From Turtle To Bufferfly: The Good Thing That Came Out Of Job Loss For Me

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”  -Alexander Graham Bell

In November 2009 I just lost a job, was humiliated by the notion that I had failed at the very thing I’d spent two years of my academic career working towards.  I was basically at a point in my life where despair had set in.

Becoming a Turtle

Baby turtle hiding in its shell.

Image by FotoDawg via Wikipedia

I equate the first few weeks post losing that job to that of a turtle because of the  perceived humiliation that I felt. I almost spent the first few weeks after the job loss sort of in  hiding (like a turtle in its shell) feeling l didn’t want to look for work.  By December there had been a slight shift in that self-image surrounding this period in my life. I still lacked the confidence needed to feel like I could be successfully employed as part of a corporate team despite my continued job search.

A few days before christmas I was getting stir crazy the job hunt was going no where fast. I started to search for first-hand accounts from someone, who like me lived with cerebral palsy. Not completely satisfied with what I found; in how it represented me and who cerebral palsy affected my life.  I decided that the only to see the change I envisioned, was to be the change.

The Butterfly

Photograph of a Blue Morpho butterfly (Morpho ...

Image by Gregory Phillips via Wikipedia

Little did I know that the project that was started simply as a personal creative outlet would take flight.  In the first eleven months it had seen 20,000 plus hits and it was then that I realized if I was to see any further expansion I would have to buy my domain. I purchased what you see today imported all the old content and my results continue to see growth.

As of today, I have been employed and am happy that I can help others, by means of continuing the site The site seen a total of 36,362.  It is within the first five hits on google for cerebral palsy blog and cerebral palsy blogger on the first page for each of those terms. This post prevokes the question: 

  • What good has come out of loss for you?



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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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4 Responses to From Turtle To Bufferfly: The Good Thing That Came Out Of Job Loss For Me

  1. Cheryl says:

    Hey, Laura! Your site looks great. Really like the header—very attention catching. Oh . . . I’ve gone back to my maiden name so, YES, I am the person who taught with your Mom!! Keep up the good work. You have filled a void and there is obviously lots of interest in what you are doing.


  2. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    what are you using to host your blog wordpress or blogger etc glynis

  3. Pingback: Happy New Year 2012 | through my eyes my life with cerebral palsy

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