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And the next chapter begins…

The pharmaceutical company I worked for the past 9 1/2 years (would have been 10 years if I made it to April 2012) was bought out and I officially closed the doors on Jan. 31, 2012.   During those years I think I survived 6 layoffs and went through about 4 company requisitions and name changes.  I worked in the facilities department and had some years working in the lab, as well as purchasing experience.   A co-worker jokingly once said to me I would be the last one locking up this place, and I was .  It was definitely a mixed bag of emotions, I worked with a lot of people who were really cool and to have it just come to an end is sad.

I personally changed a lot in those nine years, when I first started the job I had long hair (dreads actually) heavily into drinking and partying, it really wasn’t my character at all.  In fact, I was still running, I never stopped running during my toxic years of self medicating.  I remember one time being up all night drinking and taking mushrooms and ecstasy, and the next morning, or mid afternoon, whenever I woke up I wanted to go for a run.  I went to a local track to run and remembered my heart felt like it was going to explode, I am lucky it didn’t, I was still messed up and it wasn’t a great run to say the least.  After that episode it was time to make a change.  I have a very addictive personality which I consciously need to be aware of.   The interesting part is my darker stage of partying started at 29 years old until 34 years old. During that time I really lost myself, putting my self in danger and others, and the worse part putting my sisters and parents through a lot of hell, as well as my soon to be wife at the time.

That being said, I gradually started getting my act together when I met my wife Erika, I was a major work in progress.  We got married, I became a father, I went back to school at night and got my bachelors degree in Business, my relationship with God and spiritual life has grown tremendously, and I became the Facility Manager at my job.  So why even mention all this?  Because it’s a strong memory of what stage I was in my life during my first 5 years at that job.

So here I am, a stay home dad right now, and ready for my next chapter in life as far as work goes.  No doubt I will have a better start this time around wherever I land.



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