Downsized: Corporate Downsizing and the Road to Enlightenment

Corporate DownsizingI’ll start by sharing my story and how I ended up here before the layoff. Been doin’ the corporate world for awhile. Days were spent in my cublicle existence; where I marked my territory with small momentos of personal indivduality; pics of my son, a Sponge-Bob postit-holder, a framed, Chinese proverb…something about enlightenment through mindless, repetition?

This was to remind myself that I was more than a number AND to let other cubiclites know that I HAD A LIFE! Didn’t have time for it but I know it was out there somewhere: waiting for me…..

OK, I admit, I worked in a position that demanded a lot of creativity so it was not quite the brain-dead existence that I paint…and I was good at what I did. But, nevertheless, as I headed to the mailroom to pick up my daily Spam, I found myself aimlessly roaming the hall with that glazed-over, look of the zombie….dead man walking….. or dead woman…or whatever….

11 years at one company. WOW. Software…. Hmmm…. I LOVE TECHNOLOGY…but there has got to be more…

Well, as if a sign from above or my inner spirit or whatever…. the issue was addressed. I was one of the many victims of our current economy… I was laid off! Downsized! OMG! !

Here’s the dilemma. Wooo Hoooo. Freedom!!! But, wait! Money! I live in an area known for its ridiculously high cost of living. I’m struggling to make ends meet now! What will I do?

Time to take inventory. Money: ZIP! Relationship: ZIP! Passion: ZIP! Well, what do I have then? I have a son who has put me through hell in the last couple of weeks, but that I love to death, and who I support without assistance.

Thus, my downsizing journey begins….. Read the rest of my story…..

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Kathy Coulston is an author, artist, and entrepreneur, with 15 years experience in corporate marketing communications and graphic design. Her writing works include helpful articles, critiques and tutorials, personal life stories of humorous evolution, and business collateral content. Contact Kathy Coulston >>

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