Thursday, March 21, 2013

Change is coming...

In the land of more upcoming lay offs....A typical day at work use to be hair pulling, mind boggling, eye rolling, daily dancing in the isle, hurry up and slow down kind of days. When the sale of our company was announced a few days after Thanksgiving that changed. (We got our lay off notices on Christmas Eve too, how thoughtful!). While the hair pulling, mind boggling, eye rolling still continues the dancing in the isles has all but vanished. It's sad actually. For the last 7 years I have worked for this company. I have met many people. Good, hard working people. I have spent the majority of my "awake" hours with these people.

There was 250 of us total. By February 26th we'd lost about 50 people. On February 27th 100 people were laid off. There is about 20 more people leaving around April 12th and then I will be in the next wave. 100 more people including me, will be laid off on May 29th. The remaining 30 or so will hang out til November. S'ok, most are looking forward to new opportunities. Many have already found new opportunities. Some will completely relocate east and start new lives. Kudos and more power to those people!

Me, well, the hub and I own an auto repair shop. I will be focusing my efforts on that. I've always thought of myself as adaptable. This is going to be a tough change. But that's ok. I will sit back and ride the wave til May. I am actually looking forward to working from home June, July and August before having a physical presence there in September. I hope everything works out.

Can't say that is as hard as the weight loss changes I have made though!

After all, this has been the year for change right!?!? And it all started with a decision, or rather, a choice, that I made about a year ago.

What have I found since then? What's been one of the coolest things about this whole thing so far?

YOU! I have found support in places I never would have thought to look! Who knew that I could find more support in strangers than in my home, neighborhood, or local circle. Who knew.

You all are so very awesome. And I know I've said it before, but Thanks!

So on that note, I leave you with a few more shout outs. Because everyone needs to be shown the love! And I believe in paying it forward! :)

Ryllie posted a challenge to post things that weigh as much as I've lost. Sounds fun so here goes! Are you game?!?

1) a 5000 BTU air conditioner
2) as my hub would say, "over 1 super large bag of dog food"
3) about the size of an average 8 year old
4) 4,480 quarters (if I did the math right)

Stop by and say hello to Harli and Jennifer too ~ They need love too.

One great thing about the company winding down!?!? I got caught up on ALL of your blogs today! I just hope I don't run out of internet! :)

Have a great night everyone!


  1. Wow! That's got to be tough. Hang in there!

  2. That sounds so tough but I'm glad you have such a positive attitude about it all! I'll keep my fingers crossed for all good things to come of this!

    PS - I lost the combined weights of my two youngest children!!!

  3. you seem to have a really good attitude about the changes that are coming for you...nice! And what a great list of things that weigh as much as you lost...I need to remember that one!

  4. Sorry you're not leaving your job by choice, but I'm a bit envious of your new opportunity. I've been at my job for almost 11 years, and trying something new and different sounds refreshing. Good luck to you!

  5. I know so many people who feel that being laid off ended up changing their life for the better. I hope this turns out to be true for you, too.

  6. I agree that the WLS blogging community is invaluable for many reasons. I love you all!!!

  7. Thank you so much for the shout out! That's a lot of quarters!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your job. It sounds like you've got a good attitude about it, which will make all the difference in the long run. I was in the same position 8 months ago and it has led to some pretty exciting opportunities for me. Fingers crossed it will be nothing but a positive change for you too.