• Allie Gritt

Why getting fired was the best thing that could have happened to me.

If you would have asked me how I was doing six months ago, my answer would have been basic and bleak.

My life had just been turned upside down with getting fired for the very first time. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would get fired. My beliefs and work ethic had always been wholehearted and hardworking. I suppose that's not what my former boss thought.

After that horrible day, I decided I wanted to finally do something for myself. I wanted to build something from the ground up, that I could be proud of. Something I could put my name on, and know that at the end of that day, I made that. I did it. Me. No one else.

At first, I was a little timid in thinking that little ol' me could build dreams for myself. I had always worked and dreamt from the sidelines. Most of the time, other people were reaping the benefits from all my designs, ideas and hard work. Finding that confidence was and is still a daily struggle.

I had come from a big city. I had no idea what to expect from a small town. I came from the business mindset of fast paced, name-dropping, and fancy-car-driving environment. I loved the people I was surrounded with in California and am now so excited to build that circle in Albuquerque.

I've learned a lot in my two years living here.

I've learned that not everyone can be trusted, especially in a small town. I've had my eyes opened to how malicious women can be, even well into their lives. I've picked myself up from being shot down, and I've built something for myself. I can truly say that I've taken my life for what it was and decided that wasn't enough. I've had a lot thrown at me in my life, and at times, I'm a little shocked that I'm still standing. But not only am I standing, I'm thriving. And I'm not afraid to say it.

Don't get me wrong. This isn't a self confidence boost, this is a "I did it, and YOU CAN TOO" kind of boost. We all know what it feels like to be shut down, and to be discouraged. But who can really say that they've looked fate in the face and said, "not today!"? Life throws tough stuff at us to test us, but it's up to us to turn around and live life even more boldly than ever before.

Six months ago, I got fired for no reason. Now, one month into 2019, I've signed seven clients to my own business, and have built my reputation from the ground up through hard work, commitment, and passion. I can truly say that getting fired was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. If not, I would probably still be sitting in a windowless office, getting paid minimum wage, and wondering why the heck I'm not going anywhere.

So, don't choose to be content with life as it's given to you, chase after that inkling of a wish that sits in the back of your soul that you never dreamed would be possible.

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