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Perspective - 2009 in Review

Well, it is January 6th and I am just getting around to doing a 'Year in Review' post.  Don't worry, it won't be long and drawn out.  Short and sweet.

2009 for me was an amazing year of athletic accomplishments.  I had a PR in virtually every race I participated in or placed in my age group and confidently completed my first Ironman at Ironman Canada. 

What you may not know is that in October I was laid off.  I only had a hint about a week before that it might happen and it did.  It was a shock and was a pretty low point for me.  In the 16 years I have been working this is my first experience being laid off.  I was bitter about how the whole thing was handled and somewhat depressed about the situation.  It was 8 weeks before Christmas and I already had a trip to Orlando for Christmas booked a year in advance.  Basically, that gave me 4 weeks to look for and secure a new job before the new year.

I am happy to say that I was successful in finding fantastic position with a really cutting edge company and I start in mid January.  Even better was that I was offered the job in December so I was able to really enjoy the trip to Orlando.

Being laid off really sucks and it would be easy to look back at 2009 and have that taint the whole year.  However, when I put it in perspective, being laid off is not the worst thing that has ever happened to me.  If my new position ends up being as good as I think it will be, then being laid off might just be the best thing that happened to me. 

So here's to 2009, one of my BEST YEARS EVER!

Happy training!


I am glad things ended up working out for you. Good luck in 2010!!
Bryan Payne said…
Erin, I'm glad everything worked out. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Hopefully this new job rocks for you.

Jamie said…
Congrats on the new gig! I didn't know you were laid off.

I was laid off exactly one year ago yesterday. The anger, frustration and depression was unlike anything I'd ever gone through, but I'm now in a similar position. I'm in a new job now that I never would have taken before, but am doing some really fun stuff.

Here is to a better 2010!
Jasminn said…
Oh man! You are one strong person, not just athletically.
I am a strong believer in making your own "luck", and only you can control how you behave in any given situation. Clearly you are mentally strong too ;)
wishing you only good things, and thanks for such a good "tude"!
Kelownagurl said…
You've had a fabulous, successful year, Erin, congrats! I'm so glad you found a good job - the not knowing was hard I know, but I'm glad it worked out better in the end. Here's to a great 2010!
Mark said…
Erin, congratulations on a successful season. I love hearing stories how people use the negative energy they experience from a setback that would otherwise demoralize other people to their advantage. It is a testament to your fortitude and courage. Keep on keeping on!
BEADLE said…
Erin !

You are absolutely amazing. I'm so proud of you.


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