Wednesday, May 12, 2010

On a rare serious note...

So today was an eventful day at the office. I will use the below image to explain:

Yea, you read that right. But it should have said "You were laid off," not "You were fired." There is a difference you know.

Yes, I was laid off today. Basically, there just wasn't enough work for me, so it's nice to know it's nothing I did wrong! In order to best explain how I am feeling about this, see the email below I wrote to my friends and family explaining my new situation:

Hello one and all,

A little update on my life. Some of you know already, but I was laid off today. I have been expecting this for quite some time, so it was not a surprise. I feel confident that this will turn out to be a good thing and am excited to spread my wings in the world. (Cheesy, but true.)

I am NOT planning on looking for jobs in the Paralegal field. I think my Paralegal career is over, no offense to any paralegals out there! I won't rule it out in the future, but currently it's not in my plans.

Most of you know that I am trying to build up an Event Planning business, and in tune with that I am looking for jobs in that industry. If anyone knows any Event Planners in the Charlotte area, definitely let me know if you think I could talk with them and try to network a bit. Also, if anyone needs an event planner, I would be happy to help with your event. I have been focusing on small events (i.e. showers, luncheons, birthday parties), but am looking to get more experience with larger events such as fundraisers and weddings. In fact, I am helping out with a wedding this weekend AND have hooked up with an organization to help plan their fundraiser in a few weeks. (Sorry for bragging, but I just got laid off, okay? I am allowed to brag. Also sorry for marketing myself on the "I just got laid off" email. But again, I just got laid off and am desperate.)

Those of you in Charlotte, I now have plenty of time for drinks and the like. I see this being quite a fun summer ripe with opportunity. Yea, I just said ripe. See you all around!


So.... that was my informative email to my peeps. I realized that I have probably never told you what I did for a living, probably because it's not that exciting. I have been a paralegal for the past 5 years. I graduated from college and thought I would go to law school, but decided to take a year to work at a law firm to check out the legal scene. Needless to say, law school wasn't for me, but I ended up staying for 5 years. This was not because being a paralegal was my dream job, but because I worked with an amazing group of people. I have made wonderful friends and relationships that I will cherish forever. For that I have no regrets.

This is truly a blessing in disguise as I have discovered what my passion is. I am incredibly excited to fully delve into this passion and do something I love. I am lucky to be able to give this a real shot, and I am grateful for that opportunity

Off into the world I go! Wish me luck!

(Note: Do not worry - Party planning, cooking related and generally sarcastic and self-deprecating posts will continue as scheduled.)


  1. I speak from experience when I say that getting laid off is a blessing in disguise. Let's face it - you are too cool to just be a paralegal. (No offense to any paralegals reading your blog) Event planning is a perfect match for you. I know you have bigger, brighter things in your future. Best of luck Senorita!

  2. Thank you for sharing! I know it can feel weird to put your very personal business out there, but I have found it always to be helpful. It sounds like you are ok with the situation and that is so great. Good luck in starting your new career!

  3. I completely agree with you. I think this is a blessing in disguise and you know that I think you will do great. You will.

    Lot of love Jack!

  4. I'm so sorry to hear this, Jackie. But I think you have a really good attitude about it, and have good things in store.

  5. I feel your pain -- my husband's company is in the midst of heavy layoffs, and we're just keeping our fingers crossed at this point. I LOVE your attitude -- way to have the courage to stay on your feet and follow your passion! Best of luck!

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  7. sorry to hear :o( but you are right! Time to open the door to new and fun things! Follow your heart!

    Kim @
    party inspiration

  8. UGH LADY! I am sorry for the lay off, but following your dreams is so rewarding!

    I wish you all the luck! Maybe you should write a book, you write so well!

  9. AnonymousMay 13, 2010

    I am honored that you posted your blog from my little Apple last night (now I am part of the phenomenon), but now I am worried that my machine might burst into computer flambe! On a serious note, you are a wonderful and remarkable young woman...I cannot imagine a more wonderful daughter-in-law. Mr. Fo's Dad

  10. wow! I am so sorry! It sounds like you have a little nudge to do exactly what you want. congrats on that note ;)

  11. Sorry to hear about work, but I do agree that it may be an opportunity-in-the-making! Best of luck!

  12. Ummmmmm, wow have we lived parallel lives! Got my BS...worked as a paralegal...took LSAT...was planning on going to law married and knocked up now being paid to write about fashion. Things happen for a reason lady. Go after those dreams!!

  13. I'm sorry to hear about this, because I'm sure it will create some challenges, but I think you're absolutely right that this will turn into very good things for you. You are so talented and have a great sense of humor and taste - and those will take you everywhere you want to go. I'm rooting for you, and can't wait to see your success!