Losing a Job without Losing Your Mind

hot waterIf you’re a follower of my other blog, “Ask a Catholic Editor,” you know that two days ago I lost my job as editorial director at Servant Books, an imprint of Franciscan Media.

Yes, it sucks as much as it sounds like it does. Let’s get that out of the way first, so no one accuses me of not living in reality. No one likes to be blindsided like that, and it is a real hardship suddenly to have my family’s much-depended-upon income cut in half. (Thank God my husband’s job is still going strong.) BUT . . .

When people have reached out to me, they are surprised to find that for the most part, I’m really okay. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’ve had three different jobs in the last six years, or simply because I’ve always considered my job as a calling. Maybe both. In any case, I really do believe that God is going to show me the next step when it’s time to . . . step. Meanwhile, one of my FB friends, Martha Fernandez-Sardina, sent me an email I wanted to share with anyone who might be going something similarly dreadful, because it was for me a much-needed encouragement and source of perspective. Her note read:

“RECOMMENDATION…”

  1. Thank God!
    • For the time spent
    • For friendships made
    • For the goals achieved
    • For the lessons learned
    • For what he has in store.
  2. Take a break.
    • Physically
    • Emotionally
    • Mentally
    • Professionally.
    • Heal.
  3. Assess.
    • Strengths and weaknesses
    • Wants
    • Needs
    • Opportunities
    • Challenges
  4. Laugh. Love. Live!
    • Replenish “happy chemicals” endorphins
    • Spend time with friends
    • Laugh hourly
    • #GetLove
    • #GiveLove.
  5. Don’t forget.
    • This too shall pass.
    • #RememberYouAreLoved

Still need a bit more encouragement? Check out my friend Sharon Wilson’s blog post series on surviving “the layoff.