Unemployed but Thankful

First of all, thank you so much for all the words of encouragement here and on Facebook about the new venture. I’ve got my booth set up, and I’ve been there several times this week adding more. I’ll be posting pics soon.

Now, for the less pleasant news.

I think I’ve been in a bit of shock and denial for the past two weeks, but I’m ready to face reality and admit that I’ve joined the ranks of the unemployed. I found out two days before Thanksgiving that I was laid off from the magazine that I’ve worked for as senior editor for the past two and a half years.

Texas LIVE Magazine Fall 2012 This was our fall issue.

There are so many of you who have supported the magazine by subscribing, advertising, and contributing your talents as writers and photographers, and I just want to say thank you. I enjoyed what I did at the magazine so much, and to have that kind of opportunity with a beautiful publication based in our small town was rare.

As for my professional future, I know it will all work out, and God has a plan. I’m just trying to trust in Him, keep my eyes open for new opportunities, and learn how to market myself to find freelance work.

In the meantime, I’ll have my little side venture at the antique mall to keep me busy, and I’ll have more time for blogging. Too bad that’s not a paying gig! :) If you need any photography work or writing, let me know. Or if you know of a great story–people, places, events, etc… that would make a good article, I’ll still be looking for ideas. And luckily, my full-time job (motherhood) has some serious job security.

To end on a lighter note, here are a few photos from Thanksgiving. Despite the unexpected unemployment, I have SO much to be thankful for.

TheShadyAcre.com Harper smoked a couple of brined turkey breasts on the barbeque pit and finished cooking them in the oven. You can read about his method here. Best turkey ever.

He saved the leftover bones, juice, and veggies to make a stock. A few days later, he used it to make a delicious pot of turkey and dumpling soup. I had a terrible cold for a few days, and it was the only thing I wanted to eat.

I made several pans of the Pioneer Woman’s rosemary and sea salt rolls.

We took a moment to celebrate our oldest niece’s sixteenth birthday. I’m so proud of the woman she’s becoming. What a beautiful girl–inside and out.

It would not be Thanksgiving without my mom’s pecan pie. Or her stuffing. Or her mashed potatoes. And turkey and gravy. My mouth is already watering for the Christmas meal.

I know Tice’s outfit is ridiculous. Someone forgot to put his jeans on him after nap time. But I’m glad I caught a moment of play with him and Papa.

I hope your December is off to a great start!





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3 Responses to Unemployed but Thankful

  1. Mom says:

    You continue to be an inspiration to everyone who knows you!
    Love you!

  2. Heather says:

    I agree with your mom! You are unbelievably talented. You deserve a little break before you are back in the trenches again! Love you lots!

  3. Natalie, you already know how I feel about you, your talents and the wonderful magazine that brought us together. I know good days are ahead. Enjoy your boys and your Shady Acre!

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