Monday, March 16, 2020 was a normal day, at least I thought it would be. Alarm going off at 5:15AM, snooze until 5:30AM…not sure why I don’t just change the darn alarm until 5:30AM but I always have this grand idea that I am going to wake up to do yoga (Ok, I don’t actually do yoga but I watch it online with high hopes that I can get smaller without doing a lot of cardio). I grab a cup of coffee cuddle up in the “She Room” and read my online Bible to get me prepared for whatever the day has in store for me. I get dressed, listening to my inspirational Pandora station, makeup and business suit and jump into my car for my 50-minute drive to the city.
This morning I have a Breakfast meeting with a Client, we will call her Gloria, that I really need to secure to get closer to my enormous Sales Goals. On a separate note, the world as we know it has quietly been changing in the past few weeks by COVID-19. I have had client’s cancelling their contracts and by watching the News – either the world is ending, or I woke up in one of my husband’s horrible movies that he is always watching. My Breakfast meeting went very well, I felt good about my chances of securing this account. We had great chemistry, we discussed business but also COVID-19, our Faith, Family and what will be the fate of our wonderful, not without blemishes, world as we know it. I finished my meeting went back to my office to prepare a nice note and send some follow-up responses to Gloria before I could press send on my laptop the General Manager came into my office, which he rarely ever crosses my office threshold. and said “Tricia, I am sorry – we are going to have to let you go.” In my head, I am trying to decipher if he is joking or being serious, unfortunately when he mentions that the Director of Human Resources would be by shortly it sunk in that I was the next casualty of the economic downfall that the US was suddenly in and I was truly being furloughed.
I have not been without a job since I was 16 years old since my first job at Wendy’s. I am a mature (we will talk about age later) woman without a job!!!!! This is real, what the heck am I going to do. But, after calling my husband and finishing out my day at the office, yes, I worked until 5:45PM and drove my 50 minutes back to the burbs. Waking up the next morning, I thought how could this happen to me and by the time I had my coffee, watched the news and received messages from my industry colleagues…I realized that I was not the only one in this sinking boat. The upside down of my world in just a matter of short days made me think about what my next steps in life would be. I have a gentle calmness about me that I draw from my relationship with God so I am not worried about bills or losing my home, thank goodness for my husband and recent desire to save. But, what if I actually Stepped out and did some of those things that I always wanted to do, afraid to do, didn’t think that anyone would listen if I tried to do them. What if I STEP OUT.