This is a very personal post, and I hope it resonates with my readers. I hope it encourages you to keep on keeping on, despite any setbacks or failures.
The past 10 months, to put it lightly, have been insane. Let’s recap:
April 2012: Left my job as an administrative coordinator at the University of South Carolina.
May: Moved to Birmingham, AL to be closer to my boyfriend and work as an administrative assistant for a large publishing firm. It was my first time living away from S.C. for longer than a couple of months.
June: Got engaged!
August: Quit my job after being reprimanded for not doing a great job, even though I knew I was doing my best. I was extremely saddened and disappointed and felt like a colossal failure. This was not the first time I had been reprimanded in a job.
September: Started a new job as a receptionist at a smaller firm, and started this blog.
October: One week before my wedding day, I was fired for too many absences. Those absences? Sick days and doctor’s appointments except for one. One day I had a wedding fitting. I’m still convinced I was fired because I was about to get married and take off for my honeymoon.
Despite this, I got married back in S.C. and had a wonderful time. My family and friends helped me pull it off very successfully.
November: After unsuccessful job searches, I began networking full-force for my administrative consultant and writing business. I decided my past failures were simply a sign I needed to venture out on my own.
I managed to land my first major magazine freelance writing assignment, which will be published in a couple of days.
January 2013: Thanks to a wonderful group of women in Erika Lyremark’s Daily Whip, I have acquired my first two clients and a third prospect.
I’ve done all this while struggling with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression, conditions I have had for many years but was exacerbated by all of these monumental changes. For a few months during this time, I had to go without medication until I was able to get medical insurance.
I’ve also had an old co-worker and friend pass away and a former business owner I really liked working with pass away very unexpectedly during this time. Both of these occurred in SC, unfortunately so I can’t attend yet another funeral.
And, yes, despite this – I have been able to persevere and move on and live my every day life. I have good days and bad days. Today is a bad day, but there is always hope for another great day tomorrow.
How in the world did I manage to do all of this? Honestly, I can only say it was the sheer grace of God and the wonderful help of extremely dedicated family and friends.
I’m currently writing an e-book about how to live your best life using writing.
I wrote the first draft in a couple of hours! I was so excited and I hope to launch it the same time as my new website.
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Thanks for reading and God bless.