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I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul

I am the Master of my Fate and the Captain of my Soul.

 

“A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.” – Loubis and Champagne.

Tough, right? For me, definitely. I sometimes have the tendency to think every situation should be exactly how I want it to be and struggle accepting it for what it is. Same for anyone? If nothing else, this journey continues to push me out of that mindset and every setback we’ve encountered has been a test of my ability to accept it for what it is, even if I don’t understand or believe it.

New Setbacks

Yesterday was no exception. Although, I’d argue I was much more prepared this time around. 7 months. It’s been 7 months since my first lay-off. The most recent happened yesterday. The first time around, I was angry, upset, & confused. This time? Still all of those things, but I’ve accepted it for what it is. “I’m the master of my fate”.

Economists state we are headed (maybe we are already here?) towards a pretty deep recession. As I shared in our stories, Goldman Sachs projects an increase of unemployment to rise from 281,000 to 2.2 million in the next few weeks. We know that many others will be affected.

The silver-lining?

There are several. We have an emergency fund of more than 3 months of funds. They could have laid me off immediately, but I’ll collect 2 more paychecks before my effective lay-off date. We’ve eliminated a large sum of debt. This massively buffers the sting of a lay-off. We still have Meredith’s contract…for now. We downsized our living expenses to maximize our income. We have our health (not today COVID-19, not ever actually)🤞🏻.

Lastly, I have interviewed for a fulltime position with the team I’m currently working with. A hiring freeze threw a wrench into this (thanks again, COVID-19). I’ve been reassured that when this passes, I’ll likely fill this position. Additionally, I’ve interviewed with a recruiter for another contract position for 3 months in the interim. We’ll see what happens with this.

I’m letting this situation be what it is, staying the course, & remaining positive. I have a beautiful, smart, & talented wife, three loving dogs, & faith that everything happens for a reason.

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