I Lost My Job and Found My Way

Some of you may have seen the announcement, but only a few friends and family know exactly the latest speed bump my life has taken. And even though it's a cliche, in my case, when one door was closed another was definitely thrown wide open. 

So what many of you may not know, is I was laid off from my job at the local news station.  It was a "mass layoff" scenario, where many good people were affected. It's the nature of the business these days, and I'd been on the other side plenty of times. This time of course was very different and an abrupt and shocking end to my 7 years in TV Marketing. 


There were no hard feelings really, just mostly a slight panic over what would happen next. I had been working multiple part-time jobs in the running field because that's where my true passion lies. I had even created a local run group, RunEatTweetAZ, all in hopes that one day I could make the leap into the health and fitness industry. When I was laid off, I felt like I might have to start all over somewhere else, putting my career-dreams on hold. 

But there's a happy ending to this depressing story. I reached out to the connections I had made in the local running community, seeking out any opportunities available to salvage my goals. And one of those connections was Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale. I thought, maybe I could just work there Part Time until I found something? 




Why Fleet Feet Scottsdale? There are a lot of great running stores in my area. But during my time working with Fleet Feet Scottsdale on various events, I have come to realize the atmosphere there is one I can really connect with. They strongly believe in just getting people moving, no matter how fast or how far, they just want to inspire the community to get active.  Now that's not to say that other stores don't do that, but I've found Fleet Feet Scottsdale does it with such warmth and with such enthusiasm that it's an environment I love being a part of every time I step in the store. 


Fast forward to my request to meet with the owner, Linda. We chatted and we realized how much I could offer Fleet Feet Scottsdale. And she offered me a full-time position as Marketing Manager! I could use the skills I've developed to help a store I loved, while DOING what I am most passionate about at the same time. 

Today was my first day on the job. I'm learning so much already, while getting extremely excited about the projects I will be working on.  I know this is where I'm supposed to be now, and I know it will lead to some amazing adventures ahead. 


Join me for a run at Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale sometime soon, or just stop by to see what we're all about. Of course, you can follow all of what's ahead via their Facebook Page or Twitter and as always, I'll bring you updates on my journey as they come! 

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  1. Congrats Jeremy!!! I've been there before and it's scary. So excited for you and your new journey! :)

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    1. Thanks so much. Definitely both excited and nervous to see where it leads!

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  2. So happy for you on this new journey! You are going to do amazing stuff my friend!

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  3. That's awesome! While the massive layoff is crappy, it's nice to see you may have found your way to combining your talents and passion into one. Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks so much.. yeah, it's tough but glad I was able to find a way to come out the other end with a more positive future ahead!

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  4. Thats awesome Jeremy! Literally... Run with this!

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    1. :D Thanks Brad. Hope you'll come run with us sometimes!

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  5. Congrats, Jeremy! That's awesome news. My local Fleet Feet is also pretty great--I take part in one of the local running clubs they sponsor, and the owner is an awesome guy.

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  6. Jeremy! I'm so happy for you! Silver lining to being laid off -- you get to pursue your dreams. :)

    The Scottsdale store is right near where my mom lives. Next time I'm in AZ, we will most definitely hang out and run (unlike April's failed attempt...).

    Congrats!!

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  7. So happy for you Jeremy! I never doubted for a second that someone wouldn't scoop you up right away. You are an amazing person both professionally and personally. Congrats!

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  8. That's amazing news!! Congrats to you Jeremy and cheers to new experiences!! Love the peeps there!

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  9. I am so sorry you were laid off but I love how things worked out! It was fate!

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