Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Making a List, Checking it Twice

Today, I join the ranks of unemployed America.

Before I continue my post, allow me to explain that I understand and respect the company's decision to do a small layoff. It's no secret this is a tough economy — and in the business they're in (or in any business for that matter), it's increasingly tough to secure new business and maintain current client budgets. I enjoyed my year there and have benefited tremendously from the experience. Management treated me well in my departure — and I hope to stay in touch with my former colleagues. Thank you for the experience — and thank you to those who offered to write me letters of recommendation or share contacts.

Resume post. Seeing in that I'm going to have a lot more free time, I should start brainstorming things to do. And what's better for brainstorming than making a... LIST!?!

Ideating... things to do in the next month:
  • Get a massage (thanks, Dan, for scheduling one today!)
  • Increase average LA Fitness visits per week statistic
  • Work on my tan (and margarita quota)
  • Make a list of corporate communications and agency folks to network with
  • Read What Color Is Your Parachute and Carve Your Own Road (i.e. to help me think more about what it is I want to do with my career and my life)
  • Hang out with Olivia and baby Collins before Olivia has to return to work
  • Finally sew that dress (I've seriously had the pattern and fabric chillin' in the closet for nearly a year)
  • Detox my closet and dresser drawers; bring detoxed items to Goodwill and The Nearly New store
  • Paint the living room and dining room
  • Master the art of low-cost meal preparation
  • Mix some fiction books in with my serious/professional reading
  • Network (see bullet 4)
  • Generally help get our house ready to sell
  • Learn yoga
  • Start a book project I've been putting off...
  • Try not to spend money (free time = too much shopping)
I'll keep you all posted on my endeavors!

15 comments:

mew3333 said...

You should add the following to your list:

1) More blog updates
2) Go stand in line at the Unemployment Office.
3) Enjoy a few picnic lunches with Maria

prettylittletangents said...

Katy, I am so sorry to hear this news :( You are taking this really well. Please let me know if there is anything I can do (I'll look at my Linked In peeps to see if I know anyone in communication).

Off topic, are you selling your house after you did your big kitchen remodel!?!?? Or is this a different house you are referencing?

K_Streams_Her_C said...

Maria, I suppose #2 is necessary (though not totally fun) — #1 and #3 are a given!

PLT, it will all be fine in the end. It's a little of a shock but I'm settling back into reality. I may be up for scuffling through your roladex, for sure! This time gives me an opportunity to think through what it is that I REALLY want to do.

Yep, same house. We wanted to improve the kitchen for ourselves — but we also did it with selling the house in mind. It was a great (but lower-budget) renovation. :)

Mb said...

K- You have such a positive attitude. This will go far for sure. Until then, I agree with Maria. More blog updates!

moeko said...

i'll be your guinea pig for "master the art of low-cost meal preparation"!

K_Streams_Her_C said...

Mb - I think a good attitude is the only way to go.

Mo - the ranch beans are a start! Will let you know when you can come test other items. :)

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Happygoth said...

You are so much more positive than I could ever be.

I miss you already!

K_Streams_Her_C said...

Thanks, Laura! :O

K_Streams_Her_C said...

And I miss you, too!

Chiara said...

Keep your head up hun! Sounds like you're in the right frame of mind. You're list sounds like a good way to start. It is always good to get your bearings about what you really want to do before you go out looking for anything. No need to get into a place you don't want to be.

Thinking of you!

K_Streams_Her_C said...

C, thank you for the kind words. Head is up. :)

Heather from the bar said...

I am so sorry to hear this! BUT at the same time, my month of unemployment was such a blessing. Yes, I was completely broke, but the time I had to myself, to prep for the wedding, to take care of the home, to practice cooking meals, to do freelance design work... seriously the best month ever. A new job will come up, so don't spend too much time being stressed about finding one and just enjoy this time in your life! Yay for free time!

Heather from the bar said...

I am so sorry to hear this! BUT at the same time, my month of unemployment was such a blessing. Yes, I was completely broke, but the time I had to myself, to prep for the wedding, to take care of the home, to practice cooking meals, to do freelance design work... seriously the best month ever. A new job will come up, so don't spend too much time being stressed about finding one and just enjoy this time in your life! Yay for free time!

K_Streams_Her_C said...

Thanks so much, Heather. I know you can relate, so it's nice to hear from you. It will be a challenge to find a new job that I like as much as this last one... but a challenge I'm willing to embrace.

Good luck with your wedding. It's SOOOOO close!