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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Just a quick entry. I was laid off today. As in, about three hours ago.

Not 1000% unexpected, but unexpected enough. The IT Department was gutted and most of it is being outsourced. Ha, good luck doing my job -- the people I was training to take it over were ALSO laid off. So, no one can do ETL!

Hey, it's no longer my concern.

Right now I'm pretty tapped emotionally. I did not love it there, but I love working in Boston and being a part of the city so that much is not easy. Plus I will have to cut back, and the gym membership renews in two months (and it's downtown). It's a logical place to cut back. But in the meantime I will go any day I can -- not today, I didn't have my stuff with me and frankly I'm in no mood.

I walked. A lot. And I'm not going to drown myself in carbs.

It is, like I've said before, a monkey wrench, and there always is one. But wrenches are used for work. I will work again, and soon.

I am going to make it happen.
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  • no profile photo CD3248497
    hmmm I have come to realize crap happens for a reason. I am always here for you. That is the least I can do!

    4121 days ago
    Shucks J that rots. Don't ditch the gym membership - cut back on, umm, ummm, I don't imagine you have an expensive drug habit, do you? :)

    Can't wait to hear how this turns out, 'cause I know you'll spin it into gold!

    4125 days ago
  • ERIN1022
    This suck! I am so sorry. I hope you can find something even better next!
    4126 days ago
    Sorry to hear you've been laid off. Remember the saying "When one door closes another door opens." I know you like working in Boston but I have to say the Kendall Square area is nice too. Good luck in your search for a new job or career.
    4126 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/11/2009 1:37:15 PM
    Oh no. I am really sorry to hear that. Like so many others, I have been in your shoes and it's no fun at all. I hope that you can find something else quickly. And I am sure you will come up with ways to use the unanticipated free time productively.
    4126 days ago
    I was so self involved yesterday I missed this entirely and learned about it on the Mass team page. I am sooo hopeful for you that this becomes a good opportunity to find challenge and fulfillment in your life. Economy or no I am sure as an IT person you will be employed fast. My hope for you is that you get picky. I bet your gym could use some IT help in exchange for a whole year's membership, never mind a discount on your membership. Time to think outside the box. Polish off the resume. Make a list of the fabulous Boston places you want to work. And go check em out. Find out who you know on the inside. Don't assume the want ads are going to be the best source of info. You madam are a commodity that is precious. Don't sell yourself short in the light of the trauma of layoff. Go to a spa and treat yourself like a queen and build that confidence. You are awesome. (Sorry to blog all over your blog. I am all fired up over your options!)
    4126 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear this. I've been laid off several times in the past and it stinks. I know you will find something better and more fulfilling and in the end this will be a good change. Good luck!
    4126 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Sorry to hear this. I hope you are able to find a job that is even more fulfilling. Just remember that this is happening to a LOT of really good people; it really isn't personal, altho I know it feels like it is.
    4126 days ago
    You are way cuter than you were when you did this last time.
    The economy is getting better (says me people are calling to invite me to work)
    So I think it's just a matter of time. I can't wait until they ask me to go up to boston.

    Definitely get in as much time as possible at the gym so when you go back to work, you have taken advantage of this little break. I'm sure your pretty upset, but let that go, and take advantage of this break to do what needs done.
    4126 days ago
    Ugh! So sorry to hear this -- but it's your chance to show that you can have a new job in record time! You can do it!

    And if you've been a loyal member of your gym, it's a great time to PLEAD for some flexibility in price, payment, or whatever works. They do NOT want to lose paying customers! Particularly role models Iike you! Heck, maybe they'd let you teach a motivational class for a discounted membership rate. Figure out what you need and go ask for it. You never know...!
    4127 days ago
    I'm so sorry. I know exactly what you are feeling. It has happened to me twice. It doesn't sound like you loved it though. So maybe this is your chance to do something you love. I read several blogs during the day. One in particular that I read today was talking about how she got to doing something she loved. If you get a chance check out Oh She Glows. To make her story very short when she left a job she hated she made a list of the things she loved to do and figured out a way to do what she loved. She isn't making a ton of money right now but she is so much happier. Sometimes things like this happen because we aren't where we are supposed to be. This is your chance!! emoticon
    4127 days ago
    So sorry to hear this news. Something better will come along...a closed door is an opportuninty for another to open.
    4127 days ago
    So sorry to hear you have been laid off. But things do happen for a reason even if we don't know what it is.Maybe there is an even better job waiting for you.
    You are going to make it and be just fine.You are strong emoticon
    4127 days ago
    Sorry to hear about these turn of events. After the cloud clears, I hope you enjoy redesigning things in life. May all of your best interests be served.
    4127 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Who knows, amybe somebody at the gym where you workout, will know somebody, who knows somebody,etc,,, gatekeepers!!!
    4127 days ago
    I am sorry. Hopefully there is a better job right around the corner.

    4127 days ago
    Sorry to hear of your employment loss but with your winning attitude I'm sure you'll be able to stay on top of things and come out on top very soon! There's always something positive that comes out of a negative Keep us posted.
    4127 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Sorry to hear the bad news. A friend of mine in Boston was laid off yesterday too. I don't think there's a recovery going on here! Chin up, and keep up your healthy habits. It's an opportunity to get even more exercise in!
    4127 days ago
  • KIRSTY1306
    Awww that is terrible news =( I hope you can find another job soon, I really do. Just try your best to kee your chin up! I'm sure it'll get better , you know where you Spark friends are f you need us!
    Kirb xx
    4127 days ago
    Enjoy the carb fest! ;)

    Many hugs!! It's still a shock emotionally - continue to be kind to yourself, take each day as it comes, etc.

    The best advice I had when I was laid off was to not make looking for a job a full time job. Take this as a chance to focus on YOU. Cry, scream & laugh. Especially laugh... laugh often and laugh loud!

    I like Tuesday's take: It's a plot twist. Can't wait to see how the story evolves.
    4127 days ago
    Oh Janet, I'm so sorry!! Times are so tough and your attitude is admireable. Hang in there and let me know if I can help in any way!
    Meanwhile I'll promise to put my work frustrations in perspective and be glad I have a job. I know you'll find an open door somewhere. You HAVE a wonderful writing style and "voice" so perhaps you should listen to Glenda and write... emoticon
    4127 days ago
    Sending positive vibes! You WILL make it happen, I know it. emoticon
    4127 days ago
    Sorry to hear, Janet. emoticon

    Though I have to say, it's likely just what we call "a plot twist." Watch for the next open door and, in the meantime, market that book/article. You have a warm and witty style and a weight loss story that many will happily buy. I know you're going to land on top of the stack, probably smelling vaguely of freshly laundered workout wear. Ahhh..."sweet success."

    emoticon I'm rootin' for ya...
    4127 days ago
    Oh ugh. So sorry to hear about this!

    Hang tough. Let us know if we can help.

    One positive is that given how people judge with their eyes in this society, your hireability has increased with all of your fitness progress...
    4127 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/10/2009 3:35:11 PM
    I'm so sorry to hear this news, but you are right...YOU WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN!

    I will keep you in my thoughts and send good vibes your way for a new & better position!

    4127 days ago
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