What do you do when life takes an unexpected turn? You step back, close your eyes, take a deep breath and allow yourself to dream of all the possibilities. That is exactly what I did as a result of being downsized after 27 years at my last company and ending a career of over 30 years within the Pharmaceutical Industry. After four days of contemplating the option of taking another position or a retirement package, I opted for the latter. On day five, I turned to my husband and said “I am stepping out on faith. There has to be something else for me to do”. Thus began my journey in appreciating the true power of faith and life lessons that come with accepting the unexpected. My journey allowed me to realize my passions and begin taking steps to pursue my purpose.
As I began to share the ups and downs of my journey, I realized that what happened to me was truly a blessing in disguise. It forced me to search and go within myself to:
So, what am I passionate about?
And, what are the talents/skills that I enjoy using the most?
A heart felt thank you to all the women who said to me after I was downsized:
Their questions were the catayst for starting the Life 2.0 Community. It made me realize that other women were ready to start their journey too.
I was in the Pharmaceutical Industry for over 30 years. My last position as a Hospital District Sales Manager allowed me to further develop my leadership, relationship building, strategic planning and communication skills to effectively work with all levels from peers to senior management within and outside the company. Although I received numerous sales awards throughout my career, being recognized for exemplary leadership skills as a recipient of Merck’s “Amazing Women of 2007” award was a true honor for me. It is one of my most cherished awards because I was nominated by someone who was part of my team.
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I’ve always loved interior design. After completing an Interior Design Certificate program at Middlesex County College in 2010, I decided to continue studying at the New York School of Interior Design. A few years later after being downsized, I had the opportunity to join Elegant Interiors by Sabrina.
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