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Joy: From the Ground Up

Two Weeks Notice March 18, 2014

May 15, 2009. That’s when it started. I wasn’t around then, but I’ve heard the story dozens of times. Mom was called into that place called work (which at the time was a newspaper newsroom) and told she would be one of about half of the staff to be let go that day. She was okay with it because she knew in her heart then what she believes now. The world is our oyster.

Two weeks later, her dad died. Suddenly and unexpectedly. She didn’t get to say goodbye. So begins the blip of time that spreads over the last five years.

What to say?After a few months of helping her mom sort through the details of the estate, a new job in a completely different position in wealth management (for which she was technically incredibly unqualified) fell into her lap and she seized the opportunity to rejoin the workforce. She studied hard, learned fast, and within a couple more months earned her Series 7, 63 and life and health insurance licenses. With absolutely no prior experience or education in anything relating to finance or financial planning.

I don’t know if she believes it, but I know she can do anything she puts her mind to. Because now, five years later, it’s almost like it never happened. Literally. And yet it did. It so vividly did.

I’ve learned something through all of this – it turns out I’m pretty good at keeping secrets. First, with news of the baby, then with the sex of the baby, and now this. I’ve known for a while it was happening but I couldn’t share the good news until now.

Mom put in her two weeks notice yesterday. She will no longer be going to that place called work. Well, technically she will still be working. But I’ve always been a believer that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. And if there is something out of the ordinary that mom and I share it is our love for writing.

Alas, mom’s old beat at the newspaper just happened to open up recently. The exact same beat covering the local news in the exact same communities as she covered back in 2009. I call that a God thing. She will definitely have more time with baby Carter than if she kept her current job, while maintaining the majority of the necessary financial support I need to ensure I keep receiving the appropriate amount of dog treats and new chew toys. It’s the best of both worlds.

February 11, 2014. That’s when it started again. It’s like mom’s life hit the refresh button. As much as the job in wealth management has been good for the last few years, this is what is good right now. They say everything happens for a reason. Now I know it to be true.


22 Responses to “Two Weeks Notice”

  1. Yay! Congratulations to your mom on her new, old job. And more time at home! Double-yay! You are a great secret keeper, W. If I had a secret, I’d tell you for sure.

    Love and licks,

  2. Sandy Says:

    That is amazingly great news!! Things can just fall into place at the right time if they are meant to be. Please give my congratulations to your Mom and to all of you as this will benefit everone. Yay!!

  3. utesmile Says:

    This sounds great , good news. Yes things happen for a reason and at the right time! I am happy for you all…. sureley you will still get enough doggy treats 🙂 hugs

    • Oh goodness yes – I’ve been getting more than my fair share of doggie treats for the last couple of months. I think both mom and dad want to make sure I know I’m loved, but in their tired states don’t remember they are both treating me. So I get double the treats. Not such a bad deal. 😉
      Lots of love,

  4. Congrats to her, it sounds like a win-win. 🙂

  5. Woo Hoo! Congrats to YOU! xo

  6. I agree with you! Everything happens for a reason. Even when we need some time to see it :o)

  7. pawedblog Says:

    I’m so happy for your mum Wiley. Congratulations, you all deserve to be as happy as can be x

  8. -A Says:

    That was a beautiful piece…

  9. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, such great news – writing and more time with the two of you – oorraahhh – one quibble: “Alas, mom’s old beat at the newspaper just happened to open up recently.” Alas? Was this for why the position opened up or for your Mom turning in her notice at the job she mastered so brilliantly?

  10. askfisher Says:

    Wonderful news – Congratulations! I am very happy for you wish you the the very best in your new/old career. Life sure can be a bowl of cherries if we just keep paying attention.

    • You’re right about that – we need to pay attention. It can seem easier to sit idly by, but things don’t tend to get done that way. Well said, dear friend!
      Lots of love,

  11. Nikitaland Says:

    When one door closes, another one opens. Making the decision to walk through that door is up to you and I am sure you will like what you find. We are blessed that we get to spend our days with Mommy at home too! ❤

    • You’re right about that door thing – I’ve heard it once before, right along with that everything happening for a reason line. I love your way of thinking about whether to walk through the door – how very profound! 🙂
      Lots of love,

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