Frumpfighter

Taking comfort in these ever-changing times

Posted on: January 16, 2009

Record-breaking cold temperatures. Restructuring of the organization where I work. Constant news of layoffs in the industry I’ve built my whole career around. Where’s the comfort?

I’ll admit my plan to dutifully watch what I eat and keep to a strict workout routine has gone by the wayside this week. Staying committed to an overhaul of the diet and life in general should be fairly simple. Then stress intervenes.  

At times like these, I’m almost thankful I’ve gone through my share of job insecurity, financial struggles and uncertainty – especially over the past eight years. Every time it seemed like nothing could get worse or better, a new opportunity presented itself.

When I lost my newspaper job in March 2001, I got a different one three months later – one that I loved and thrived in. In March 2002 when the doctor told me I was infertile, it turns out I was actually pregnant. Eight months later I became a mother. When there was upheaval at my job (the one I loved) in 2004, an opportunity opened up at The Gazette, allowing us to return home to eastern Iowa.

Now, there is upheaval once again in the workplace. But this time it is different. Scary, yes. Nobody can afford to be unemployed – especially with the job market so grim. But I see opportunity and forward-thinking in The Gazette’s plan. Will everybody who works there now make it through the restructuring? Probably not. Am I guaranteed a job? No, nobody is. But I do have a sense of resilience that will keep me going no matter what happens.

I am not going to be militant about counting every calorie and dragging myself to the gym every day. After all, it is 30 below zero and everything I learned in my career the past 15 years is changing. But I’m not just going to give up either. That’s how I became frumpy in the first place.

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7 Responses to "Taking comfort in these ever-changing times"

There’s a lot to be said for “hanging in there” in tough times. Sounds like we both take solace and find strength in family and friends. Good luck with the organizational changes. I’m guessing your use of WordPress and Twitter will bode well for you!

Thanks Marty. When everybody is pretty much in the same situation, you have to be confident in your own abilities and future.

Very nicely done. You express the fear, anxiety, excitement and anticipation we’re all feeling. I love your “that which does not kill me … ” attitude. We will all get through this — we won’t all end up with the same result, but we will all get through.

Thank you for posting this.

Thanks Molly. We’ve all gone through tough times before and made it out stronger. I think this is a exciting opportunity for everybody to strut their stuff and show what they are made of.

[…] staff member, Angie Holmes, wrote in her Frumpfighter blog last week: “I see opportunity and forward-thinking in The Gazette’s plan. Will everybody who […]

Nice. Maybe frumpy is more “flexible” in a way. 🙂

Tom, there’s no excuse for frumpiness (well maybe a few) 🙂

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