The first day after the lay-off, I think I went through an entire carton of Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream, while lamenting over the fact that there wasn't going to be enough month at the end of my money. In fact, I don't think I changed out of my pajamas for three days. I cried. I prayed. I cried some more.
Then, the idea came - why not teach piano? I mean, I was broke, anyways, and my days were suddenly very, very free, insofar as time. I bought materials. I hung up flyers. Then, my first student arrived a week later. Initially, this was something I did to make ends meet.
... Imagine my surprise, however, when I was offered my old position in 2012. I realized, then, that even though the job was offering me a living wage, I still couldn't give up my students. I loved each and every one of them, and I loved teaching the classes. So, I worked two jobs while I finished college.
It's been six years since the lay-off, and I thank God daily that He blessed me with this business - He has given me the ability to teach kids The Art Of Music. When circumstances are tough, remember that there's a plan - God wasn't through with me, and if you're going through something like this, He's not through with you, either!
Blessings for all of you today!