Due to Difficulties Beyond Our Control…

Like loss of paid work, I will need to cut back on my blogging schedule.

Yup, I lost my job last week. It’s not a surprise. (See my previous posts on Fear.) It’s even a blessing in many ways. The job hasn’t suited me for years and my managers and I hadn’t seen eye to eye – ever – on many issues. Also, seventeen + years of employment at one location, one job means I am severely burned out of anything remotely resembling office administration and clerical work. Better to start fresh now and they were generous with the severance package.

So for those of you wondering, I am interested in freelance writing/editing/proofreading work. I have experience writing marketing and training materials.

So why do I think I’m going to slow down here? Because I can’t afford to rely on finding said freelance work all the time, which means I will continue to look for full time employment AND continue to write fiction and whatever else I think of. All of which means, I suspect this blog will suffer.

My apologies and I promise if I run across opportunities and/or stories that must be shared, you’ll be the first to know. I hope this won’t take long, but I simply don’t know what God has in mind.

That’s part of the adventure. 😀




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12 Responses to “Due to Difficulties Beyond Our Control…”

  1. Giora says:

    Hugs from Canada, Victoria, to you and your family. As much as it's nice to read your blog, frequent blogging isn't necessary for authors (I blog only every 2 months). Your family, financial stability and your novels are by far more important. Your offer for editing might be useful.

  2. Barbara Ann Wright says:

    Good luck, Victoria. I know you'll land on your feet.

  3. Natalie Aguirre says:

    Even though I hope it will work out well for you, I know this time must be hard. I'm facing my company closing in about two years and waiting to be laid off to get my severance package. I'm hoping to reinvent myself after over 25 years at the same place so I know what you're going through.

    I've been looking into job search engines and if you want any tips or have any to share, feel free to e-mail me. Don't worry if you can't blog as much.

  4. Vicky says:

    Hi Victoria! Glad you're landing on your feet. Same thing happened to me years ago, thrusting me into freelancing, and it was the best thing that every happened to me. Do your networking and whatever you need to do to take care of yourself and trust us to enjoy your blogposts when you get time to do them.

  5. Suzan Harden says:

    The most important thing is to take care of yourself and your family. We'll be hear to read when you're ready.

  6. Victoria Dixon says:

    Thanks so much, everyone! And Vicky, I will contact you privately to see how you launched the freelance life. 😀

  7. saba.msda says:

    I just read that you lost your job recently. It is brave thing to announce it publicly on Blog.
    I know how you feel, and I know how you will feel soon, in couple of days of weeks if you do not find another job, soon as your brain and your soul realized what happened.
    Now you are still fresh in shock, not yet aware, so beware! I am talking to from my experience. I have lost couple of works, three to be precise. I was extremely devoted to those jobs and working hard days and nights in struggle to keep them. In my homeland, Bosnia is very hard thing to find a proper job, and job at all. Employment providers are well aware of huge misbalance in ratio employment- employers, and they literally squeezing clerks until lost drop of strength. After destroying another one of workers, there is hundreds of new fresh, thirsty for affirmation, on marketplace.
    After loosing of my jobs, at first, I was telling to my self that I am happy, that this is relief. That job was awfully stressed and cruel slavery (that is the truth). But, large but, life change, disappointment, lost of a battle, lost of income, lost of courage and self-confidence, or simply change of daily routine led me every time in trouble with my body weight. I am not devoted to my physical appearance, but I do like to maintain my body shape in healthy and suitable measurements. Every time, after loosing of job in a blink of an eye I gained over ‘’’’ pounds and had lot of trouble to rid of them. It is usually to late when it happens (I mean on gaining of weight).
    It is simply happened naturally, after couple of late mornings in bed, sleeping disorder, wearing of comfortable, cozy home’s clothes. There was not much of eating, nothing unusual, that is why I did not noticed that I am gaining fat, because I was eating the same amount as always, nothing more, or to often. It was simply lack of every day’s stress at work. That stress was burner of calories.
    Therefore, my dear, new friend, be aware! This is friendly advice. From my personal experience, there is nothing pleasant in struggle with overweight. Believe or not it has significant effects on psychological strength and impact on self-confidence.

  8. Margo Berendsen says:


    You must keep blogging.

    Okay, my selfish moment is over. I dearly hope you find enjoyable work via freelancing or another job even better. I've been at my job for 18 years now, gosh the thought of starting over again is overwhelming! But they say change is good.

  9. David Ferretti III says:

    Hello Victoria,

    I am sorry that you are unemployed. Sometimes something bad generates something good. I hope this proves true for you.

    I wish you and your family a Happy Easter.

  10. Rachna Chhabria says:

    Reduce the days of blogging, Victoria, that way you will still be in touch with us.

  11. Kappa no He says:

    I'm wishing you all the best at freelancing. You have a great attitude and I'm sure this will work out for the best.

  12. vicki says:

    Thanks so much, Saba and Thersa. You know, the weight gain came for me while I was ON the job. I was so depressed and bored, I ate. It wasn’t healthy eating, either. Now that I’m on my own, I’m at least getting out of the house more, so I’m hoping I’m living healthier at the very least.

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