Monday, July 19, 2010

When life hands you lemons...

...squeeze them into your vodka tonic.

I had a weekend full of Mondays, can I complain a bit?

First of all, I was unexpectedly let go from my job on Friday. It turns out, the parents I worked for have been looking into daycare centers for their child, to "socialize" her. I have no problem with centers, or this couple putting their child in one. What I do have a problem with is being interviewed and asked to make a year long commitment, and then being let go less than two months later because a spot opened up in the center of their choice. I take being a nanny very seriously, I think it is a huge responsibility and privilege to care for children, and it is something that I take very personally.

So, can I look at this situation objectively? Not so much. If I had been told the truth from the beginning, absolutely. However, after leaving a company I had been with for over 2 years, turning down several other offers, and hedging my finances on this opportunity, I am so not the proverbial, 'happy camper' today. Adding insult to injury, my former employers are also fellow church members, so I really do feel taken advantage of by someone I trusted. I don't play the victim card, I certainly do not think it was their intent to cause me financial or emotional harm, they're just doing what they feel is best for their child; but I do know I would have handled things differently, had the situations been reversed. Oh well, live and learn.

Moving on, I am set to move into a new apartment, actually a duplex, August first. Well, that was the plan before last Friday, I honestly can't justify taking on more expenses with no income to back them up. We shall see. I have two weeks to find employment, and I am trying my best to remain optimistic that another opportunity will arise if I keep my eyes open. Who knows? Maybe I will be blessed with a situation that is even better for me than this was. Either way, I hold no grudges and will not let a minor setback overwhelm me. All I can do is apply like crazy, and keep moving forward until something opens up. In the meantime, I have a fully stocked Hulu queue, an adorable puppy, and a man I'm crazy about to keep me company.

Mantra of the moment: Stay in the positive. Inhale, Exhale, Repeat.

"Keep Breathing" Ingrid Michaelson
"Back in the Saddle Again" Gene Autry

1 comment:

Brian said...

So sorry to hear about that! You did get screwed, but I am sure that the couple did not mean it to hurt. They are doing what is best for their child. I wish you the best of luck on your job search! I am sure something will turn out. The puppy and the man can keep you very happy and very sane over these couple of weeks!

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