Iâ€™ve recently learned not to get too comfortable with what I would consider a normal routine. For a little over the past five years Iâ€™ve worked for my current employer faithfully along with juggling all my personal chaos. Itâ€™s funny that I actually thrive on chaos because when things get too calm, I donâ€™t know what to do with myself. Iâ€™m the mother of four children (2 teens, 1 tween and 1 preschooler), maintain my blog and publish articles 3-4 times a week, started a graphic design business back in 09â€™ and keep a crazy schedule to be successful in all that I do. Iâ€™m always mom first, and once home is taken care of I can do everything else with ease. Iâ€™m usually complaining about needing more hours in the day to complete projects, time management and lacking rest. Well. My complaints may have been answered in a round a bout way.
Last week I was called into my supervisorâ€™s office for a small meeting, I had no idea what to expect. Well after all was said and done due to budget cuts and other important factors I am now a PT employee for the company. My hours, salary and benefits have been affected by this change. Iâ€™m scared, nervous and still processing the information. I have been trying to look at this situation as a blessing in disguise! I will now work from 9am â€“ 2pm vs. 9am â€“ 5pm. Iâ€™m still getting used to this change. I get off at 2pm and get the strangest feeling likeâ€¦ What do I do now? So I had to sit down and make some decisions after sheer panic. Do I look for another PT job so I can continue to have a FT income, do I focus on my Jael Custom Designs brandâ€¦ What do I do now? I immediately updated my resume and started to search and submit it on job search engines.
I had a pitty party for myself that didnâ€™t last very long because Iâ€™m surrounded by family, friends and business colleagues that motivate me and have solid faith in me even when my faith may be tested at times. Iâ€™ve been told to make a decision, either Iâ€™m going to sink or swim and take my destiny in my own hands instead of leaving it to someone else. That being saidâ€¦ Iâ€™ve started to make lists of what Iâ€™d like to accomplish. Iâ€™m going to have to set monthly goals and really work towards them. Iâ€™ve always had the security of my FT job and didnâ€™t rely on income from my business, because it wasnâ€™t consistent. I didnâ€™t drive my business sales because frankly I was scared I wouldnâ€™t be able to supply my services with the demand. I liked accepting projects at my leisure and getting referrals from my clients.
I guess Iâ€™m going to look at this set back as a blessing and take the time to do for myself what Iâ€™m so good at doing for others… BRANDING & MARKETING! Iâ€™ll take this time to really grow and expand my brand and my skill set to offer my clients more. Iâ€™ve focused on Graphic and web design but, Iâ€™m a career driven marketing professional and networking is my business! After all thatâ€™s how I build all these awesome relationships that last! Iâ€™ll push myself to stay positive, faithful and motivated. I can be thankful I’m not completely unemployed! So, I guess Iâ€™m going to take these lemons and progressively it will become sweet lemonade. If you have any words of wisdom, please share.