On Monday, six years ago, I was laid off from my $100k/year job as the Accessories Merchant for Delia's. I had just turned 28 and had worked my ass off in corporate retail for the past 7 years.
The first day "off" I remember crying a lot, being mad, sad and just plain exhausted at the emotional rollercoaster working a corporate job had been. I was tested to my limits and always come out on top. Why now, when perhaps I could have some relief from the hustle and bustle, did I feel empty and upset?
THE CORPORATE WORLD HAD FAILED ME.
I was SO good at taking "the path"... I got high honors in high school, went to a top-tier northeast University and got an amazing job 14 days after graduation. I was smart and savvy in corporate so I was quickly promoted and promoted again. By the time I moved to NYC, I knew I was bound to be a Vice President of some retail business in 5-10 years.
But no, I was asked to leave. After only 90 days on the job. The Universe presented an assignment I didn't realize I was ready for- my OWN business.
I had to get kicked out to rise up. The decision to leave corporate had to be made for me, because I feared leaving on my own.
6 months later I drove out of my parents driveway with The Fashion Truck. If I knew where getting laid off would take me, I bet those first days and weeks crying in my apartment on 2nd Avenue would have been easier.
Or would I have been terrified at the amount of work and push I would need to grow over the past 6 years?
What I do know is that everything happens for a reason, and that our path in life is much longer and bigger than we can see today.
We have to keep showing up for life, even when it feels hard.
To making lots of friends and making lots of money,