Life and Changes

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In case you missed the tweet over the weekend, I find myself faced with unemployment once again.

Been four years and change since I last had that hurdle placed in front of me.  No easier now than it was then.  I think it may actually be harder this time around, because of those four years going to the same place and working every day with some truly fantastic people.

I have not blogged much about my job, and that’s on purpose.  I don’t believe it’s smart to talk that much about your job online these days.  You know some general stuff, like, I’m a Marketing Director in the Mortgage Industry.  I think that’s enough, really.

There’s been an outpouring of support from Twitter buds and I truly appreciate that.  Right now, I have 2 months to find another job, so there is that.  The owner of the company was very cool and classy in that regard.  I’ll continue to do a few things for him over the next two months, working from home, and will have the freedom to pursue new endeavors.

People keep asking me how I feel and that is difficult to articulate right now.  It’s never easy to find yourself in this kind of situation.  I guess I can best sum it up by saying I haven’t slept much since this came down Thursday/Friday.  We’re in a bad economy and employers are slow to hire and there’s lots of competition for the jobs that are out there.  None of that lends to a sense of calm.

The next question people as me is: What’s your plan?

Well, I don’t have one.  Not yet.  I have some ideas (wrote them on the whiteboard).  But I need a minute.  Maybe two.  To decompress, to come to terms, to find that sense of center and purpose that helps us move forward.

I’m not there yet.  But I will be.

Right now I want to thank everyone for their kind words, their support, and most importantly – their friendship.  It means a lot to me every day to know that so many care about me, but especially in times like these.

~P

6 comments for “Life and Changes

  1. February 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Hah! I beat Paul to the punch. (Take that Weimer.)

    Ahem…just wanted to say best wishes, and I hope it ends up working out for the better. You certainly have a lot of other interests and having more time to devote to them *could* be a good thing.

    Best of luck!!

    Write on!

  2. February 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    In case you missed the tweet over the weekend, I find myself faced with unemployment once again.

    Oh &D^! I missed that Patrick. I’m sorry. Having faced this a couple of years ago, I feel your pain. And hope for a quick rebound.

  3. Rick
    February 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    First, let me say sorry to hear that. Though, you’re a smart dude, I’m sure you’ll land on your feet.

    Though I must admit, my first reaction to this was “Yesss! We’ll get to read TONS of Sam Kane!” =)

    See ya next week, man.

  4. February 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I’m with Rick. This means more time to write up the third Sam Kane novel!

    In all seriousness, I’m sure a brilliant guy like you will land on your feet in no time flat.

    Drop a line if you need help with a resume critique, or just someone to hang with over a good dinner.

    Chin up!

  5. February 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Man, that is a tough one to deal with but you have the skill set to bounce back quickly. Take some time to gather your thoughts, shake off the sting of this unfortunate event and then move forward.

  6. February 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I’m sorry to hear that. If it’s any consolation, I was in the same boat just over a year ago, so I completely get where you are right now. Hang in there. I hope you can get some writing done, but don’t beat yourself up about it if you can’t. If you were in the mortgage industry you’re probably lucky your job lasted as long as it did.

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