When One Door Closes…


It happened. I got my first (and definitely not last) “We’re going to go in a different direction.”

While disappointed, I couldn’t help but laugh. Unfortunately (but with bright spirits!), I’ve always been a “Murphy’s Law” kind of gal. When things don’t happen in my favor, I’m usually not surprised and keep putting one foot in front of the other. 

See, this makes me sound like a pessimist – trust me, I’m farrr from it! From a young age my mom has always preached, “Everything happens for a reason,” and I believe that mantra more than I believe in most things. I believe the universe has a funny way of working itself out, and it will.

“So now what?!” probed the ESTJ personality type in a panic. As I “ssshhhh’d” the tiny voice from which my worries seldom emerge from, I felt comforted. I quickly assured that voice that something else is just around the river bend(you guys, I’m cracking myself up over here with all these phrases).

After I received my not-so-good news phone call, I immediately hopped on the computer and started to reach out to other contacts I have in regard to future career opportunities.

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Here’s what I did:

  • Grabbed a cup of Yogi tea
  • Lit a Pumpkin scented candle
  • Turned on my computer and settled myself into my desk rolling chair
  • Went to my LinkedIn profile to make sure it was completely up to date and checked my contacts’ statuses
  • Made a list of possibilities
  • Contacted the people I knew at places on that list
  • Went on a run

At this point, I had done all I could do for a Thursday afternoon, so I laced up my Nikes and ran out what was left of my disappointment and returned an even more excited version of myself.

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Let the chips fall where they may.

(Dangit! I did it again.)

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About Emily Kirk

Life goes through constant changes and multimedia helps captures these moments. I plan to post the moments I've captured and share them with you all as I pursue my career in Broadcast Journalism. Enjoy the ride.
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5 Responses to When One Door Closes…

  1. Jasmine N. Rockow says:

    I admire you’re ability to recover so quickly from disappointment! With an attitude like that you are sure to find the opportunity that’s right for you in no time. I’d bet money that someday whoever made the decision to not hire you will be kicking themselves.

  2. cmfbianco says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your disappointment. I hope that you find something great soon, and I’m sure you will with an attitude like that. I agree with you and your mom that things do happen for reason, and something better will probably come along for you. I love the pictures and phrases! Best of luck with your new search!

  3. Adaira Floyd says:

    You have quiet a positive attitude toward this, which is admirable! In sales, they would always tell me it’s sometimes better to hear a yes or a no rather than a “maybe” or “we will get back to you.” – that way you can keep moving forward and find the best offer/fit. I definitely agree with you, and others who has commented, that things can happen for a reason. 5 years later, you may look back at this time and be happy you had such a positive attitude – I have a feeling it’s going to lead you onto something amazing. Keep us all posted!

  4. hmartin3 says:

    I sincerely admire your positive attitude about this less than ideal situation. It would be so easy to sit around and feel bad and wonder why they made the decision that they did. But that’s not going to get you anywhere- as you know. I like what Adaira said about a yes or no being better than a maybe. Whether you realize it now or not, there is a reason you didn’t end up where you thought you would be, and now you can move on to something far better. Best of luck and keep us updated lady!

  5. Your optimism is pretty amazing, but I definitely agree, there is a reason for everything! My mother taught me the same. And way to jump back in to the search again, I would probably be a little too frustrated to look at all that so soon, best of luck. There’s probably something even better waiting for you around the corner! Hurrah for perseverance!

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