It is easy when told your services are no longer needed to feel irrelevant. As if the blood, sweat, and tears you poured into your occupation doesn’t matter. That is only a part of the story, you see, being irrelevant isn’t a bad thing. It simple is the reality of not being connected with that identity anymore.
Once I posted my news on social media, I was overwhelmed by someone already wanting me to work for their publication and then not even twenty-four hours later, another offer. The unfortunate part was that I was so consumed with sadness over the loss of one thing, I couldn’t even enjoy those two unexpected opportunities.
While I adore writing about homes, it is important that I am not typecasted. When I started writing the home section, I knew zip about interior design. It was exciting to learn about how homeowners choose their decor. Now, I want to explore new territories and the gift is that I can. I am no longer boxed in by limited topics. Now, the sting of losing something that has been a part of my life for ten years is still raw, but I am taking these new offers with a resounding “yes” along with allowing myself to pause.
Pausing allows me to process the transition without closing myself off to new ventures. It is the ability to simple rest in my disappointment but be able to look at the situation with new eyes. It takes time and, today, I am simply learning to follow the path that God is laying out before me.