On April 15th, 2020, the day before my birthday I was laid off from my job. Not a great way to start a birthday.
I was half expecting it, but my heart still sank. They announced layoffs were due to COVID-19.
— Whitney (@whit_wanders) April 15, 2020
Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry. 2020 was really looking up for me! I had a new job and was planning to share a career update with you. I still have an update... it just looks very different than I thought it would.
My background is working in media and advertising, I spent 10 years in Corporate America running advertising campaigns for some of the largest brands in the world. Now, if we were living in normal times I would just go out and get another job.
But we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies are not hiring or spending money. We are also still continuing to learn about this virus and at this point, getting back on track looks very far off.
Normally I would have my blog income to fall back on, but even that has suffered. My 2020 campaigns have almost all been canceled or put on hold.
It has officially been 1 month since I was laid off due to Covid-19. It has taken me a while to write this blog post. I have been processing, scrambling, and pivoting. My world has drastically changed.
I am in the process of moving out of my beautiful apartment - my home. I am negotiating my lease termination and finding a storage unit for all my furniture. I never thought this would happen. I am very sad.
I have tried to remind myself that I did not lose my job to my performance, but due to a global paramedic. It is still hard. The stress, panic, and uncertainty and have taken a toll on me. I tend to turn into myself when I am dealing with a lot of stress & anxiety. I do not reach out for help.
My identity is very much tied to my job and career. I feel like I have failed – at what, I am not sure. It is just so frustrating to feel like you are going backward and not forward.
I shared I had lost my job on IG Stories and I got so many messages from people in the same position. People who were also feeling vulnerable, anxious, and scared. You made me realize I am not alone in this journey.
Remember, real life rarely looks like an Instagram feed. It rarely shows the more vulnerable moments. The hard moments. The heartbreaking moments. This is a real pandemic with real-world consequences. It is happening to us now. All I can do is keep myself afloat as I figure out my next move.
so what is next for me.....??
I am working on a Reader Survey for next week. With all these changes there is a lot of different directions I could go with on the blog. But I want to know what will best serve you. What would you find most valuable?
I am building out a NEW Series for the blog. I want to know what type of content and topics you want me to highlight as we figure out this new normal together – so stay tuned for more!
Moving Into 2020
The good news is that there are silver linings in all of this! I know, I am very lucky to have a family who supports and encourages me. I have my health. Another positive is that I became an auntie for the 4th time! I have a beautiful niece. I look forward to spoiling her.…as soon as I land a job
So here I am trying to find my way in the middle of a pandemic, jobless, moving back in with my parents, and trying to find my new normal. I am not there yet, but I am on my way.
Thank you for listening, thank you for your visits and if it’s your first time here – I hope I see you again soon!
Ps. If you know of someone who has lost their job – please forward them this! And let them know they are not alone!