Monday, February 17, 2014

Silver Linings

The beginning of 2014 has been a tough one in our home.  January 17th, Todd was let go from his job of over 7 years.  He was fortunate enough to find a new position that same week and started his new job a few weeks later.

On Valentine's Day, I was informed that my hours at work would be cut starting the next week, therefore, my pay would be 25%.  To say that I didnt see this coming would be a lie - the company has been selling less and less with each passing month with February being nearly dead.  Over the past couple of months, I've witnessed a coworker lose 25% of his pay (and maintain his hours), another one let go and yet another who had his hours cut by 25% as well. 

After the shock of learning that my hours have been cut for a job that I have been going to for over 11 years, I quickly realized the silver lining that this provides me (and Todd).  They include:
  1. More time in the mornings to spend with my husband and our fur-family. 
  2. Time to be able to get out when the sun comes up in the morning with the pups to get exercise in each day: there are no more excuses!
  3. Time to get my chores done...before work!
  4. Time to focus on starting the business that has been floating around in my head for the past 6 months.
  5. No more alarm clocks needed in the mornings since I dont have to leave until 9:30.
  6. No more rush hour traffic!
  7. Less time away from home and my fur-babies.
  8. The realization that we live as we do (watching/minimizing our spending and having an ample emergency fund) for times like these.  
The truth of the matter is that I have not been happy where I am working for many years.  This very well be the push that I need to get out there and find a position closer to home that is more in line with how I best do business (creating and maintaining strong relationships) and an employer who is willing to foster my yearning to learn and grow as a professional. Todd was able to find this in his new position and comes home every day saying, "Why didnt I do this sooner?"

I am thankful to have a husband that supports me in whatever I decide to do: stay with my current employer with the limited hours or find a new position.

What are you grateful for today?


  1. How wonderful that you have such a positive perspective on something that most would consider devastating. Living below your means, without debt, certainly makes a difference and your story is a testimony to that.

    1. Thank you, Rachel. What a sweet comment.

  2. This post is made of awesomeness.

    1. Lol. Every time I find silver linings in bad situations, I think about all you've told me about Epicurus. I think I may have been his daughter several lives back. :-) I have a couple of books on my "hold shelf" at the library to read about him. Thank you for telling me about his philosophies and encouraging me to learn more about him!!