dressed up like a lady: Family Meeting Time! AGAIN!

Oct 7, 2014

Family Meeting Time! AGAIN!

Guess what kids! I got laid off!


Me and 60% of my office. It's a big fucking bummer for me and a lot of other hard working people, who I won't get to see every day after December 31st (when my department dissolves, the rest of the Ann Arbor office has til June). But Akane and I are still dancing here, cause fuck it, I was kind of getting sick of that place anyway.

MC still has his job there -- his department was one of the two that didn't get axed completely. So now the question is what should I do with my life? I'd recently soured on law school when I started working at Rovi (then AMG) 10 years ago. Should I start studying for my LSATs? Get a baccalaureate in dietetics? Start teaching singing lessons? Finish a novel? Turn it into a screenplay? Focus on sourcing and selling vintage? Start doing videos on fashion and film? Become an unlicensed P.I. like Jason Schwartzman on Bored to Death? So many options. Feel free to chime in.

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  1. Do an array of things! Don't choose just one thing. Do everything you want to do!
    xo,
    Jenny
    www.mishmoshmakeup.com

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    1. That kind of empowering statement is VERY helpful at this moment. Thanks, Jenny. :)

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  2. I think you should do a vegan food blog. I realize that's not necessarily a money-making suggestion, but I know that some food bloggers who hit the right 'niche' can make enough to live on and then some, and I think your attitude/writing voice would work really well. I don't know. Hm.

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    1. I also like this idea, I'd read it and I'm not a vegan!

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    2. I love this idea! Please do a food blog too, no matter what you decide to do!!

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    3. THAT I did not see coming! I thought the vegan stuff was barely tolerated! Comedian Chelsea Peretti jokes that her least favorite thing about the vegan diet is the part where you talk about it all the time. Ha! I guess I'll have to give this some serious though. Maybe I could tuck Peretti's quote into a sidebar just to keep my head straight. Heh, anyway, thanks Katie. :)

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    4. Alison, that totally blows my mind. Thanks for this feedback!

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    5. Okay, you got it, Rachel. I'll post about food for sure, I promise. :)

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    1. Okay, but you'll have to be my recipe guinea pig! ;)

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear this.
    Well, maybe you need such a change ( I know this may sound...not good).
    Food blog, or even better- healthy life oriented blog- you know so much about nutrition and diet, I think something like that may be a good challenge for you. Of course, this shouldn't be the only thing. Are you planning to look for a new job?

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Zuba! I am so happy to hear that folks would like to read a vegan/health/lifestyle blog! I am indeed also considering looking for a new job, but I'd like to make a conscious choice that whatever I do, it's something I've consciously chosen and will enjoy. I just need to figure out what that will be! :)

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  5. Girl, I am in the SAME BOAT. So sour on my retail career of the past ten years, tired of working more than living, not getting to explore my full creativity and feeling locked into one income source sucks, what happens when it goes away? My plan is to find a mindless 9-5 job where I have the brain power & energy after work to focus on my OWN SHIT, like creating things to sell, sourcing vintage, "Upcycling" (vomit, i hate that word) old furniture and selling it all in various avenues throughout Austin, all with the intent of OPENING MY OWN GODDAMN RETAIL SPACE in a year? 18 months? Shit, its scary & if I fail, what happens then? But fuck it, ill never know if i don't try. BUT I also love food & making food & the science behind food & nutrition, maybe i want to go back to school to be a dietitian or nutritionist, I don't even know the difference but i can shake the feeling that that would be awesome too. WHAT DO I WANT TO DO WHEN I GROW UP? (also, when do i grow up? I’m 33 goddamn it)

    Enough about me...You're way to fucking amazing to be pegged into one thing plus you have a vitality that is magnetic, so any thing you pick is going to be a GINORMOUS success. YOU ARE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.

    xoxox
    VividVoltage

    ps. i totally miss blogging, partly b/c of the conversations we had through comments! now that we are both unemployed and questioning life, our long lost cosmic twin fate has been sealed!

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    1. Also 33, also waiting to feel grown up . . . and I even have a kid! Still trying to figure out what I want to be when (if) the growing up ever actually does happen.

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    2. I've been wondering about your "fun-employment"! I should have figured the world's other ballsy, colorfully haired action girl was going through the same thing! This has GOT to be a sign from the universe that we're not meant for boring, 9-5 lives at companies we barely tolerate. And that there's officially no such thing as "grown up." :)

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  6. I'm sorry you got laid off girl, but you can do any of those jobs you named and many more I'm sure you haven't thought of yet.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. Not gonna lie, a boost like that from a gal like you is pretty much exactly what I needed. :)

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  7. Oh goodness! I won't say I'm sorry only because I am sure this will mean amazing things for you. It's cliche, but it really does seem to happen that people find something better after a lay off happens. Good luck and know you will be great at whatever it is you do!!

    www.fashionistastyle1.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, thank you, Londyn. You're right, everybody I've ever known who's been laid off has ended up being happy about it! I can't wait to discover what's next. :)

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  8. Oh! The obvious - a You Tube channel about personal style. My amiga is doing crazy good on You Tube.

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    1. That's awesome! Okay well maybe I'll have to give it a shot then. :)

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  9. I love your attitude! My best advice is to pick something and do it full stop (seems your speed so probably won't be a problem). When I went thru my divorce + move out of state + major life overhaul, I was asking myself the same question. And, had a similarly lengthy and diverse list of options. For me it was sort of paralyzing and I spent waaaay too long being indecisive. I ended up going back to grad school (err on the side of caution and $$, being a separated parent and all) but you have more flexibility and stability. Follow your heart! What sounds like the most fun?

    One of my closest friends recently graduated with a PhD in chemistry from a top-tier (think MIT) institute. Problem is, she no longer has any interest in being a chemist. So now she's doing freelance work for an animal rights group, teaching painting classes, and hosting a trivia night at the local bar. She's pieced together a modest income and she's so. fucking. happy.

    You can do anything!

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    1. Well damn, you and Stephanie (of Vivid Voltage) and I should start a little club! Your description of your friend getting a chem degree she no longer cares about does have a ring of truth to it -- I'd bet if I got my JD, I'd end up hanging it on the wall, patting myself on the back, and henceforth never wanting to speak to another lawyer ever again. ;)

      It really is kind of crazy how challenging it is to narrow down my options. Thank you so much for sharing that all those choices were kind of overwhelming to you too! If a kickass goddess like you could feel a little baffled by the sheer enormity of what's out there, then surely there's hope for me. :)

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