I got laid off yesterday. Not "fully" laid-off, but reduced to part-time (20 hours a week with no benefits). Of course, they said it has nothing to do with me, yadda yadda yadda, and I do a great job and whatnot, but unfortunately, the economic situation is demanding some cuts in overhead. And yes, marketing = overhead since I'm not a billable employee. Truthfully? I wasn't upset. I wanted to go and click my heels together and celebrate. I feel bad saying that, but I know that I'll be okay. And I know that I'll probably be happier after a few months of learning to live on less. And I know that I have a super-awesome, supportive future-hub who will help me see this through.
Supposedly, there is a chance that they will be able to bump me back to full-time after a few months...but there's also a chance they won't. I'm going to bank on the former and make some changes in my life. I haven't fully decided what I'm going to do, and a lot of it will be left to fate...BUT, I am definitely going to go ahead and finish my real estate license before the end of the year when the course requirement increases by 30 hours. Second, I'm going to go full-force in working on my designs. Hopefully, I can suffer out the lower pay for a few months, get a little extra income going from the real estate thing, and start selling a design here and there. If all goes according to plan, I will be able to transition to mostly independent work without much pain.
Alternatively, I could get another full or part-time job. I've sent out a few resumes, so perhaps something will pan out. I don't love the idea of starting another full-time position, but since we are really trying to get our finances in top shape, it might be the best plan for the time being. A part-time job working retail or waiting tables or something could also be an option when I return from Thailand - especially since the holiday season will be in full-swing.
Whew. That's a lot of options...and a lot of unknown. The next few weeks will definitely be challenging as well as exhilarating.
OH, I'll also be working on my "LDU BFA." Using some other college's program descriptions, I began putting together the details of the program. I would welcome any suggestions to the program or any comments you might have! Be sure to note the concept and artist lists at the bottom of the page. They are all links to relevant articles on Wikipedia.
Wish me luck!