I have been many different professions in my life from entry level employee to executive from college professor to K teacher to stay at home mom... and beyond. I have done many different things and learned something from each role that I took with me to the next. I have been entrepreneurial in between and during these positions for over 15 years. Right now, I am unemployed and looking at the big fork in the road ahead of me...
My unemployment insurance ends in a few weeks. I was looking full time for a job since September. I have only had a handful of interviews, despite my constant looking, networking and more. All of a sudden, this past week or two a few different opportunities have opened up for me but they will not really kick in financially until early April so I am still looking and thinking. I think a lot (this is never good for me).
I no longer fear things like I used to (such as being far away from home and my kids to manage things for my own career) and I miss, I really miss the whole environment of being in a large company and having a roll to rock and rocking it. I also no longer get so invested in the whole "WOW, I need to be doing EVERYTHING with my small business" as I had been in the past where it just consumed me to get it right.
Everything is up in the air right now but I do believe things will settle down soon and I will be able to share with you exactly where I wind up and how. I am thinking I will work a lot more than I could have pictured. I, who spent years trying to map my schedule to my kids, am now under no such constraints. I am ready to be out there, to be visible, to be out of the house. I am also thinking that for the last several years, I chopped off my earning potential with my own self imposed limitations.
Those days are over. I was able to get access to a temporary FREE office space through the SIEDC and it is amazing to have someplace to go job hunt, think about entrepreneurship and just be me LISA for a few hours a week. I am here on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as a way to break up my week and to see where things go - I for one am very excited about the potentials.
I met with my Score adviser today, too. It was a busy day and I am rocking my new suit, my fake boob and my curly pixie hair. It is a whole new world and I hope you stick with me as I figure out what and how that is going to look!
Lisa Vento Nielsen