Like so many others this week, I had a rough one. A contract I had held for years was terminated. I was not naive to what was happening in the world. In fact, I had been mentally preparing for this moment – it was a client in the restaurant industry and considering how hard they are being hit right now, well, the writing was on the wall. But, even so, I would be lying to say that it didn’t sting when I got that big slap of reality.
I have felt all the emotions this week. Panic and fear have surely been present. But, I am also feeling re-energized, inspired and determined. Sure, it’s cliché, but I have always lived by the words “everything happens for a reason” and now is no different.
I am fortunate, as I do have other clients – and if any of you are reading this right now – I appreciate you and continue to be thankful for the work! I am a businesswoman, and am always looking for additional clients, so I am pounding pavement (or email and social media as it were, considering we are quarantined) and feeling motivated to use this time to refocus. Another cliché, but “when one door closes, another opens”, right? That phrase has always resonated with me and my glass-half-full-self is confident that will continue to be the case, as I have a conference call with a potential new client next week (thank you, T.P.)! So grateful for the recommendation and optimistic for the outcome.
I have always been somewhat of a workaholic and not taking time for myself. I took up yoga this year and somewhat surprisingly, I am hooked! It has not only helped me physically, but has also been a great way to release the mental stresses of the day. Volunteering has also been something I have wanted to pursue, but had trouble finding something that I felt connected to and where I felt I could adequately focus my time and energy. But, just last month an opportunity popped up in my email and I inquired about it. Fast forward to today and I am excited to be volunteering with a great organization (more on that in another blog post). I say all this because in this wicked storm we are all living in right now, try to find the good in it all. Try to find something that you have been putting off and put your focus into that. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable…after all, I am writing this blog post and feeling a little out of my comfort zone, but I am DOING IT. Things WILL get better, my friends. I truly believe that.