A little over a week ago I walked into my supervisor’s office and found out that I was being laid off. Needless to say, I felt shocked, confused, and frustrated. I felt I had a lot of unfinished business that I wanted to accomplish in that position that I will never get the chance to do. Ever since I got my first job out of college, I’ve been fortunate to always have a job with no gaps in between. This is definitely uncharted territory for me.
The Silver Lining
This post will not be a pity party for Vic. Au contraire mon frère. This is a good thing. While I earned a decent income at my last job, I wasn’t completely happy there. The job was fine and the people I worked with were great, but I knew that I would eventually need to move on if I wanted to progress in my career. So it was only a matter of time before I left. I just didn’t anticipate that I wouldn’t be the one to decide when that time came.
Everything is Gonna Be Alright
Thanks to my family’s uber frugal ways, we’ll be fine financially. Before I got laid off, our monthly expenses were about 50 – 60% of our income and we saved/invested the rest. So with a little mindful budgeting, we can get through this period of unemployment on my wife’s income. We also have a pretty decent emergency fund and investments we can lean on if our budget gets tight. Dad is Cheap for a reason – so something like getting laid off is seen as an inconvenience, not a catastrophic event.
The Next Chapter
I was debating if I should write about this experience when it first happened. It did take me a week or so to recollect myself and write again after I got laid off. I have a lot of partially written posts that would have to be revised in light of recent events. I realized that the reason why I started blogging in the first place was to share my experience navigating finances as a new father. To completely omit such a life changing event in my blog would make me feel like a fraud.
As a dad and husband there is no time to feel sorry for myself. Even though sometimes things don’t turn out how you expect them to, it doesn’t have to break you. How you adjust and adapt to these situations shows what kind of person you really are. I want to show people that getting laid off isn’t the end of the world.
So what’s next? It’s time to put myself back out in the job market. I’m not too worried about it – I have a lot of marketable skills and I know I’ll land a job eventually. My family is very blessed in that I have the luxury to be picky with the next position and not just choose the first thing that comes up out of desperation. Until then, I will take the extra time off to spend more time with my family, work on home projects, blog a bit more often, and taking some online courses to learn some new skills to add to my resume.
The best part about this unexpected time off? I get to spend a lot more time with my daughter being a stay at home dad. Now that is the best job in the world.