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Dear Smart Money People,

It has been a WHILE since I’ve written! I’ve missed you all. There has been a lot going on.

In mid- May I was laid off.

In June I was in full swing interviewing and actively working on what was next for my career.

End of June I accepted an awesome position with a great company.

I took off the month of July. First.Time.EVER. And it was awesome.

On August 1st I started my new role and it has been a whirlwind ever since. But the good kind. I love the people, the company, the mission and vision. The whole process was a blessing.

Here is what I learned and what I did:

1 . Be prepared. I was surprised but not shocked by the layoff. It was a blessing in disguise because I was not happy for a while. It was best that I moved on and this clearly got me moving. Because Bill and I have been super diligent about having a budget, living below our means and having an emergency fund, while the layoff was inconvenient, it was not a crisis. If you are prepared, this is most likely what you will experience too.

2 . Roll up your sleeves. If you’ve ever lost a job, or maybe even been fired, take a moment to gather yourself, then roll up your sleeves and get to work. It took me a few days to get my legs underneath me, come up with a plan and get to work on finding a new gig. I am very lucky that the economy is good and the industry I’m in is growing. I learned understanding I had work to do and accepted that, made it easier to lean into what I needed to do.

3 . Make a Plan. I had a plan for each day of what I was going to accomplish. Here is what I did:

  • LinkedIn: Search for 3 new companies in my space
  • Check out the new company’s product, services, and career opportunities
  • Investigate if I, or someone I know, knows someone at the company.
  • Apply for any relevant roles
  • Connect with people in my network that I have not spoken to in a while

4 . Write follow up and thank you notes DAILY. For every person I talked to I followed up with a thank you note or a next step note. This not only shows grace, but it is a practice of gratitude to be thankful for someone’s time or assistance

5 . Get inspired. I had a daily ritual of prayer, meditation, and motivation. I started every day with a positive attitude and time to center myself. It made all the difference in the world for me. I trained myself to focus on the positive by starting my day focusing on the positive.

Whether you are trying to get your money situation straightened out or are looking for a new job, or if you’ve been laid off, these steps can help you get yourself on a path to success.

Life is full of ups and downs. No matter who you are, what you do, or how much money you have. It’s just the way life works.

I encourage you to review the action steps I took and see if there is anything that you could do that might improve your situation.

I hope this was helpful.  Happy September.

Firmly planted in your corner cheering you on!

With love,

Karen & Bill


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