off”.
Ironically, last night was also that same Company’s Christmas party. Did I mention that my husband still works there? So, I attended, and I had a great time. Everyone made me feel great and welcome.
So, this proves, if you really, really want something, one of the worst days of your life can also mark the beginning of the best days 🙂 A few weeks ago, to celebrate, I bought myself this charm. It has barely come off my neck since.