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  • Bella Jean

Laid Off & Thriving: Something Nobody Should Get Used To

I LOVE KIDS. I have been a Preschool Teacher since 2014. I moved and started teaching at my “new” center last October. Due to some unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, myself and the rest of the teachers were laid off on June 27th, 2018. That was FORTY-ONE DAYS AGO! Aka... ”F.O.R.E.V.E.R” AGO... I think I have gone insane at least 37x out of “boredom” from not running around 99mph, and that was EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED! When you’re like me and you don’t feel fulfilled unless you’ve gone above and beyond taking care of every single person and animal in your life BEFORE yourself, it gets exhausting. It’s rewarding and makes me happy, but it is also exhausting since God only made each day with 24 hours in it. Getting laid off was the best thing that could have happened to me. It has been stressful. It has been worrisome. It has been frustrating. It has been tough. When I first got the news, my immediate thought was...(excuse my language)...”SHIT, how am I going to pay for everything my animals need?!”... To many people, that may not seem like a big deal, but to me, IT’S EVERYTHING AND IT’S A HUGE DEAL. I currently have one dog (a very large dog that eats a lot and has had stifle surgeries), two horses, and two cats. Let’s forget about everyone except for the horses just for a moment... my horses cost me AT LEAST $500/month. That’s “good” too! And besides God, my animals are all I care about. Theoretically.

Throughout my entire, crazy, roller coaster of a life, GOD & MY ANIMALS (especially my horses and Emma, my shepherd) have been the ONLY constant in my life. I trust God. I TRUST GOD BECAUSE HE HAS NEVER LET ME DOWN AND PROMISES NOT TO. He is the ONLY Man in this world that does exactly what He says He’s going to do and that is the grandest miracle ever!!!! Hallelujah!! And because I trust My Lord and Savior, I have been pretty chill and peaceful for the most part during this season of my life. There are times when I will lose my marbles, but either myself or a fellow Christian in my life will smack me upside the head and say, “trust God bro”. Take that advice if you take nothing else from this post.

I don’t know why I’m writing it anyway... I was told I’m an inspiration twice this past week and IT FELT AMAZING! Now, I just want to inspire and help more people! Learn from my mistakes. It’s super easy to do! JK. Everything is easier said than done, and as humans, we fail... a lot. So, there’s the negative shtuff. Like I said, getting laid off was the best thing that could have happened to me. It has been relaxing. It has been productive. It has not been productive. It allowed me to spend time with and take care of everyone I love AS WELL AS MYSELF AND MY LORD! I have spent so much time in my Bible these last 41 days, it’s wonderful!! I’ve been able to go to the gym, make my tea and drink it while still hot, hang out with my mom, go shooting and fishing with my dad, take my dogs for walks, nap, eat healthy and prepare healthy meals, nap some more, chill with grandma, and (of course) take more naps. I have also been able to get the much needed and desired alone time to recharge and think. I’m on top of things and it feels great! HERE COMES THE “BUT”.... BUT, nobody should get used to this. Nobody should get used to being on top of their game while having all 24 hours in a day to themselves because it’s just not reality! Reality is we have to work 8-10 of those hours a day and there are many things that just “come up”! Reality is your schedule won’t always go as planned and you’ll have to cram sometimes or simply not do some things you wanted/needed to. So while being unemployed has been just what I needed, I am looking forward to taking everything I learned and implementing that in my new daily schedule when I START MY NEW JOB ON SEPTEMBER 4TH!!

Everybody has and is in different seasons of their life. Everybody is different. “The righteous person, he says, is like a tree planted by streams of water. This tree is fruitful, yes, but it is not always fruitful. It is fruitful in its season. The beautiful, luscious fruit of a healthy tree is made that way through its natural seasons of productivity and rest that the Lord has ordained the tree to go through. Spring harvest is enriched by the fall and winter months of rest and restoration.” What kinds of season of life are you currently in?

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