It’s a few minutes before 10:00 a.m. and I have finished my coffee, caught up on Facebook, and skimmed my personal emails. Now what? I was laid off four days ago while I sat at my desk wearing a t-shirt embroidered with the logo of my former employer. That was on Friday. Although I have worked remotely for the last twelve years, I had a routine, and now my routine is broken. And I don’t know what to do with myself.
I’m the co-owner of a blog about living frugally, but still enjoying life. I was looking for someone to write a few posts for our blog about coping with a layoff, or in my case, “workforce reduction”. I guess I won’t be looking any longer. Looks like it’s time to step out of my warm and cozy comfort zone and do it myself.
I’ll try not to be boring. And not just recycle the advice we all keep seeing everywhere else.
I’ll do my best to be honest without being manipulative. Or trite. Or bitter. Or self-pitying.
It would be great if I could create something amazing in the style of the wonderful Allie Brosh and her outstanding blog and book, Hyperbole and a Half. ( Do you like the way I subtly snuck an Amazon affiliates link in there? Already looking for ways to replace my lost job.)
I’ll just try to be transparent and hope that something good comes from my experience. A job would be nice, but maybe at some point I will post something that someone else finds helpful. And people will be encouraged and share these posts and use my advice to save money and encourage each other and we will all get through this time of workforce reduction without drinking too much, stress-eating, or engaging in other self-destructive behavior, and we all get jobs! Yay! Thanks in advance for sharing with us your favorite bits of wisdom, best advice and strategies you used.