January 14th, 2010, I was laid off by my company of seven years. Weekends, late evenings, holidays, family/friend events, nothing kept me away from work because I enjoyed my job, and my co-workers.
When I received the news from my boss, at first, I didn’t know how to process it. Then, it angered me. Over and over again, I complained and shared with my friends that I simply could not believe this had happened to me. Nothing like this had ever happened to ME before.
What do I do with the feelings inside of me? At first, nothing. Only because I had to, did I, come out of my hole in the days preceding my book, Love’s Chance, release. After working for something for so long, here it was in front of me, but I couldn’t enjoy it.
My world was out of order, and even the release of my book was not helping me find joy. I felt a little numb. Disappointed.
My brother, truly one of my champions, brought everything back into focus for me. s@$! happens. Is it really that simple? I don’t know, but it was a kick in the butt, and I got up, and off of mine. My little book that could moved 200 pieces in 2 weeks, and stayed on the Red Rose Publishing Bestseller list for 10 weeks.
I took every emotion running through me, and put it into blog after blog, email after email, and it worked. It helped me focus forward.
Those emotions are still fueling me. I’m currently finishing edits on a piece that I love. It follows Victoria James as she rediscovers herself, family, and love after she loses the things that she thought were important. I’ve joined new writing groups, taken on new responsibilities within others, and opened myself up to possibilities of all types…even starting my own contracting business.
Sometimes life interrupted leads to writing interrupted, but when you come out on the other side it can be absolutely fabulous!