Monday, February 1, 2016

Plan B

My former pastor's wife once said, "This is Plan A, there is no Plan B." She was speaking about marriage, and I believe that is true. There is no exit strategy or greener grass or something better out there for me and the marriage I have – no matter what. 




However, when it comes to a career I'm not sure to say the same idea can be applied. I always thought that education was a rock solid career choice with no need for a Plan B. But my years in education have shown me that it might be wise to have something to fall back on. A few years ago in my county there was a reduction in force which affected teachers who had many years of experience. It was unexpected, it was disappointing, and it was quite eye-opening. My job in education is not as secure as I once thought it was. Especially as a media specialist, I am not guaranteed a position within the schools. I would like to think that budget cuts and reduction in personnel will not affect the media centers at schools in my state, but they already have. Media clerks were cut in the last reduction in force, and they have not been reinstated. Next time it could be the media specialists that are on the chopping block. The state of Florida has already eliminated or greatly decreased the number of media specialists in the schools. Many libraries are run by clerks or even by volunteers. So it isn't a crazy thought that my job might be on the line.

So I have a Plan B. My Plan B is Rodan and Fields. I hope that I don't have to fall back completely on that plan, but it is nice to know I have a plan in place in case the unthinkable happens.

So what is your plan B?

What happens when layoffs come or a company closes its doors? And is your Plan B recession proof?  Rodan+Fields launched from retail into the direct sales market just months before the 2008 recession...yet they experienced their biggest growth during that period of financial crisis. Why? 

"We grew from $3 million to $10 million to $22 million to $60 million right through the recession. A lot of people were looking for an alternative. The recession shook people’s foundation and belief that if they are doing the right thing in corporate America, they are safe. People started saying, “What else can I do?” “Where is my plan B?” They started looking around. A lot of people have experience with Rodan + Fields through our previous company, Proactiv. They knew we were a real brand. When you combine the real brand with the market opportunity of anti-aging and the business opportunity with technology, they said, “Wow, this is something really powerful; we want to try it as our plan B.” ~ Dr. Katie Rodan

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Confessional

I have a confession to make:  I am a liberal.  This is a fact I have felt that I needed to hide based on my geographic location (the south) and religious beliefs (Christian).  I'm over hiding the truth.  I'm coming out as a full-on social liberal.  This isn't easy.  My parents are conservative, most of my acquaintances and friends are conservative, my entire state is a "blue" state. 

As long as I'm coming out as a liberal, I might as well go all the way:
  • I'm not Catholic but I love Pope Francis.  I think he is brilliant.  I think his views are truly Biblical and God-honoring.  They may not be "American" views, but I'd much rather follow what the Bible says than what American culture says. 
  • I believe in climate change.  It's happening.  It's affecting our weather patterns, and while it may not be 100% caused by humans, I think we are 100% responsible for doing what we can to stop it.
  • I do not believe in a literal 6 day creation.  I believe that when God said "Let there be light" there was a Big Bang and the universe was created.  I do not believe that God and Science are mutually exclusive.  I somehow have a difficult time believing that Adam named every animal and got bored with them within one 24-hour period. I personally could have enjoyed the company of a dog for at least a week before getting bored. 
  • I do not believe that capitalism is the best economic system.  I don't know what IS the best economic system, but I'm not naïve enough to believe it is capitalism just because I happen to live in a capitalistic country.  We have just as many problems as countries with different economies. 
  • I believe 100% in public education. This one is difficult because I'm not sure that public school is going to be the best option for Castiél. Regardless, I believe in a fully funded public education system and I am more than willing to have my tax dollars go towards that end, even if my children do not use that system of education. I'm even for free post-secondary education. College for everyone! (At the same time, please, for goodness sake fund vocational education and training!)
  • Healthcare. It's a right. Let's join the rest of the world in giving it to everyone. 
  • And while we're at it, paid parental leave. There is no reason for a mother to have to return to work immediately after having a baby. 6 weeks is not even enough time. Don't believe me? Have a baby and then let's talk. 
So there you have it. I'm announcing myself as being quite left of center. 
(Sorry Mom and Dad!) 😄