November 15, 2008

Another victim of the economy?

Last night I got a call that could be the beginning of the end… or it could be nothing. I don’t really know for sure yet, but will have a better sense on Monday.

The call came while I was at a dinner trying to convince some college students to sign their job offers with my firm. Wouldn’t that be ironic if I got my layoff call while I was recruiting kids who are essentially my replacements? Instead of going to bed at a reasonable hour, I spent the night freaking out, crying, trying to figure out what’s going on and whether this call meant anything or if I was paranoid, and brainstorming alternate career paths.

When I did get to sleep, I had nightmares all night. However, my “nightmares” had nothing to do with work, but were dreams about me eating three pieces of cheese pizza. I woke up feeling sick and disgusted with myself for overindulging, and spent the first ten minutes after I woke up trying to figure out if I had actually gone and eaten three pieces of pizza or if it really was just a nightmare. Interesting that I seem to be as scared of three pieces of pizza as I am of losing my job.

I don’t really feel like going to Tulsa for the marathon. I want to go home and lie in bed and panic and wallow. That’s what Monday will be for…


21 thoughts on “Another victim of the economy?”

  1. I hope that it is nothing. Don’t let it spoil your marathon-that is what running does for us, it relieves stress and is a constant through rough times. {{{**Hugs**}}}

  2. Hi, I’ve been lurking on your blog it by the way! Just wanted to say enjoy the marathon, and good luck with your job, I hope things turn out well for you!

  3. Man, I’m hoping for the best. Good luck in the marathon. Run the marathon for stress relief, but don’t think about it too much (or at all if you can) during the marathon. Enjoy running for what it is.

  4. Stay positive … I think it is a good sign that they have you are recruiting. Logic dictates that a company would reduce hiring before letting people go. Your client companies are going through rough times too. Being a consultant could place to in demand as they look at replacing their workers by outsourcing. You have shown that you are a team player by doing your past assignments well and your long commute to your new assignment. I bet you are going to get the standard tighten you belt, watch your expenses and increase your billable hours speech. Good Luck.

  5. Can’t say I’m not scared a bit for you. And if I was in your shoes I’d be freaking out the same way you have.

    Good luck all around. I’m rooting for you!

  6. How stressful. The one thing I try to remind myself when I stress, worry, and fret is the fact that 99% of the things that we worry about just never end up happening. Just keep reminding yourself of that.

    Good luck in the marathon!

  7. I hope it’s nothing! If it is bad news, don’t be afraid to grieve for a while. If you still have a job, talk to your boss and mentor about what you can do to make sure you keep having a job!

  8. I’m going to lend you some advice my father once gave me.

    “Never be a victim, be the product.”

    You have the chance to do something great regardless of what happens. Sure, it takes sacrifice and struggle but you are similar to myself in that aspect, when thrown into a challenge… we thrive. Your youth, knowledge, experience and conviction will pull you through these tough times.

    I believe 🙂

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