Consultant, Writer, and Director in Alexandria, Virginia
I had my "ah-ha" moment in July 2016. I have been working for the same company for over six years. I can say with enthusiasm that I have met some of the most wonderful people in the world there. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. People that I truly care about and who truly care about me. We were a pretty solid group despite the highs and lows that come with any job. And I felt comfortable. Secure in the fact that I knew my job in and out. I was good at my job. At least that's what I thought. But then one day it wasn't my job anymore and I had the rug completely pulled from under me.
We got a new big boss, and two weeks later our whole organization went through a re-org. We were called into an all hands meeting, and it was laid out there on the table. This colorful chart with each of our names placed in one of the many boxes. My name was spelled wrong. That should have probably been my first clue.
Turns out, I was getting a new title. My new boss was going to be one of my co-workers who had been with the company for five months. A few other semi-newbies were moved up as well. And I think I just sat there with a puzzled look on my face. Later I cried, alone in my cube. Mostly out of frustration. I was mad at everyone - but mostly at myself. Sometimes you need to be kicked in the butt, slammed down into the mud and stomp on a few times. Down there in the mud, you just might find some clarity.
My first instinct was to quit. But I realized there were 3 hungry, needy, but perfect little people at home that probably would still need to be fed, clothed and provided with shelter. So I didn't quit the job. Instead, I started investing more in me.
I have been a writer since I could hold a pen in hand. I completed my first novel at 14. It was wildly successfully among people in my family. Now a keyboard replaces my pen, but the love of writing is the same. So now I am using that to build my own business and determine my own destiny.