Lately the news has been packed with stories of surprise job losses and long-term unemployment. More companies are downsizing or shutting down and their former employees are feeling the pinch.

Last year I joined the ranks of the unemployed when I lost my job after almost 10 years. It was an extremely stressful time because I’d suddenly lost my only source of income. Everything felt so uncertain after that. How was I going to pay my bills? Take care of my daughter? I can’t tell you how many nights I lay awake worrying about what I was going to do.

I didn’t see it back then but losing my job was actually a blessing in disguise. If I hadn’t lost it, I would never have found the opportunities I’ve enjoyed since then. I can honestly say that I’m in a much better place now.

Obviously, getting here didn’t happen over night. It took a lot of work and sacrifice but now I get to live everyday in my passion and purpose.

I want to share my story with you in the hopes that if you’ve your job or you’re interested in pursuing your passion, you’ll be inspired.
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