So, I have this dress. I call it my lucky dress. It’s my “go to dress” anytime I have to make a presentation or look my best. Why? Well, it’s a powerful complimentary color. The fit is nice and I have the perfect pair of shoes to go with it. But most importantly, it makes me feel confident.
All that seems not important but there’s a reason for this. I have worn this dress several times over the last year to many job interviews. You know what’s ironic about this dress. It’s also the same dress I wore the day I got laid off from my job.
I remember putting the dress on that morning knowing that I wanted to look my best. I knew something was about to come down that day and I knew it wasn’t going to be good. The dress, made me feel strong. As if no matter what happened, I could handle it.
Over the course of the year, during what I like to refer to as my full time job as a professional interviewee, I wore that dress on several occasions. Here’s a screen shot that was used on the internet. I’m wearing the lucky dress and this screen shot was taken of me anchoring the news just minutes before I got my pink slip.(I don’t look happy but I’m sure I was reading a serious story.)
So, you might be asking “if that’s the dress you had on the day you got fired (I really didn’t get “fired”, they didn’t renew my contract. Whatever!) why in the world is that your lucky dress? Are you crazy? That’s bad luck. If anything, you should be calling this your “unlucky dress”.
That’s a legitimate question. It’s one I have asked myself. I had to dig deep to figure it out.
Here’s what I’ve come up with.
That dress represents strength, stamina and confidence. It also represents that I know my release wasn’t about me, it was about the station saving money.That’s why I wasn’t afraid to wear it again. I’m very good at what I do and I know that. I feel very strong about my abilities. That dress didn’t scare me one bit. Putting that dress back on was my way of saying, you can’t bring me down, someone made a dumb move, it wasn’t my fault and I’m moving forward.
Moving forward with that lucky dress. The one that gave me the confidence to take whatever came my way.
It’s also the dress I wore just last week, on the day I decided I was going to start my own business. This is an exciting time for me. I never in a million years thought I would be an “entrepreneur.” I always pictured myself working for someone else. But it took losing my job to make me realize, I would be much happier doing what I love.
Now, I get to do stories that I’m passionate about. Stories that matter and that hopefully will make a difference. It’s a journalist dream come true. I can’t wait to start sharing these stories with everyone.
And you know what, for my first camera appearance with my new journalistic venture, I think I’ll wear my “LUCKY DRESS”.