The Promise of a New Year

31 Dec

How was your 2014?  Hopefully, you all had a wonderful twelve months and will be celebrating the end of a great year and the beginning of a new one.  My evening will be thanking Father Time that this year is finally coming to an end and praying 2015 will be better.

The first half of 2014 was good, the second half sucked.  In July, I was laid off from my corporate job.  It was a total shock and a slap in the face.  I worked in a tight-knit group, with three of us starting on the same day.  They are all still there and I was given the boot.

At first, it was nice to have time off in the summer.  As a single parent, it was bonus time to be home with my daughter.  I thought it would be a piece of cake to land another job.  It wasn’t.  After a couple of months, the joy of summer vacation turned to worry, sadness, and pressure to find something.

I was fortunate enough in September to land a position with a local school district. Unfortunately, the pay was a third of what I was making, which hurt.  The job is great and I really enjoy working with the staff, teachers, and students.  However, any happiness experienced there is negated when I get home and can’t pay my bills.

It’s been challenging going from being able to live comfortably, not worrying about bills and being able to go on vacation to scrambling to make ends meet.  I’ve had to resort to borrowing money and asking for help, which is painful for me to do.  The last thing I want to be is a burden on someone else.

I’m continuing to interview and search for a new opportunity, hoping to somehow manage to get back to where I was a year ago.  It will be tough, but I’m crossing my fingers 2015 will be my year, since 2014 royally kicked my ass.

This new year will also be exciting, since I am publishing my first book based on this blog.  I’m really looking forward to sharing it with all of you!

Here’s to hoping each and every one of you have a safe, enjoyable New Year’s Eve and an amazing 2015.

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