An Unexpected Change

Believe in Change
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Written by Lauren Delaney

We all go through various stages of transition during our lives. Change is constant even if we are unaware that it is happening.

It’s unfortunate that some of us are losing our jobs and it’s definitely not how we want to start the year off right? Lauren shares her personal experience on how she lost her job just before a new year.

We all go through various stages of transition during our lives. Change is constant even if we are unaware that it is happening. Sure, there are those pivotal moments such as marriage, divorce or welcoming a new baby that we all know will alter our course. However, sometimes the smaller shifts can teach us what we are made of and force us to look at what is working and what is not.

A little before Thanksgiving I was told I was being let go from my job at the end of the year. Due to some business demands, my role was being eliminated to create a new position. I was utterly shocked. Of course after the financial blow up circa 2008 where people were losing their jobs left and right we all know the possibility exists. Working at a large corporation that was experiencing an upswing and with a demanding job that left little downtime I never imagined it would happen to me. It took a few weeks for the news to settle in and for me to accept it. At first I was really angry then I would get really sad and feel like I could randomly burst into tears at any moment. Lastly, I would remember how tough it was the last time I was searching for a job and would start to feel a combination of frustration and fear of the unknown.

It was seriously a tidal wave of emotions and it’s amazing that I could experience so much from one change. I have some time now to accept and allow this news to settle in so I have come to peace with it. Sometimes things simply happen for no reason. Maybe there is a greater meaning or a silver lining that I will discover at some point down the road, but for now it is simply a life change that I have to accept and work through. I do know how the story ends — I will find a new job and the emotions I’ve experienced during this time will fade. For now, it has reminded me of the things that are most important in life — my family’s support, my own faith and determination, and the belief that the next good thing is always just around the corner.

148629_10151803043916377_2022239160_nIdentity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?

Patience — and I am still working on it!

What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?

Accepting that not being perfect is ok.

What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?

A successful career in marketing. I would love to own my own company eventually.

What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?

I tend to be obsessive and a perfectionist, but I’ve learned to let things unfold a little more as I’m getting older.

How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I love my determination and resourcefulness. It’s come to my rescue many times!



About the author

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Lauren Delaney

Lauren has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently employed at Century 21 Real Estate as a Marketing Manager. Lauren "discovered" working out about two years ago after she was injured in a car accident. After seeking medical care, she was told she would never feel better until she started exercising and strengthening her body. Not exactly the athletic type,
Lauren started with some baby steps, and found she truly enjoyed getting stronger and "feeling the burn" as they mention in those gym commercials. A love of exercise led to better eating, lots of learning about nutrition, and the rest as they say is history. Hardly! It has only been two years and there is still a lot out there to absorb. So much so that Lauren started a blog to share her thoughts and adventures. The Bikini Experiment is dedicated to the journey of enjoying the fit life...because, yes, it can be fun. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys movies, shopping, celebrity gossip, reading and traveling.

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