Stacey was very unfortunate to experience not one, but two, redundancies within quite a short timeframe and after returning from maternity leave with her first and then second child.
Stacey’s story is one of resilience and tenacity. I was fortunate to spend a morning with her on my business, experiencing her financial coaching
To celebrate her journey, I have included some of the details from the original blog post here, where she reflects on the emotional journey that led her to setting up what is now a successful financial coaching, accounting and book keeping business, Healthy Business Finances.
I was on maternity leave in 2010 with my first child and requested to return to my old job part time, because, as like most new mums, my priorities had changed. I went in to meet with HR to be told I was made redundant. It was a shock to say the least which soon turned sour placing tension on myself and my family. I found part time work and loved my “new” job.
However, I fell pregnant with my second child and went on unpaid leave in 2012, expecting to return to work in 2013. Much to my horror – I was yet again made redundant. Being made redundant when you truly love your job and the people you work with is hard to take – but to have it happen twice…. You feel a sense of loss, a feeling that you are useless, not to mention you start to doubt your own ability and you start asking yourself why you bother.
I had worked for 14 years in the finance and accounting sector and thought I was good at what I did. I was efficient, met deadlines, did whatever was required – but ended up without a job and feeling pretty much “unloved” on the work front. Plus I now had two small children and no foreseeable income – and I am too old fashioned to rely on my husbands wage. Plus – I wanted to work.
So much negativity could have really gotten me down, but what is the point?
I came home from that meeting with HR that day in 2013 and have never looked back.
I contacted my web designer and told her I needed a website ASAP as I was going to run my own business. One that would provide bookkeeping and accounting support to other small business owners – but would also allow me to be flexible around my family. I got business cards designed and printed and started my social media campaign.
My business started in May 2014, and although the first year was at times a hard process and often an emotional roller coaster – you have to find the positive in everything – no matter how small.
I now see being made redundant as the best thing that has happened to me this year.
I am proud to now say I run my own successful financial coaching, accounting and book keeping business.
Giving up was just never an option for me.
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