Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Flipping the Script

On Friday morning, I received some pretty tough news. My company has been going through a lot of financial woes, and they had to lay off a lot of the staff. Including me.

Huh. Didn't really see that coming.

Honestly, I'm not all that surprised. But it's still a tough pill to swallow.

Our local economy has really been tanking in the past year, and I worked directly in the field that was hit the most. So yea, not so surprising. That also means good jobs are scarce.

Monday morning I woke up to start my first official day of unemployment. I'd already applied for unemployment on Friday afternoon, so check that off my to-do list. I've also applied for 10 jobs so far.


That's maybe a lot, but knowing that there's 50+ applicants out there for every job, it doesn't give me much hope. However, I know that God is with me, and he'll get us through this. I don't talk about my faith much here on the blog, but it is the one thing I am desperately clinging to right now. Faith that God has a plan for me, and that he will provide. My next job may not be something I love, or the "perfect" job (I honestly don't even know what that would be), but I know God will direct me where I need to go.

Two funny coincidences I have to mention:

1. Our pastor's sermon this Sunday was about letting go of anxiety and worry, and having faith in God's plan for us. As I sat there in the pew with tears in my eyes, I thought "boy, if I ever needed to come to church on a random Sunday, this was it." We braved -35F temps to go, and I'm so glad we did because the sermon was exactly what I needed to hear.

2. I posted this on my Facebook timeline a few weeks ago:

I didn't realize that this would hit home for me in a few short weeks. I am in a dark hallway right now, but I still have so much to be thankful for! My husband and daughter, unemployment benefits, the fact that we have no credit card debt, that I have good references, that I was laid off and not fired (!), and that I have a God that loves me. Little, insignificant me. But he does!

So, I'm working on creating a new normal for myself and my family. I don't know how long this "hallway" will be (hopefully short), but I'm hanging in there until God opens a new door for me.


  1. So sorry to hear this news! I will be praying that God opens the right door soon!!

  2. Im so sorry! Job hunting sucks. I hope this is just a step on the path to something better for you. Thinking of you, friend!

  3. Ugh, I'm sorry! I have my fingers crossed that you will find something new that you like, and that works even better for you and your family.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear this! I had someone close to me go through this within the past few years, and it is tough. I do love when the sermon at church ends up being exactly what you needed to hear and fits right in with your current struggles. Love that picture you posted on Facebook, too. Sending prayers your way!