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Losing My Job Was the Best Thing That Happened To Me

It has taken me some time to write this post but I am ready to share my story and my testimony.

If you have been following me for a while, then you remember that last year three days shy of my birthday trip to Los Angeles I was laid off from my job. I shared some of my story last year and you can read more about it here.

September 21st, 2016 started like any other day but something felt off. My manager at the time acted really weird the entire day but I didn’t pay it any mind because she was one of those high-stress people who are always just so stressed and irritated about everything.

So at 3 pm, I come back from paying some bills with the accounts receivable department (I was an administrative assistant for a hospital), and I hear whispering coming from my manager’s office. Out walks her and a woman who I didn’t know. She tells me to step into the conference room.

I knew something was about to happen but I had no idea that I was going to be let go. She starts the conversation off with a joke but I don’t laugh. There is nothing funny about what she is going to say next. No warning or anything was given (and I know they don’t have to warn you). She tells me that my services are no longer needed and that it was my last day. Oddly enough the week before I had already packed up my desk. I guess this was God’s way of telling me that it was time for me to move on. I even had a bag in my desk to put all of my things in. Surprisingly I was very calm and didn’t even shed a tear. I gathered my things and they walked me out.

When the doors closed behind me I looked back and proceeded to the CTA station. I called my husband and told him ” They just let me go”. Wow, I have never in my 15 years of employment been let go from a job. It hit me, what am I going to do, I started to cry. Not because I was sad but because I didn’t know how to feel at the time.

I got home and had a why me moment. I talked to my husband and then realized that I couldn’t sit and have a pity party. I grabbed my computer and applied for Unemployment. Ironically, my unemployment check was the same salary of the job previous to the one I was let go from. Talk about Gods blessings.

I had a writing opportunity in the works and I emailed my contact. The next week I was writing for NaturallyCurly. I didn’t waste any more time feeling pitiful I got to work. I put work into my blog every day and got paid opportunities left and right. I worked hard and people started to notice. I was home with my daughter for 8 months, I never complained, played the victim, or was negative. This was my time to shine, to grind, to have the opportunity work hard at my passion. I was given a chance to rise higher. The week after my Unemployment ended, I got the call of my dreams!

I am happy that my mindset was different at this point in my life because I was able to see the good in my situation. I realized that God closed one door for a reason, and I didn’t know the reason yet but I trusted in him. I trusted him that something better was on the way.

God will never take something away from you without the intention of replacing it with something better.

So whatever you are going through know that if you trust God he will deliver. I wanted to share my story and give those who may be recovering from a job loss some advice and encouraging words. It will be ok, trust in God, stay positive and know that better is coming.

Losing my job was the best thing that happened to me

I will no longer think that I have to work a “traditional” job to make it. I am no longer afraid to take a leap of faith. I took this situation and saw the potential for me to grow, to start a new chapter in my life doing what I love! Loosing my job was not a burden but a blessing. I was given an amazing opportunity to start a career in a field that I dreamed of working in doing a job that I love!

It is so crazy to look back and read my story and how I stated that 2017 would be the year of new beginnings. 2017’s word was MANIFEST and that is just what I did!! GOD IS SOO GOOD!!


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  • Vecoya
    August 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    How inspiring! God turned that situation around so glad you looked at the bright side.

    • Michelle Thames
      August 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Kirstin N. Fuller
    August 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    WOW! Who knew we were experiencing the exact same thing. I was just laid off from my job of 9 years. It happened on June 15, 2017. It hurt but know (like you) I see the blessing of it all. I too am working on my blog, securing paid opps and in the process of launching a new blog and an fabulous online store. If you’re ever in the DC area, let’s lunch and strategize together. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Michelle Thames
      August 24, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      Blessings to you!! Thank you so much! I’ll actually be in DC this weekend for Ubiquitous!!

  • N perry
    August 24, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Amen enjoyed your story, true testimony! It was a much needed read and reminded me to look on the bright side of things ?

    • Michelle Thames
      August 24, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much for reading and for your support!

  • Shaundra
    August 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    This is so amazing! I’m actually about to write a blog post about being let go from my job and it being a blessing beyond measure. I’m so happy for you!

    • Michelle Thames
      August 24, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you so much! Many blessings to you!! Please share your blog post once you write it!!

  • Amina
    August 25, 2017 at 11:51 am

    So proud of you, Michelle! Your journey has been so awesome to see transform – God is never late!! See you in Jamaica!!

    • Michelle Thames
      August 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Thank you so much Amina!! Yes, lets turn up in Jamaica!

  • Kim Imageperfec
    August 25, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    It’s crazy how life throws you right in the position you needed to be in, you have a Beautiful souls and a strong will and you deserve all the goodness you’ve experienced! Thank you for sharing ❤️

    • Michelle Thames
      September 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Awwww Thank you so much!! I appreciate you so much

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