So in the span of 48 hours I went from on top of the world to an unemployed loser with no wheels. How in the world did that happen?
On Sunday, I was in my 1st car accident. I never do anything half assed. It always seems to be “100 miles an hour, blindfolded,” to use the words of my friend John Fanning. Obviously not literally, but man – the accident was a doozy. Car isn’t driveable…and insurance was liability only, so the repair or replacement is on my shoulders. OUCH.
The next day I stayed home, due to being pretty out of sorts and banged up from the accident. On Tuesday, I was waiting for a ride in to work from a co worker, when I got a call from the office. It was the owner of the company. He said (in a nutshell) that I had missed 11 days of work in 12 weeks (due to childrens’ sicknesses and now the accident) and he just “couldn’t do it anymore.” He was “tired of covering for me.” And that was it. I was no longer a DJ and Promotions Director at Equinox Broadcasting.
Losing a vehicle is one thing. Losing a job is another. Both at the same time? Whoa. Talk about having the rug pulled out from under my feet…
If I were single, I wouldn’t stress as much. But I’m a mom of 3 awesome kids. My first thought…how am I going to provide for them?
I posted on Facebook that I had been dismissed. Almost immediately I was inundated with comments, emails, phone calls, and texts. All supportive, some angry with the company who turned their back on me after claiming to be so “family-friendly.”
One friend texted to say she was on her way to my house. She must have been reading my mind…I needed someone. I had no direction, no idea what to do or how to gather my thoughts.
It was just what I needed. We went to Wal Mart, I bought a broadband card for the laptop (until now I didn’t have home internet access…just got online at work), and we went to lunch. Nice day. I came home, applied for unemployment, and waited for the kids to get home on the bus.
When they got here, they asked why I wasn’t at work. I explained that I wasn’t going to be working there anymore, and when they asked why, I wasn’t quite sure what to tell them. I just said they decided to let me go…
So there it is…in a nutshell, that’s what happened. People say from all angles that it’s wrong, and I should “fight it.” For what? So I can go back to work at a place that doesn’t want me there? No one would benefit from that.
Thanks to everyone for your support. Hopefully this is just a minor setback and I’ll be back bigger and better than ever. I’m taking it day by day. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I know I love what I do too much to fade away. Until I’m back on the air, you can find me right here. Of course I’m still on Facebook as well.