May 15, 2013

My true north


Hi there friends.  We're halfway through another week, and I will certainly be glad to put this one behind me.

Most of you probably know that I work as a lab technician at the same college where my husband is a professor.  I started there almost two years ago, and it has been the perfect job for me for many reasons.

Unfortunately, our college has had to make a number of staffing cuts in the past year, and I learned last Friday that my position will no longer exist as of July 1.  It didn't come as a total surprise, but I'm still struggling to come to terms with the finality of the decision.

I'm trying to stay positive and focus on all of the projects around the house that I've been anxious to tackle, and I'd like to think I'll be able to spend more time in my craft room.  But I definitely feel as if I'm at a crossroads, especially since my son will be starting Kindergarten in the fall, and I had not envisioned being home once my kids were in school full time.

What does all of this have to do with my card today?  Well, this one is for my hubby.  Needless to say the events of the past week have been hard on him, especially since he will continue to work with the people who ultimately made this decision.

I just love this saying from the Knotty stamp set by Avery Elle.  My guy is my true north, without a doubt, and I know he'll help me find my way again.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Not Quite Navy), WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Stamps:  Avery Elle (Knotty), Papertrey Ink (Faux Ribbon)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Not Quite Navy, Real Red)
Tools:  My Favorite Things (Insert It 3 x 4 Insert die), Spellbinders (circle die)

Thanks so much for letting me share my news with you today.  I promise to have a much more upbeat post with a fun and "fabulous" card very soon.  Stay tuned!

27 comments:

Suzanne said...

Christina, I am so sorry to hear this news. I know how much you enjoyed this job! You will surely be missed there. The research cuts/sequestration issues have been hard on so many people - I can tell you countless stories about cuts. Your card is so sweet and I am sure that you will find your way. xo

Maureen said...

aw, Christina...I'm so sorry. Cutbacks are never fun :( Hopefully something even better shows up once this door closes :) BC Educators are sad today as our past government somehow got reelected last night :( More cutbacks for our education system too :( What a lovely card for your True North :) I'm sure he feels the same about you :) Hugs!

Mary-Anne V said...

wonderful card for your husband. I hope that the future holds many happy non work related adventures. I am sure you will find it a nice change of pace.

Laura B. said...

So sorry to hear about your job, Christina! I love your card and it's so nice that you made it for your husband. Sending hugs your way!

Marisa said...

LOVE this, Christina! Fabulous card and I'm sure your hubby will appreciate it a lot too :) So sorry for your experience, but something will come up. Hugs to you!!

C Wu said...

love the navy and red. Sending warm thoughts. My uncertainty is due to sequestration. that's why I asked.

Joan Bardee said...

I am so sorry that you are losing your job. That is rough and I hope you are able to get another one that you love and works for you. HUGS

Joan Bardee said...

Oh and I love the card

Alanna said...

Your card is beautiful. I'm sure your husband will appreciate it. I hope you will find comfort and peace with this life change.

Tracey McNeely said...

Christina I am so sorry for you and I really do understand. New opportunities are always around the corner. I love your card and I think it he is going to love it!

Lynn said...

Christina, Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. I'm so sorry to hear about your job news and I'll pray for a good ending with a job that you enjoy as much as you have this one. Your card for your hubby is absolutely perfect and it makes my heart happy that he is there for you. xoxo

obee said...

Love your card but am sorry to hear about your job! It is always difficult to leave something when you truly enjoy what you are doing. I am a true believer in the thought that when one door closes another window of opportunity opens with new and exciting prospects... Wishing for the best for you and your true north!

June K said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your position being eliminated. Hugs.

Joyce said...

Your card is wonderful, and I am so glad that your husband is so supportive of you. I am sorry that your job has been eliminated. That must be very difficult. You have my sympathies. I hope that you are able to find something you enjoy before too long.

Michelle said...

Oh, Christina, I'm sorry to hear your news. :-( Your card is beautiful, and it is perfect for such a supportive hubby! I hope that this change is followed by new, better, and more exciting opportunities.

Cassandra said...

Oh boy Cristina I absolutely feel for you. I went through this 6 months ago, and will probably go through it again, this year. There is no value in Science, and that makes me cross.

Hang in there girl, your family need you, and, as my mum says, one door closes another one opens.

I hope this is true for you

Jingle said...

I am so sorry! That is really hard! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! Hoping you find some direction soon!

JJ Bolton said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your job Christina! I live outside DC and it's been an all too common occurrence around here. That said, I have every hope that you will find a good place to land very soon!

In the mean time, I plan to enjoy all the bonus creations you'll be sharing on your blog:) Your card today is a classic beauty! And I agree that the sentiment is tops!

Hugs!

Marybeth said...

I am so sorry Christina! You are blessed with a good man! Love the card you made for him. I feel the same way about my husband. I pray a better door opens up for you.

Kim Heggins said...

Christina, I am so sorry to hear about you job. You are so blessed to have such a sweet and supportive husband and this card is amazing. I am sure you will have a fun summer hanging out in your craft room and with your family. You are in my prayers and I pray that you find peace in all of this.

Paru Mahtani said...

Such a beautiful card!! love the sentiment!!

Vickie Z said...

So sorry to hear about your job and the cutbacks!! This is a hard thing to deal with... Even when you know it's coming. Fab card for your DH

Lindsey said...

I've been out of town most of this week and away from internet access. And I'm so sad to read this post. I'm so glad you have such a wonderful husband to help you through this hard time. Wishing you blessings and peace as you figure out your new path.

Sharron said...

I have been so behind leaving comments lately and I wanted you to know how sorry I am to hear about your job! Love your card! What a blessing that you have a super supportive hubby. Things might be hard for a bit but you never know what wonderful new adventure lies ahead. Wishing you all the best! HUGS!

Nancy said...

Christina, I'm so sorry to hear of your job loss, it's never an easy transition, but I'm sure something better will be in your future.
Love your card too and very sweet to make it for your hubby.
Good luck.

Nance Leedy said...

Oh Christina, I am so sorry. I know how much you enjoyed your job but you know what? You are intelligent, creative, resourceful and something else (& better) will come along. I truly believe that things happen for a reason. The reason may yet be discovered but it will reveal itself in time. Your card is fabulous, as always, and so are YOU! ((hugs))

Bethany Stellpflug said...

So sorry to hear this!
Your card is gorgeous though! I love those stripes!

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