I was laid off after 11 years of service at an internet company (in the automotive industry) in Los Angeles. There was a need for cutbacks and my position was a dollar sign and subsequently cut back. I relished the job and it was good while it lasted, but I can’t help but feel like I have been evolving for the past few years and finally ready for something new. What would that something be?
I find myself extremely concerned about the state of the environment. Even though it is “in” to be green and everybody is driving Prii (read, multiple of Prius), I don’t feel like society as a whole really understands what that means. Hey, I don’t believe I have a full understanding of these implications. I want to gain that understanding about so many things: from growing and eating organic food to cleaning with non-toxic solutions to shopping locally and friendly to the environment. “They” say “vote with your wallet,” but can this be done while maintaining the budget of an unemployed career seeker living in Los Angeles?
So why do I start off my blog by telling you that I got laid off? Since I am not financially ready for retirement, I need a new career. I want to put my energy into creating a green movement in my community that can help improve the environment, support small businesses and promote sustainability. Maybe my title will be Chief Operating Environmental Awareness Officer (COEAO, sounds like some big oil coalition). Let me assure you that I will strive to not be preachy. I hate when people tell me how to live my life–why should you listen to me? That is the beauty for all of you, you don’t have to listen to me. But maybe you do listen to me and you might discover that there are more benefits to being green than just being able to say that you are green. I guess we will have to wait and see, won’t we?
Thanks for listening, GreenUp! Guy