This blog is a sparkly place. I like it that way. I like it filled with stories about fun adventures and pictures of cute babies and links to sequined designer shoes I want to buy. I like reading through my old posts and being reminded of amazing things I've done and seen and bought and experienced and accomplished.
Which is why I don't like to talk about things that are not so sparkly. Real life is messy and complicated, and sometimes when things are rough, it's easier to talk about something else on the blog, or simply not post at all. But that's not fair to you, my readers. If this blog is a snapshot of my life, it's not right to keep you in the dark or pretend things aren't happening when they are. After all, if I share the sparkles, I should share the messes too.
Which is why I am writing this post to tell you that last week, I got laid off. My company let 17 people go in a single afternoon last Tuesday. Call it financial problems, call it restructuring, call it budget cuts - all I know is that after more than two years, I no longer work there. I've been in shock for the last week. I never saw it coming.
I hate change, but I didn't get a choice this time. A change has come, whether I like it or not - so I better get on board.
I am anxious and worried and nervous but also excited. I am not tied to anything anymore. I can take some time to figure it out, to make mistakes, to follow a dream or a passion or a whim, because I'm 27 years old and I've got a lot of life to live and a lot of ideas and passions and love to give.
And I have a feeling a lot of sparkles are headed my way.
My interests include pretending I'm southern (hey ya'll!), eating sushi, getting my hair blown out, making fun of everything and everyone, and spending every single dollar I can on sparkly things. If those sound like things you can get down with, I think we're going to get along just fine!