I can’t believe that the last time I blogged was August 5. And yet again, I can believe it. I think I mentioned in one of my older posts that in July I got a really great work opportunity. I knew it would be hard, but after teaching two years on the south-side of Chicago (and a bit in Gary, IN), I knew I could handle it.
Only I didn’t. I was heading into work at 7am and working non-stop until I left at 7pm…to go home to do more work. I locked myself up at a local coffee shop every Saturday and worked another 10 or so hours. First I gave up blogging, as you can tell by my absence. Then I gave up cooking, resorting to the cafeteria we had at the office for most of my meals. I gave up reading for pleasure, most TV shows, surfing the internet, and reading all of my favorite paleo blogs. I even gave up working at the yoga studio on Sundays so I could spend more time working on the weekends.
The only thing outside of work I held onto for dear life was my time at the gym. I even shelled out way too much money to work with a personal trainer (the last subject I blogged about in my post Motivational Monday: My Experience With Online Trainers). Until I was asked to cancel those because I needed to come to work earlier…
I pushed and pushed and pushed because I kept telling myself it was only temporary. We would hire more people soon. It would only be for a few months until things evened out.
And then one morning I was pulled into a conference room with HR and told that day would be my last. I had less than 5 minutes to pack my things, hand over my keycard, and leave. The official reason was they decided to “take my position in a different direction.”
That morning I sat down on a bench outside and cried. To be honest, this was the first time I’ve ever been fired. I felt like there was something wrong with me. That I had failed.
But after a few days I realized that maybe this was the best thing that could happen to me. I say this, as I sit outside on this absolutely gorgeous day, drinking my coffee, reading my favorite paleo blogs, and simply enjoying life.
Exhibit A, B, and C above.
Yes I know that eventually I will have to find a new job. Hopefully one that I love. But until then, I’m going to enjoy the last few days of gorgeous Chicago weather.