How one mom copes with losing her job

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

From anxiety to tears of joy

As I walked into work on Friday July 25, 2008 I knew something was different. There was tension in the air. As soon as I laid my purse down beside my desk, I heard my supervisor call my name. Almost instantaneously, I was being led down the hall by a now former co-worker enduring the stares and whispers of my associates as I passed them in the hall. In my head I repeated the phrase I had heard quite often in the months leading up to this day. "Your position has been eliminated."

When I arrived home to my four children, reality hit me and I wondered what I would do next. I wasn't really afraid of struggling. I was a teen mother and had endured and overcome several obstacles in my life, but somehow this was different because it was unexpected. I had been doing freelance work and writing poetry on the side for a while now, but this did not pay the bills. However, it was my passion and for the past two years I had talked and dreamed about publishing my own book.

For quite some time I had researched of the self-publishing business and was outraged at how expensive it was for someone to pursue their dream of becoming an author. In 2006, I decided to start my own company, "Mirrors of Expression," that would assist me and other writers in pursuing their publishing dreams at an affordable rate. However, since I was working 40-plus hours each week, my company became nothing more than a name and a dream. I just didn't have the time to get it off the ground. Now, all I had was TIME! Between job searches and interviews, I could focus on my own business. With this in mind, I decided to turn my seemingly bad situation into a drive to fulfill my dreams as well as help others live out theirs.

Happily, I have just released my first book of poetry titled, "Stepping Out of the Shadows: A Poetic Journey through Life," published by Mirrors of Expression. It's an autobiography of my life in a poetic format. Through my poetry I speak about my struggles as a teen mother, domestic violence, love, self-esteem and how I beat the odds. I have gotten great reviews and have been told that it's an inspiration to so many women that have been and are still in such circumstances. My dream has finally become a reality and I am helping others pursue theirs as well.

Looking back, I know that getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me! Admittedly, I once possessed a lot of anger toward my former employer. Today, I feel nothing but gratitude toward them for the chance they unknowingly gave me to fulfill my dreams. Proud of myself and optimistic about my future, I am the happiest I have been in a long time! Although times are hard and it is all just beginning, I am certainly enjoying the ride. Now, I live by my own motto: Steadfast determination brings success fueled by self-motivation!

To learn more about Mirrors of Expression visit or call (614) 516-6376.