Laid Off – One Year Later

April 21, 2010

A year ago today, I walked away from my dream job.

That is, I walked away from the job I had dreamed of.  But a year and a half into it, and I’d realized the job itself was far from a dream.

I was a Magazine Editor.

I made big decisions: I chose stories, issued deadlines, and networked with the movers and shakers in my up-and-coming city.

But I cried on Sunday nights.

I got stomach aches every day at 2pm because I crammed my lunch down my throat in a hurry to get back to work.

I gained 15 pounds in four months.

I didn’t walk out of my dream job because I realized how bad it was for me.

I got laid off.

Sometimes, when you’re not strong enough to do the thing you really must do, it gets done for you.

That’s what happened to me.

And now I live in England, and I’m starting from scratch.  No one here knows I used to be the editor of skirt! and Carolina Bride. (Well, a  few of them do, ’cause I told them.)

My husband built me a website, and I’m making up business cards and talking to people I don’t know, convincing them I know how to write articles and press releases, edit stories and organize events.  It’s scary and it’s hard.

But I only get stomach aches when I eat too much Cadbury’s chocolate.

And I’m back down to my normal, healthy, happy weight.

And I might cry on a Sunday every now and then – I can’t help it, I’m a crier – but it’s not because I can’t face the day ahead.

6 responses to “Laid Off – One Year Later”

  1. Kristin says:

    oh how far we have come since that crazy day! I’ve lost 23 lbs since leaving that place 🙂 you are doing great!

  2. Sabrina says:

    Wow…this post reminds me that I’m about a week from my one-year anniversary of getting laid off from skirt!. My how times have changed!

  3. Chris Nelson says:

    You did darn good job as magazines editor. Don’t let anyone – including that Faith girl – tell you otherwise. It’s so much too bad (there’s a construction I’ve never used before!) that could not have been a better environment for all of us.

  4. Selina Blakeney says:

    I totally agree…about the principle that sometimes when you’re not strong enough, God does what’s necessary on your behalf, and it’s SO amazing. I love Him for that because in my case, i need it alot! I’m glad He did it for you 🙂

  5. cory says:


    I hear you.

  6. Lawrence says:

    Tell it, girl! Wow, it hasn’t quite been a year for me, but am I glad that I’m not there anymore. Don’t forget the war cry – QTB!!!

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