Well, the other day I came across the following comic and it made me laugh out loud (literally). I never actually thought that this cartoon would feel like real life. But, today it does. Take a peek and allow me to explain:
As a blogger that really, really cares about what she writes and the people that read, blogging feels like a job to me, even though I don’t get paid as much as I would for a full-time job. It feels like a certain kind of job, A DREAM JOB! I mean that in every sense of the phrase. I love writing, being creative, being encouraged to try new things, hearing from you (readers and other bloggers), connecting with like-minded companies and making new friends. Most of all, I love that my writing helps people. I love getting comments and tweets from all of you. I get countless e-mails daily from people asking advice even about things that are not blog related per se, from dealing with a family member who is suffering from addiction to um…bikini waxes (it hurts- it’s worth it, ladies- promise. I do have several tips to make it a less painful experience).
I love the support I get from all of you as well. The encouragement has provided me with the confidence and drive to try things I would have been petrified to attempt (cough , cough: training for a marathon). I hope that you will all continue to push me and encourage me. For the past week I have been writing about something going on in my life that I was not yet ready to talk about. I am ready now, and I want to thank you from the very, very, bottom of my heart for you support and e-mails.
As of tomorrow at 4:45 pm, I will no longer be employed by the University I have worked for for almost 4 years. It is a long story, but my leaving is not 100% my choice and has come as a bit of a shock as I was unprepared for my departure (and no, before the rumors start, I was not fired). It is a long story and I prefer not to get into all the details as I don’t think I need to. It is between me and my employer and I thank you kindly for respecting that As you can imagine the very unexpected loss of a job is stressful, especially since Adam and I are renovating a house and therefor not living there (aka paying rent and a mortgage). Also, I will now have to pay my tuition out of pocket for my last two semesters of graduate school.
At the end of the day, I am sad and disappointed and REALLY STRESSED! But, let’s be honest, life could be worse, right? I have my health (errr…for the most part), I am SURROUNDED by love, and I have my faith that things will work out and that God has a plan for me. Really, what else does a girl need, right?
I am a firm believer that if you want something, you need to put it out there to the universe and ask for it. That being said, here is my little note to our lovely universe:
First of all, thanks for being so huge and awesome! I am hoping that this experience make me a stronger and happier Ali than I was before. I am also asking that it provide me with a new career path and the cliche “something better” that everyone has told me must be waiting for me on the other end of this. I would love to do some more writing or something in the health, fitness or fashion area while I am interning and finishing up my masters. Thanks for you attention.
With love and absolute awe,
So there you have it, that is what is going on! I have let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Thanks for your concern and compassion over the last week. You guys seriously ROCK! xoxoxoxox