All of us have experienced tough times on some level, this I know. Some days, I feel like I experience it a little too often in my life. I work very hard at my job and I have a solid work ethic. I come from the thought process that if you do it right the first time – pay attention to the details, etc., then you can make the most of your time overall. I never feel like I am above learning new things. Whenever I enter a new position, I go in with an open mind, ready to learn how ‘they’ do things — I don’t come in with preconceived ideas and feel like since I’ve had a lot of experience I know everything.
I currently work as a licensed esthetician. When I was in school, my thought process and my hope was to become a medical esthetician after I obtained my license. I have worked 10 years as a medical assistant in dermatology and have worked in the medical field for about 30 years. I was eager to start my new career as an esthetician and I put my resume out everywhere. I later found out…the hard way…that no one wants to hire an ‘older’ person with a lot of experience. I guess they feel like I would want a lot of money? I don’t know. At any rate, after a solid year and a few months, I FINALLY got a job at a salon and spa as an esthetician, but also working the front desk when I wasn’t doing facials or waxing.
I now have 2 years under my belt as an esthetician. I can’t say it has been lucrative. I feel the salon I work at doesn’t really advertise the ‘spa’ part of the salon. A lot of the salon clients don’t even know that we have a spa downstairs, and don’t even know we offer facials! I try my best to get the word out there — but without back up advertising (i.e., on facebook, via website, etc.) I guess no one would even know what our spa services are. So, I do have clients here and there, but I spend the majority of my time working the front desk. I take my job seriously, and I work hard at it. I try to anticipate the needs of the stylists, and do all of the tasks that are required of me.
A few days ago, my boss pulled me aside to tell me that the lease for the salon was up next summer and that they have made the decision not to take the ‘spa’ along with them. She then told me that she needed to save money so they could move to another location. I was given a month’s notice.
When she told me this, I was frankly stunned. I always thought I would grow with the salon/spa, and that I would build a clientele. My co workers are like family. I have been applying for jobs ever since the day she gave me the news. I am realizing that maybe my career choice was not the best one? I don’t know. I am asking myself a lot of questions now that the dust is settling. I still feel a little numb, still have like a sinking feeling in my chest. I am a little scared….afterall, my paycheck pays for the food for our family.
As I sit here and type this, I am watching the clock. I have to go in to work today. How will I work there over the next month? I have so many questions, but am hesitant to even ask for fear of getting upset all over again. I am trying to keep my head up. Trying to realize that every set back means something better is coming. Every closed door reveals a better, open one. I’ve been praying. I’ve been reflecting on a lot. I need to go in to work today with my head held high… it will be awkward.
So, its not like I haven’t been in tough situations before. Most of them worked out just fine. I don’t know why I just can’t accept the news and chill out and be patient for whats to come. How do you all handle bad news? How do you handle tough times? I feel somewhere stuck between lost and hopeful. Discouraged and optimistic.
Wish me luck. Let me know if you’ve had a similar situation and how you handled it.