What Next?

Friday afternoon on my drive home from work, I was in a different world. The road felt long and I didn’t even notice others passing me by. I wonder if I even stopped at the stop lights or just drove straight through them. I’m not even sure my radio was playing.

I finally made it home and pulled into the carport. My husband was standing at the door waiting on me like he does every day. I walked in and lost it. He wrapped his arms around me and held me. He knew what had just happened. After a moment I fixed my makeup before heading out for a date night birthday dinner. 

After 26 years, my job came to an end. My boss (who is retired and I haven't seen in years) came in and told me he had to let me go because he had sold half the franchise and could not afford to pay me anymore.
I held strong as I could as he explained his reason and fed me a lot of bull snot. He said I would be getting only a couple weeks severance pay and even told me he was gonna bring in another girl to take my place for half the pay. That hit a nerve. It was an insult to me as I was a dedicated employee. I needed to work and was grateful to have a job. I could barely hold it. I have never laid out sick, I Even worked on family funeral days and logged in and worked while on my vacations. Simply because I cared about my job. I worked hard but I was also comfortable, and made a healthy paycheck.

I did all the office, personnel and administrative work. The owner knows how to do some of the work I did and I assume he will be training a new person soon. I’m sure they can do without me but he will now see just how much I really did once it’s not getting done. 

Despite the happy post I made over the weekend I have been on one big emotional roller coaster. I do not know what to do with myself as I had put everything into my job for 26 years. That’s almost half of my life. It’s scary. I feel like all my dreams in life will only be dreams. But then again, my dreams didn’t include working at that place all my life. So maybe this is the start of something good. I will just have to have faith. It feels weird not getting ready for work in the mornings. 

What Next?
Honestly, I have no idea. 
I have already put in a few applications online. I have been turned down by some and hope to hear back from the others. I also will be heading up to the community college this week to get some info on taking some classes and if I can even afford it.

On a good note, nothing right now is holding be back from another beach trip, and when I go, I will not have to worry about catching up on my work load.



Sorry for the depressing post. I usually refrain from posting sad or bad news but it felt good to let it out here on the blog. I will be fine. And if you pray, say a prayer for me.

15 comments

  1. After 26 years, which should have made your boss feel more like family than just an employer, what a shame that he decided you were only worth two weeks notice with such a huge life change. That says something. You may find although you were comfortable in your old position, this change will become a blessing... open new doors, new challenges and rewarding accomplishments where you will be valued. Wishing you the best -

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  2. I am sooooo sorry. It is their extreme loss. I know just from knowing you here that you are dedicated and loyal and a hard worker and my heart aches for this curveball thrown at you. But I know you’ll rise, that this was Gods plan and that you are meant for something bigger and better. HUGS!

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  3. I am so sorry to hear this news. I do hope that something better comes along where you are appreciated for your dedication and hard work ethic. Good luck Lisa!

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  4. I'm so sorry.. That's a long time to be at one place and put your all in it and then just be let go like that.. Then just tell you that he's hiring someone else at lower pay.. he could have kept that to himself.. What a butt head..
    But when one door closes another one opens.. I'm sure something better will come along very soon Our heavenly father takes care of us.... In his time.. :-), Hang in there..

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  5. You said: ...... But then again, my dreams didn’t include working at that place all my life. So maybe this is the start of something good. I will just have to have faith. It feels weird not getting ready for work in the mornings. .....

    It will be the start of something good! Just keep the faith.

    You are a bright, beautiful and creative person.

    You did say something that is also the truth. SOMEONE will realize what a dedicated employee does. The same people that should have noticed it a long time ago.

    Anyway prayers for the future, now the beach will be even brighter, see it that way and think of the future as an adventure, Love from this side of the CAtawba.
    Yeah, and hold old Nick tight... That will surely help!
    Sherry & jack

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  6. I think this is going to be a great thing for you! God never takes something away without replacing it with something better and now you are on an adventure to find what that is! I know my daughter Summer got fired from a good job at State Farm years and years ago. She left her office that day and hunted me down knowing where I would be. In my van sitting and waiting for my two youngest children to have their piano lessons. She drove up and parked beside me, told me what had happened. I laughed! She was so caught off guard! I said she would never have quit that job and her boss was so much like her mean spirited dad and God has something better! And he did. She went on to become a real who’s who in the elite insurance world, with clients rich and famous. The best thing that could have happened to her at that time was getting fired and she still loves to tell the story about how her mother was so happy she laughed! I’m going to have fun watching where you go from here but I’m fully confident it’s going to be so much much better than where you have already been!

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  7. It is a job not your life..26 years you worked and worked..Most people have jobs that take them about 26 seconds like the fast and the furious..I live in a small town in Washington state growing by leaps and bounds, good jobs are rare here no income tax and living costs low as far as I am concerned..One can get busy living or get busy doing the other things in life..No job should be all work and no life after the job none..Most people get a door open when a person is let go..the fellow has no class telling you he hired a gal for lower pay to do your job half the time..your state may compensate you for that..just think of your hubs and your health and your family, try to find something that doesn't require you to work all the time, it is not worth it and no one is missed at any job after they retire or are fired, I am an older adult woman and I know where of I speak, believe you me, a job is just a job..Your health and hubs and family are worth more than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. I'm sorry to hear that. I'm sure you can find something new with as much experience you have. The thought of the "unknown future" can be scary.

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  9. I am so sorry Lisa. That is really a tough break. I know you have faith in God and He will see you through this. Right now it is so hard to see the good that will come out of this, but it will!!

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  10. Sorry to hear that, and yes, very difficult and traumatic to go through. But it sounds like you have some GREAT skills and experience. Who knows, you may find something even better that your last job!

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  11. Hi Lisa
    I am sorry to hear that you were let go! I know I always felt like I gave 110% at my jobs and then the position is no longer there, or they want someone cheaper. Do think of the positives. YOu can do what you want and you may find it more interesting. I'll be saying prayers that something good comes your way. Maybe enjoy sleeping in for a bit! :-) I know it was different for me, as I had to quit teaching because of my health, and for the last 10 yrs Ive been at home. It was a tough transition, but Im looking at the bright side.

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  12. I cannot imagine what that feels like. Talk about giving your life a whiplash! But there is something better for you. When God closes a door, He opens another. Pray on it. There is a new direction you need to go. Hugs!

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  13. I just saw this and I am so so sorry. I have only ever been 'let go' one time and it was a horrible feeling and, like you, no fault of my own. It just swirls around and around in your brain..and they hired an unqualified (read low pay). I am going to your next post and see if there is more info there. xo Diana

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