I’ve Been Fired. . . And It Was The Best Thing In My Life!

This may be the BEST day of my life . . . I just got fired!

That’s not what you feel like saying on the day you lose your job, but it may be true!

As for me, well I’ve been fired twice in my life.

The first time I got fired I had been absent from work due to a flu bug that had worked its way through the office. The boss called me and told me not to come into work the next day. Half delirious I thought, how nice of him to be concerned about my well being. When I finally awoke from my stupor I realized he meant, or the day after that, or the day after that, or ever. . . Boy was I pissed! What a whimp to call me on a sick day and fire me! He didn’t even have the stones to tell me to my face!

However, as it turned out, that firing led to an opportunity for me to return to school and complete a degree I needed in order to move to the next level of my career.  Little did that boss know, he actually did me a favor!

The second time I got fired I had been working on it for several months. I was making good money, but the company I worked for had no soul. In fact, they went out of their way to suck the soul out of their employees. Clearly, the company had some ethics problems, and after 2 solid years of enduring them I decided I had to go. They were good at getting rid of people! The company had a nearly 200% annual employee turnover rate.

I wanted out, but couldn’t justify leaving. If I was going to go, they needed to provide me with the safety net of a severance package.One day responded to an email from the site manager although some might say  I picked a fight with him.  He was clearly breaking his own “office computer use policy” by sending inane and meaningless emails to the entire staff. I sent a “reply to all” indicating the violation and 10 minutes later I found myself in his office. This was my chance. . .

Unfortunately, he was willing to let me off with a warning. Bummer! When I got back to my cubicle my supervisor said, “what do you think you are doing? Are you trying to get fired?” I answered, “Yes. But the site manager didn’t take the bait. I guess you are stuck with me a little while longer.” He replied, “Go home, I’ll take care of it.” The next day I came in to find my cubicle cleaned out, a moving box full of my stuff, a pink slip with my name on it and a severance package that helped me bridge the gap between jobs. That was one of the happiest day of my life! As it turns out, both of those days were!

So you’ve been fired? Join the club.

It may feel a bit devastating, but in reality it could be the best thing that ever happened to you.  The key is to learn from you experience and move on.  Here’s my simple formula for doing that without taking the poison from one position into the job search with me.

  1. make a list of what you did well at your job.  Be specific.  Give numbers whenever possible. You will use this list when you create your resume, interview, and negotiate for your next salary.
  2. make a second list of what you did not do well, and what went wrong.  You are going to use this list in your next job search when researching company culture.
  3. purge yourself of the poison feelings you have about getting fired.  Talk to a friend, a counselor, a career coach or someone who can help you get the venom out of your system.
  4. develop a statement about why you left your last position that allows both you and your former employer to be seen in the best light.  Let me be clear here DO NOT LIE!  EVER!  On the other hand, you don’t have to bleed all over the place either.  Something like, After 7 years things had changed, and we came to an agreement that it was time for me to look for other opportunities.  You don’t really need to say much more than that.  You former employer won’t, in fact, they have probably already forgotten about you.

The Wisdom of the Radish: Plant a Seed Contest

The most charming memoir I’ve read in years, The Wisdom of the Radish turns the classic “small-town girl goes to the big city to seek her fortune” story upside down. Instead, Stanford-educated city girl, Lynda Hopkins, leaves the comforts of the city to start a small farm.

It isn’t glamorous, but Lynda describes her farming (mis)adventures with a sort of spunk and confidence that almost makes you want to leave everything behind and test yourself on a farm. It is a comedy, with oversexed roosters and overflowing irrigation systems. It is a tragedy, with murderous foxes and bug-destroyed crops. It is a romance, with a dramatic, touching scene in the field at dawn, when . . . wait! I do not want to spoil that part.

The Wisdom of the Radish is one of those rare nonfiction books with an engaging plot that could masquerade as fiction. Lynda writes like a cheeky girl next door; she makes starting a farm from scratch and raising unruly chickens sound like an amazing adventure story. But the book is also painlessly informative about plants, buying local, and the struggling field of small farming.

But most simply, it’s just a really good book. In one of my first weeks working, I was assigned to do a backup read of the book right before it was sent to the printer. My boss probably thought I was the most dedicated employee ever: I read that book with such focus, even bringing it with me on my lunch break and reading it on the bus ride home. (Shh, do not tell him it was just because I was hooked and could not stop reading!)

The book also made me desperately want to go to my local farmer’s market. The small farmers in The Wisdom of the Radish are so real, so likable, and so hardworking that supporting local farmers just seems like the logical thing to do. Plus, I know they must have some juicy farming stories to share, just like Lynda.

Author Lynda Hopkins

So, the pressing question: what is the wisdom of the radish, anyway? I suppose you’ll have to read the book to find out.

Learning Center is to empower students to lead success

Christian Preparatory Learning Center is an independent, co-educational, college and vocational preparatory, Christian school serving students grades 3 – 12.  The school is located at 230 East Merritt Island Causeway, Suite 106, Merritt Island, Florida.

   Christian Prep offers each of its students the opportunity to succeed both academically and vocationally.  Our school’s academic program meets and often exceeds Florida Sunshine State Standards and is designed to help students achieve a successful admission into college.    

   Our school utilizes curriculum provided by Accelerated Christian Education and meets accreditation standards in the State of Florida.  ACE curriculum provides every student with the ability to achieve a complete education through evaluation and proper placement within the curriculum.  ACE curriculum is mastery-based; Before progressing from one lesson to another, students must demonstrate a minimum of 80% proficiency.  Utilizing the results of entry evaluations in English and math, each student’s curriculum is individually designed to help them progress forward at a pace best suited to their learning abilities.  Students graduating from ACE schools are accepted in over 1,500 colleges and universities through the world.

   Through partnerships with community businesses and industries, Christian Prep also provides students with the ability to prepare and succeed in a vocational career.  Utilizing opportunities to learn a skill or trade while attending high school allows Christian Prep graduates to quickly step into career opportunities.

   Christian Prep also addresses the concerns of students who have fallen behind in grade level.  Through the use of ACE curriculum and individualized courses of study, students can move more rapidly towards achieving their proper age-based grade level.

       Christian Prep is compliant with all requirement of the Florida Department of Education and is authorized to accept both the John McKay and Florida Tax Credit Scholarships.  The requirements for enrollment of students with these scholarships are as follows:

   Students with a McKay Scholarship must be enrolled 30 days prior to the first day of September, November, February or April of the school year.

  • Parents of students registering to use the McKay Scholarship for the first time must file a letter of intent with the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice no less than 60 days prior to enrollment.
  • Students registered in a Florida Public School who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) are automatically qualified for the John McKay Scholarship.
  • Students attending a Florida Public school and living in low income households may apply for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship  at any time, but must remain in public school until their scholarship has been approved.
  • Students receiving free lunches in a Florida Public School qualify for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.
  • Useful resources on admission: personal statement writing help.

Advancing Education through Character

Building Individualized Curriculum and Programs

When you choose Disciple Christian Academy, you get more than just another private Christian school; You get a Christian team of professionals who are committed to meeting every educational need of your child.

After diagnostic testing, children are assigned courses that each consist of 12 workbooks called PACEs. Each PACE presents interesting lessons, new vocabulary, challenging quizzes, and mastery tests. The unique format of the curriculum allows students to advance from unit to unit as they demonstrate mastery. Students advance through the curriculum under close supervision by teachers functioning more as individual tutors.

Our Curriculum

On the surface, most schools look alike—buildings, personnel, curriculum, and budgets. The Accelerated Christian Education program is different. For more than 40 years, it has been the trendsetter in Biblical educational reform. Its philosophy is built on basicprinciples of the Word of God. Students are taught to see life from God’s point of view, to take responsibility for their own learning,   and to walk in Godly wisdom and character. This is a comprehensive Bible-based program that serves both our campus-based school and our home school families. The curriculum is recognized for preparing children for today’s world and giving them the academic and spiritual tools necessary to achieve their God-given potential.

Accelerated Christian Education’s concepts are based on the following Five Basic Laws of Learning:  

  • A child must be at a level where he can perform.
  • He must have reasonable goals.
  • His learning must be controlled, and he must be motivated.
  • His learning must be measurable.
  • His learning must be rewarded.

Based on these principles, the A.C.E. curriculum assures parents of:

  • A solid, mastery-based, back-to-basics education for their child.
  • A course of study diagnostically individualized to meet a student’s specific learning needs and capabilities.
  • A program incorporating Scripture, Godly character building, and wisdom principles.
  • A curriculum using advanced computer technology to help ensure the finest education possible in today’s high-tech climate.