My previous post was about a door being slammed in my career. Suddenly, I would no longer be a college instructor. After a few days of being upset, followed by a few days of soul-searching about whether or not I wanted to work at all (I do), I decided to go in search of new opportunities. I cleaned up my website, then sent out a few emails to some of my closer contacts from back in my days of working in Washington, D.C. I asked only that they keep me in mind for future editing, writing or PR projects.
And wow, the door may have closed, but many windows have opened. My old colleagues came back with positive support and encouraging ideas, as well as some concrete job offers. It looks like I may be doing social media and communications for a magazine (more on that when it's finalized). I'm also doing a quick editing job on an academic paper, which is another direction I could take locally. Folks, I am so blessed to have a skill set that will allow me to make some money at home, the support of helpful friends, and the ability to start slow, so that I can focus first and foremost on my mothering duties, while still using my brain a few hours a day.
The biggest lesson I'm taking from this is to not only avoid burning bridges when you leave a job, but to keep up with the coworkers you like and respect. You never know who may be able to help you in the future.
Thank you to everyone who offered encouraging words after my last post. I am excited about this new direction in my life.