I’ve been a little bit distant lately and some folks have noticed. Hardly any answered emails. Few tweets or FB. No activity anywhere, not even here.
A week ago, my Fortune 500 company announced they were closing our office as of July 30th. It was a huge blow to everyone, including me. I think I might have alluded to this on an earlier post that I was looking for a job. Have been, in fact, for the last few months. There really wasn’t a lot out there in March…or what is February? Either way, I forget.
Anyway, we thought the office wouldn’t close until October because that was when our lease was up. The corporate money mongers decided to change their minds when word got out prematurely about the closure. The only thing that wasn’t decided upon was the day. So, the money mongers–the way I see it–decided to choose a date by flipping a coin.
Now don’t get me wrong. There were some options. I could move to Colorado or California. Neither were an option for me. It would’ve cost more to continue working for the Fortune 500 because I would’ve had rent in the new place and a mortgage in NC. So, I said unless the company was going to buy my house, count me out. I’ll stay right where I am and find a job.
And that’s exactly what happened this past Friday. 😀
As of June 1st, I’ll be working in a field that brings me one step closer than I’ve ever been to my medical/clinical roots. Not only that, but it’s IT, too. The morning drive will be icky and not being able to work from home will be torture. However, this is a promotion and I get paid like it. I’m excited. Not to mention, they seem to actually care about their workers and want them to do a good job. Also, I’m working in a fields where what I make a difference.
Since learning of the bad news, it’s been hard to finish up my once-over for a manuscript that I was supposed to have finished a few days ago. At least, that was when I had promised myself I’d send it off, since my dream agent waiting on the full. I’ve been spending all of my time before the horrible announcement and the time leading up to it looking for a new job. Since the good news, I’ve finished more than 100 pages of revisions and had sent it off a few hours ago.
I hate it when non-writing things disrupt my muse’s flow. Hate it with a passion. The only non-writing thing that will always get a reprieve is family. That’s different. But just when you think things are okay in other aspects of your life, some jerk (Fortune 500) comes along and jerks the rug out so hard that land on your face and knock your front teeth out. But as with everything, I pick myself up, dust myself off, go find my teeth, put them back in, and go about my way. As of today, I’m skipping about my way with my confidence cloak flapping in the breeze. I don’t think I ever lost my confidence. It just got tangled up on a fence. 😉
What’s been challenging you these days?