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Hello, and welcome to Lemonade Tales! Pardon the dust while I get things rolling. I hope you enjoy the stories of inspiration, courage, and grace. I am humbled by each and every person and their personal struggles. This is the …

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You Need to Get Fired!

I was recently fired.

As scary as it sounds, I am so happy that it happened. It was an awful moment, I felt like I was losing my baby and a family. And it became clear that I was “just another employee.” However, it was probably one of the best things that could have happened to me.

I have always been afraid of failure. I am an only child and deep down I am a people pleaser at heart. I always wanted to make my parents proud and do the right thing. And for the most part I have. I was a good kid growing up. I didn’t do drugs or get involved with alcohol. I wasn’t part of the bad crowd and I got pretty good grades. I went to college and even went back to get my Master’s degree. I was driven and liked the taste of success.

What I didn’t realize was that I was on a path to a high-stress career mixed with a low-quality life — a recipe for never being satisfied. I became a workaholic, traveling around the country. Don’t get me wrong. I was doing some awesome things and I really loved my job, but I didn’t realize how much “noise” it was creating in my life. I became consumed with reading about my industry; being connected to all the social networks, doing all the “right” things, and in the process sacrificed a love life and peace of mind.

New Beginnings

What I have found out is that life is all about balance. I was lucky to find a job I loved. As they say, “If you love your work it won’t feel like a job.” I learned that when your passion consumes every waking minute… your job is unhealthy. I am now beginning to decompress and believe that I can love my work and still live a good life.

The day I was fired was the day I jumped two feet into a relationship with a man who has become very special to me. I don’t think that would have happened with all the noise and stress from my job. Being free allowed me to give of myself in a way that I hadn’t in years. I was now open to all sorts of possibilities and to what the future holds for me.

Now don’t get me wrong… being fired isn’t what I would have chosen. Especially given how it happened and the circumstances surrounding that day, but when life hands you lemons it is your job to make lemonade. I was a bit freaked out and I was terribly sad as I felt I was losing a family that I had grown to love very much.

Fortunately, I do have some of the best friends in the world and they rallied around me, bringing over champagne to toast new beginnings. My family has also been incredibly supportive about the entire process and wants only for me to be happy. I have felt a roller coaster of emotions since that day… I think I am just going through the natural stages of grief. I have been angry and I have cried, but not nearly as much as I would have thought. But all of it has brought me to realize that I now have the power to do something of my own. Not to work for someone else’s fortune.

About three weeks after being fired I woke up at 3:00 a.m. That’s when the next step in my career became very clear. I have wanted to become a motivational speaker for over 10 years, but I never knew what I would talk about or how to do it. I realized I have always been surrounded by some of the most extraordinary people who have gone through remarkable challenges and have taught so many people about grace, forgiveness, acceptance, strength, courage, and fearlessness. Many times they have done this quietly. I call them my “Silent Heroes.” I want to share those stories — I want to help people not feel alone in their life journeys and I want to inspire people to fight for their joy and happiness.

So I begin my adventure with Lemonade Tales. I am determined to make lemonade from the lemons of being fired. I am just adding my version of sugar and water: Hope, Optimism, Friends, Family, and Faith.

What lemons have you been handed and how have you made lemonade?

 

 

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