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!