I'm serious. Tomorrow is going to be the best Monday morning I've had in 6 years because I don't have to go to work. What makes this particular Monday better than all the other vacation and holiday Mondays, is that there is no day looming in the future that I have to return to my job because I got pink-slipped.
Actually, there was nothing pink and no slip, but I definitely lost my job. My position and 13 others in our office were eliminated on Thursday due to "company restructuring". It wasn't a complete surprise, the company has been for sale for almost six months so we all knew it was going to be a possibility at some point. And I, for one, couldn't be happier.
Don't get me wrong - I completely sympathize for my former co-workers who are feeling lost and worried. All of them are extremely talented and hard-working people who definitely did not deserve to lose their jobs. What I am excited about is that this is exactly the push I needed to jump head first into a successful career as a self-employed freelancer. This is a goal I have been seriously talking about for a while, and dreaming about for even longer. I know I should be feeling more freaked out by the uncertainty of the next year, but for some reason, I'm not. Maybe I am still in shock, or more likely it is the fact that the majority of my close friends are self-employed and seeing how successful and fulfilled they all are gives me confidence that it's totally doable if you are passionate and work hard.
So that's the plan so far - be passionate, work hard, and figure out the rest of the plan. I have a lot to accomplish in the next couple months, including naming and branding my business (finally!) and preparing for the upcoming holiday craft fair season. I will continue to post here about my work, events and inspiration and you can also find me on twitter (@alisabobzien), which I am totally addicted to. Lastly, if you or anyone you know is in need of design services, please keep me in mind.
All together now, CHEERS!