I'm three months post lay-off, and I've thought of this time as my summer sabbatical while I've explored potential new gigs - both corporate and consulting. I wanted to make the most of my time. If I had to reverse-engineer my to do list, this would be it.
Sit. Think. Heal. Don't get me wrong, the uncertainty that comes from the sudden end of a job has been be stressful. But wow, what a blessing it has been to allow my mind and body to heal from the everyday push. Hatha Yoga has been my sanctuary, and it's a habit I want to keep.
Apply agile principles to cleaning out the garage. My husband did not agree with this approach. Lesson learned: you must have buy-in from all parties for an agile program to work. Moving on...
Connect with vendors. This is one of the best things I've chosen to do with my time. When I was running a customer reference program I was slammed every minute, and didn't have the time to learn about new customer advocacy and insights technologies like SlapFive and Cognition Insights. I also had never looked in-depth at Point of Reference when I was evaluating customer reference management systems, so CEO David Sroka took the time to walk me through it. Not only was the sales pressure off so I could have more relaxed conversations with vendors I'd been curious about, but they also became great connections for me.
Try something different. I'm also a singer, songwriter and visual artist. And I can't sit still. So, I created the B Strings line of recycled guitar string jewelry and went on the local street fair circuit in addition to launching an online store. Follow me on Instagram.
Be authentic. I'm a firm believer that things work out exactly as they are supposed to. I may jump back into the world of full-time corporate employment if and when the right opportunity comes up. But for now, I'm working on consulting projects with great people who I've thoroughly enjoyed working with in the past, and I have more conversations lined up over the next few weeks. I'm right where I want to be.
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