This morning I basically had to drag myself to work. Lately, the work load at my office has been super light and I knew I wasn’t going to have anything to do today. A couple minutes after I got into work, my boss called me into her office. I knew what was about to happen, and had a feeling it was coming. I just got laid off. Most people would be upset about losing their job, normally I would be too if I hadn’t already planned on leaving.
Originally, I planned to leave my job at the end of April before going on my Round the World trip. I’ve had to keep my plans pretty secret, and honestly haven’t made it super public yet that I am leaving on this grand adventure because I was afraid of my boss finding out before I had the chance to really tell her. However, over the past few months, our work has slowly continued to dwindle down, and I knew at some point a lay off in my department was going to happen.
Coincidentally, my dad’s company decided to expand this year and open up a new location down in South Carolina. Because of this expansion, my dad told my sister and I that this upcoming year would be a really good year to work for the company. So, once I knew things were slowing way down, I decided I was going to make the financial move of working at his company instead of staying where I was currently employed. You know you need to leave a company when you have to start using your paid time off during the week just so you can make 40 hours. I was tired of not having much to work on, and it seriously makes for such a long day and makes the day so long. By going to my dad’s company instead, I’ll be able to put in a bunch of overtime each week, which will be super helpful in saving up for my trip next year.
In the past I always tried to stray away from working for my dad because I wanted to figure out what I wanted to do on my own, and experience things myself versus what could just be handed to me. I am definitely fortunate to have the opportunity to work for him though, most people in my position would be scrambling to figure out what to do next, but no matter what happens in life with job losses – working there will almost always be an option until I figure out my next move. In this case, my next move is to travel versus finding a new job, which they are aware of. I might even have the option to work a little while I am abroad and exploring the world as well, and plan to go back to work at my dad’s company when I get back next fall. It will be next fall that I will really start to decide what my next move might be.
I’m sure come next fall, I am still going to be in such a wanderlust state of mind, but will also know that I need to save up some more money before the next great adventure. But until then, I am going to enjoy the next 2 weeks of not having to work. I plan to do some renovations on the blog during these two weeks, which will include a new layout and other features as well (hopefully that will all run smoothly!). I plan to enjoy my night out tonight in Boston for pre-birthday celebrations, as well as all other birthday and holiday celebrations over the next 2 weeks before it is time to go back to the real world. It’s pretty exciting to see where the next few months will take me since it will be quite the change!