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From #Funemployment to Fun Employment

When I discovered I was transitioning into the world of funemployment (or #funemployment as I’ve been apt to call it on social media), I set myself a timeline to ensure I gave my soul some time to heal and ensure I didn’t fritter away all my severance before finding the next big thing.


I wanted to travel, and travel I did. I went on a cruise, I rode a train, I spent time in Toronto and I just got back from England. Heck, I’ll be off to Calgary in a couple of weeks too.

I wanted to learn, so I signed up for Hootsuite University to help soothe my passion for social media and diligently set myself forward to better understanding the medium. And I can proudly say that I’m now a Hootsuite Certified Professional. And as I want to further my knowledge of the adult learning function, I’m starting to explore the world of design & development to supplement my understanding of facilitation & delivery.

Yet now it’s time to start that next transition. It’s time to look for that new opportunity. It’s time for me to commit to finding that next great opportunity and transition back into the world of being happily employed. (there’s more to read below)

The Opportunity of Unemployment

Last week, after an eleven year run (eleven years and two days to be exact) I discovered that my services as an adult learning professional were no longer required and that my employment was at an end.

I guess I should have been shocked. Or maybe upset? I’m not entirely sure what emotions I should be experiencing as I lacked experience in being let go – it’s just never happened to me before. Instead, those close to me have described me as being unexpectedly happy and positive.

That’s the thing, why shouldn’t I be happy? While not through choice or by design, I’ve been presented with an opportunity and that excites me.

Paddleboarding at Sunset

Courtesy of Jens Mayer


Now it’s important to understand that I’m not happy that I’m no longer employed. I do find myself worrying about what is next and having worked for the same company for 11 years, I’m also concerned that the skills and knowledge I’ve obtained over that time do not hold as much relevance as they once did.

Then there is the financial side of things. How will I pay my bills? Will I have enough money to tide me by until I find my next job? When do I begin to expand the horizons of a job search and begin looking for that next pay cheque instead of that future career?

So as you can see, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine.

Yet with all of that now resting upon my shoulders, I still don’t find myself worried. I have confidence that I still have much to offer and have established a network that will serve me well when I do decide it’s time to begin looking for that next great opportunity.

A Path through the Trees

Courtesy of Alex Krivec


In the meantime, it occurs to me that I have an opportunity to take some time to recharge my soul. Sure there are lots of thoughts on my mind, but much like a forest path, I need to simply allow myself to continue to move forward. If I reach a fork in the trail? It will happen, but again, I simply need to make a choice and move forward.

To accomplish all of this, I’m going to take the next few weeks and do things I never thought to do before. I’m going to be going on a short cruise. I’m going to fly somewhere on a lark and simply enjoy the destination. I’m going to take a course or two and help exercise my mind. And I may even hit the gym or take up yoga – a little exercise for the rest of my body wouldn’t hurt either.

You see, this opportunity doesn’t present itself too often and it would be a shame if I didn’t see it as such. In fact, it would be a shame to simply see this as unemployment.

From now on, it will be funemployment.

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