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Pressing On
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Pressing On

A few weeks ago, I was laid off from my job. Initially, I was very confused and sad.  I liked my job, and I particularly liked the people I worked with. It was a curve ball that I wasn’t ready for (are people ever ready for curve balls?) As the time goes by, however, I have come to terms with it.  I am even beginning to look towards the future.  I am  applying for jobs and looking for something new.  I fully realize that while I did enjoy Partial Family Portraitmy job of 6 years, even better things could be around the corner.  I just wish I knew what those things were… but that isn’t how it works!  The process is teaching me a lot.  Relinquishing control, patience, fortitude, and the support of family and friends has been particularly meaningful.

I guess you could say I am in an exploratory phase.  I went to graduate school and studied a very particular thing: library science and archival studies.  I could stick with these and be happy.  I could also try some other things that I have been curious about and never had the flexibility to do… starting my own business? more extensive writing? community projects? It may be a reasonable time to test the waters and try these things out too.

So, just like my kitchen, I guess you could say *I* am also under renovation right now.  The unique thing about my personal renovations is that I cannot sub-contract it out. Gotta DIY.  I think that this blog will play an important role in this renovation.  I want to write more, and I have this perfect place to do it.  I want to take more photographs and do more crafts, and I have a great place to showcase it. Best of all, I have you all to encourage and support – and that is a wonderful gift.

The creativity is starting to flow again, and I am excited to see where this goes!

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70 Responses

  1. disentangled

    I’m sorry to hear of your news, but as you are already finding out – things like this usually do happen for the best. Good luck with your exploration, wherever it may take you!

  2. Kristyn

    I was laid off back in May of 2009 and looking back at it it was the best thing that happened to me. However, it is hard to see that when you are in the midst of it. Good luck and I know you will end up doing something amazing!

  3. Laura

    I’m sorry you were lobbed a curve ball! But I am glad you are feeling excited about the possibilities ahead of you. I’ll be thinking good thoughts for things to turn out just right.

  4. Erin

    Sorry to hear about this but I am sure in the end it will be a blessing in your life. Only good things ahead for you I am sure. I hope you enjoy your time figuring out the next step.

  5. Suzanne

    Best of luck. I went through it around 2001 or 2002, a surprise but things do happen for a reason and you will come out fine.

  6. Chandler

    Whatever comes your way, whatever you choose to do—just know that we’ll all be behind you, all the way. You’re handling a big change with such confidence and aplomb, and I just know that big, wonderful things are on the horizon for you. I can’t wait to see where your path takes you next!

  7. Seanna Lea

    Wow. I cannot imagine being laid off. As much as I have other ideas and dreams for what I want to do in life, they are always built around my day job that I love! Congrats on taking things with such confidence and pluck!

  8. sUsAn

    All the best to you, Lauren as you forge ahead! I look forward to seeing what is in store for you!

  9. k

    that sucks. but it seems you are already seeing how it might be a push to something new, which could turn out to be a positive thing in the end. wishing you the best of luck while you figure things out!

  10. Barb

    Something good will come your way. Hugs!

  11. Shweta Shankar Khatri

    All the Best! Stay positive and good things will come.

  12. patty

    Is this with the government archive? I ask because I get the government openings and it seems that there is a place in College park that does archiving. What about the National Archive in DC. I’m not trying to rub salt into your wound if this is where you have been laid off. I also believe Johns Hopkins has some openings (so I hear, can’t confirm)

    You will be able to do more than you think you can. Also sign up with creative search firms as I know in the past you have talked about metadata, tags, and this might open doors you have not thought of (again).

    Best wishes, take time a week or two to decompress. One thing I should have done when I got laid off. Also get out everyday. seriously. Get up in the morning do the morning routine, take breaks, and remember to let people near you, friends, coworkers know you are looking. Perhaps a book about knitting and yoga. Design specifically for different types of yoga. Might be fun.

  13. Rowena Philbeck

    So sorry that you got laid off. It happened here too. I work at an Architecture Library and their is now only 3 of us. They laid off Susan last oct. Luckily she has a teaching job at a junior college here just part time teaching Art History. She is doing OK but of course doesn’t have insurance. These times are HARD so hang in their. You will find something good I’m sure. When one door closes another one opens!!!

  14. Jenna

    Of course, this news is so incredibly distressing. It really sounds like you’re taking the right attitude about it, though, and being proactive in exploring other opportunities and interests. Of course, it’s going to feel crappy, and it’s good to acknowledge that, but I’m sure better things are on the way for you. Perhaps a little time for travel? :P Much love to you and all yours through this, you’re strong and will find something great for yourself. xoxox

  15. nicole

    I have full confidence that you can turn this unfortunate event into an enriching opportunity. Your talent, intelligence and wonderful energy will take you places! I’m excited to hear what may come next.

    A big hug from Canada.

  16. busykitty

    oh, lolly, i’m sorry. been there, done that. but i, too, took my situation as an opportunity to try something new, and now i’m the hairdresser that i wanted to be at 5 years old (well, decidedly more skilled LOL)! best wishes and best of luck with your new endeavors, whatever they may be! looking forward to project spectrum!

  17. Miss Scarlett

    Oh Lolly – I’m sorry to hear this.

    I went through a similar situation last July. Honestly I am far happier now then I was before but it wasn’t easy going through it – the emotions, the job searching. For the last few months I have been working 2-3 part time jobs and am surprised how much more time I have for my own life (and garden!) and that I feel more fulfilled — I think the changes between jobs has been refreshing and freeing for me.

    I hope that you find just what you need and that in the interim you can move forward with hope and openness — and it sounds like you are! :-)

    Thinking of you!

  18. KnittySue

    Went through it like so many after 14 years our dept. and several others were eliminated. I had worked with disabilities that got worse over the years but I loved my job. After the sadness and constant sence of feeling out of place…the excitement of choice settled in. Just got approved for SSDI and the judge was basically ..what too you so long. Now though on a fixed income..I can do things for my family that I never had the freedom to do (mostly watch grandkids, nieces,nephews) I now have time to write, read and keep my house the way I want it. There is aways a wonderful new beginning.
    Wishing you all the luck that you will find your new path and love love love it.

  19. Heather

    Lauren, I can totally relate to this. I’ve experienced a very similar situation over the past year. I had honed my skills, craft and career as a carpet designer and POOF it vanished just like that! I took the past year to really do some soul searching (and I gave myself permission for it to take as long as it needed to) about who I am and how I want to be present in this world. I’m super excited to say I’ve finally figured some things out and I’ve had a great time (although the process has been HARD!) trying new things, visioning myself and setting my intentions as I move forward. I’d love to chat more with you at MDSWF! You are a super creative, talented, smart and kind woman & I’m sure you will find just the right next steps to take on your journey!

  20. judy

    Work has kept me so busy that I am so incredibly behind on things. Having now finally read this post, it all finally makes sense as to the job hunt and the exploration of social media! Good luck on the job hunt and I hope you find something that suits you! Of course, at this point, you may have found something already and I’m just so far behind that I haven’t gotten there yet.

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