4/5/11

Any Day Now...Oprah Will Sign Those Adoption Papers

So...this won't be a post with pictures of me picking cherry blossoms with my feet turned inward looking at the camera like I didn't know it was there. (That pose usually makes me look stupid anyway)

I wasn't even going to type this post because blogging is about the latest shoe acquisition or the latest magazine inspiration. It's the happy, shiny place where the world is better just by realizing that a skirt can be worn as a dress or realizing that leopard and camo prints are considered neutrals. (I do believe that)

But that's not my reality at this moment.

At this moment, I am wondering why I have two degrees but was just informed that I will not have a job next year due to budget cuts. Most of you know that I'm a teacher. Once upon a time, that was the most secure job on earth. Not anymore.

This is not even a post to rant about the education system (but you can call me and I will give you my two cents) or about the President (he stepped into this mess...he didn't create it and he is still MY president so watch it:).

It's simply to say that I value this blog and my followers. I think ignoring something so major going on in my life is the exact reason why you choose not to follow other bloggers but somehow have chosen to follow mine.

I often wonder about some bloggers who look like they don't have a care in the world and their biggest concern is what to wear to take outfit pictures. I am not that chick. This blogger has bills to pay.

I try not to get too personal most times because a) even though I have a website, I have a weird paranoia about the internet  and b)I already have a stalker from prison thanks to this whole fashion thing.

I felt like instead of having a weird absence from posting (which sometimes is necessary), that I would be transparent and explain that I'm going through an unwanted transition right now. I'm not the first and I certainly won't be the last. But this is my blog so I get to do what I want.

So, while I await for Oprah and Stedman to sign the adoption papers that would  put my whole family out of misery, this is my reality.

I do think this is an opportunity to maybe find something more in the lane of styling, writing, and wardrobe editing. I even enjoy teaching kids if I am teaching them how to style, write, and edit their wardrobes!

To be honest, some phenomenal opportunities have come my way just through this blog (hopefully I will get to share about it later this summer) so it's not beneath me to ask if you know somebody, who knows somebody who wants a stylist, or a writer with a degree in Journalism and Master's in Education Administration with a desire to frolic and be one of "those" artsy people who manages to pay their mortgage and look phenomenal while brunching  networking. I've always wanted to write for a living or tap more into the creative side of me, so this just may be that time.

I want to be one of those people...I'd be good at it. Oddly enough, I do think something great is coming my way.

This sucks nonetheless. I'm not into astrology a whole lot but I am a true Virgo. We crave stability. This shakes up my world a little but I am a believer in God ( I have to be, it's GOD's Favorite Shoes after all) and that there is always something bigger and better in store for most people. Most people...not people who wear jeggings with short shirts..nothing good will come to them:)

So while I await for Oprah and Stedman to get their act together and make a decision about adopting a 35 year old Texas girl, I'll be watching old re-runs of Martin and taking notes on how Tommy did it. (Can't explain that if you didn't watch The Martin Lawrence Show in the 90's).

I think Oprah might be close to adopting me though...I have a dog. I wrote that on my adoption application TO her. She loves dogs.

(I know some people wouldn't have disclosed this personal info or may think it's about sympathy but if you know anything about me in real life...you can imagine what I would say to that. Plus, this post was more for me than them...and there is always the "delete post" button)

Real outfit post coming soon...promise:)

P.S...The good news is that I'll be putting new Spring items on SFAM soon:)

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51 comments:

Caribstar said...

Its super scary out here but remember when one door closes God opens another. I say follow your heart.

InnyVinny said...

REIKO...Dude...that sucks, but I will not be my usual cynical self because this could be a major opportunity for you. I wish you all of the luck in the world, my friend.

Darci said...

You already said you believe in God, so know that He's GOT YOU! Nothing worry about. Bigger and Better things darling!

Dee said...

I know that it took a lot to share that with us. I will keep you in my prayers. You will land on your feet. I'm not sure if you've considered going into the medical field but MD Anderson has a few openings that require a jounalism degree.

Ro said...

I too have reservations about what to share....thought I was the only one. :-)
Every thing happens for a reason. Your amazing Reiko so you have bigger fish to fry.
I am sorry that happened.....but I know soon that will be a "remember when" story to tell.

I will support your future endeavors…..whatever they may be. Cause a diva gotsta get them bills paid :-)
I’m praying for you...and may great opportunities come your way..BEFORE next school year!

Jada said...

I know how you feel! I am a teachers aide and the school I work at will be closing up. They will be doing some cuts and some teachers will be transfer to other schools. I know God has my back but I also know I have to get out there search for that special job he has for me. :)

Elissa said...

First of all, kuddos for being brave and honest, and putting yourself out there. This is your blog, and you can write about whatever you want. That's what it's all about. I commend you for doing just that.

I wish I had some leads on a style job, but I might have one for writing. Have you checked the ProBlogger's job bulletin board? They frequently post jobs for blog writers. Go to http://jobs.problogger.net/. Type F, Tyra Banks' fashion website, is looking for bloggers and you'd be perfect. There are plenty of other opportunities on there too.

Sing said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the job situation. Nothing is stable in this here world unfortunately. We could all be in your shoes any day ourselves, so my heart goes out to you. You seem to still maintain a positive, even comical attitude about things and that says a lot about your character. And I'm sure that positive attitude will get you the next great thing that will happen in your life. Stay strong sis.

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your job, Reiko. I do hope that it opens up so new and exciting possibilities for you though.

Elissa said...

Had one more lead: http://www.demandstudios.com/freelance-work/bloggers.html

Mutual admiration society holla!

VanoueLicious said...

I wish you luck and hope you get through this.

Toya of The Limerick Lane said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the job loss. That was me last November. And can I say ... literally 5 days after getting laid off I was styling a magazine cover and appeared on the Nate Berkus show. So sometimes things like this can be blessings. Now you can go pursue what you really want to do. That's how I look at it! I'm enjoying my "fun-employment"! I get to travel and just live. I needed this break in my life after working so hard for so many years. I was sad at first, but realized that it may just be a blessing. Good luck!! Now you can come to NYC anytime you want!!

Ty said...

This post spoke to me--I'm kind of dealing with the same thing. It's awesome of you to be so optimistic. Go girl! (And go Virgos! LOL!)

Moni @ CL Journal said...

OK, let me tell you...one: I'm sorry you are losing your job. I understand completely. I've been unemployed next month for TWO YEARS!

Now, let me get to the point.

YOU ARE A FREAKING BRAND!!! WORK IT!!

We now continue with our regularly scheduled program.

Girl, you will be just fine! With a title like "God's Favorite Shoes" how the hell can you go wrong?

Alicia said...

I'm so sorry to hear that, and kudos for being brave enough to share. Let's get drinks some night in Houston- who knows what we could dream up!
Alicia @ www.dismountcreative.com/blog

L. Michelle said...

I am so sorry to hear about your job :( I work at TEA and although I survived Phase I layoffs, I am not sure what will happen in Phase II. I pray that you are able to find something quickly.

laniza said...

When one door closes, another door opens.

elisha said...

Girl I am a teacher from Atlanta and the same thing happened to me last year luckily I was brought back on the day before school opened back up. God takes care of all his children and this might just be the opportunity for you to do wonderful things keep your head up and ask for direction and don't be afraid to follow Him. He is just wonderful like that!

Bajan Beauty said...

I am sorry to hear about your job loss, I am glad that you are being optimistic. I myself always have to remember God has a plan and it is He who orders our steps. You will find something better.

I am a virgo too!

Jody said...

Been there, and the next door that opens is always better trust me!

This is Gods plan you know that right?! Use your talents and start your business in styling, or organizing, or whatever makes you happy! You'll do awesome you'll see!

Jody

Sunny said...

"I often wonder about some bloggers who look like they don't have a care in the world and their biggest concern is what to wear to take outfit pictures. I am not that chick. This blogger has bills to pay"

This right here????? Exactly how I feel!

I appreciate your being so candid because outside of blogging, the world still exists. We all have issue and problems although some of us don't "seem" to. The fact that you have let us in is very noble.

That aside, I am sorry to hear about the job situation. I will keep praying for you. Keep the faith. You already know God has something in store for you. You are too special of a person!

Shevanne Brown said...

I appreciate ur honesty in this day and age...especially with all going on in this economy. As an educator finishing up my 7th year of teaching I was informed that I will be going to my 6th school next year due to unit loss and I may not know where I am going until the last day of school this year. I myself am never worried because I am a child of God....and for this I don't worry....
With that being said I will tell you not to worry but to praise God for you bei f able to work till the end of the school year and you know from now to get in order what you need to do...what I want you to do is look at what you have and see where God can use ur talents...because baby he has some plans for you.

Juanette said...

#1 Why do the feet have to be turned inward??? That don't sound right!

#2 Why am I cracking up about your blog post on you losing your job?!? I thought it was going to be sad! You still ignant in the face of job loss, that's talent girl!

#3 What are you working on?! We talk everyday! Spill it...*I won't tell...*

#4 You can move to Dallas and we can open a store and I can live a bohemian lifestyle and you can handle the business part. I really WANT to live a bohemian lifestyle. I hope that doesn't mean I'm going to become a mean old lady with a lot of cats. I just want to be eccentric and say whatever comes to mind.

#5 Oprah and Stedman can't adopt you because you are not an orphan. Your mom won't have anyone to critique their wardrobe. Hi Mama!

#6 I love you. You're my sister. We'll face this along with all the other challenges together.

Me and you us never part....

Me Myself n' Why said...

Jeremiah 29:11
New International Version (©1984)
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


2nd Timothy 1:7
For GOD DOES NOT give us the spirit of fear BUT POWER, LOVE & A SOUND MIND!


Walk by Faith and NOT by Sight...GOD KNOWS you are walking in HIS favorite shoes! He has you covered.


Blessings

Miss said...

My goodness Reiko, I am so sorry to hear this news. Can I just tell you that you are the THIRD blogger in a matter of ONE WEEK to be laid off. It really is very disheartening. I know I don't know you guys "in real life" but I do feel like you are my friends. I'll be praying for you, girl.

Needless to say you are beyond talented, and I do believe that everything happens for a reason. Who knows what God has for you on the other end of this unfortunate event. I do hope that you are able to realize your dream of being a writer. My great aunt, retired a few years ago and finally wrote her first book which is publishes and selling on Amazon so IT CAN BE DONE! I will pass your email address along to my grandmother. My family is in California but that doesn't mean they can't help.

Keep your head up, Reiko!!

p.s. I love that you still found a way to infuse a little humor into this post. That says a lot about your character!

xoxo,
Eboni Ife'
The Fashionista Next Door

Laurel said...

Can I swear in your blog's comments section? Cuz I want to. What the eff? Why would anyone be so stupid as to cut YOU??? You are probably the most badass teacher Houston HAS! They NEED YOU. I wish I could tell you that life over here is all sunshine and daisy cupcakes and unicorn picnics but it's not. I don't know the key to making money AT ALL. I may have mastered the art of denial and avoidance, though, so if you need any tips on how to pose even though you feel like crying, let me know.

LaShaune said...

Really sorry to read this news. If you're down to the crunch, hunt me down on Facebook. I can put you in touch with my Aunt who runs a catholic school in Beaumont (yes, B-town). She was also an English teacher for many moons in Beaumont as well as a principle for an elementary school in Orange. She may have some connections to help you out.

Assy said...

Only you could announce to the world this news with so much humour. I am sorry about your job. Teachers do not get paid, or thanked enough...I love the way you are, and I wish you all the best. Unfortunately, I do not know anyone who can help you. However you seem to be so good at all the things you do in this blog, and networking as well that I am not worried. I just hope that you will keep on blogging because you are a ray of sunshine in my daily life.
Best of the best

Ashley said...

I definitely feel your pain...literally. As of June 30, 2011 I will be out of a job as well because the funding that I'm paid from will run out and not be renewed. But, I'm taking this opportunity to finish school (graduating in December) to get my Bachelor's degree. At first I was bummed out because I have a 5 year old son to think about. But, I also believe that God has something better for me and for YOU!! He definitely does not want us to be stagnant. I pray that you will find something that brings out your creative side AND pays the bills. God bless :)

Minister of Style said...

Ok, I'm with Juanette, we talk frequently...why am I just hearing about this young lady?? And you know how I feel about being transparent with readers instead of presenting this Pollyanna front. But most of all, I know that a fabulous opportunity IS coming your way because you are a believer in our God, HE truly does know the plans He has already laid out for you and you are incredibly talented, funny and just an all around great person. Being a fellow Virgo girl is a plus too, lol. Goodness and mercy will follow...just watch God work.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the job :-( It is so scary out there. My daughter who is a pharmacist is afraid of getting hours cut or losing her job, too. Everyone is cutting back.
My fingers are crossed for you.
Mary

Katie Mac said...

I believe all things happen for a reason and everything comes to an end but God has big things in store for you!
New opportunities will arise so take this time to explore your other passions writing and fashion but most importantly take time for yourself. Best Wishes!

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Sad to hear this news. I never would have thought that teacher would be laid off. {Thanks Gov. Perry} God doesn't close a door without opening another.

K said...

You're going to bounce back in big ways girl! I can feel it! This is an exciting time for you in my eyes. I know it sucks, and its scary but it really is the perfect time to do you and everyone needs that.
I'm excited to see where this transition takes you (hopefully into Oprahs gorgeous house)!

Mustard Seed Collective said...

Reiko, This post is why we love you. You put yourself out there and we can all relate on some level. Many have already said it and I'll at to it... Now is your time to shine even brighter. I don't want to sound like I know everything, but I believe this is truly a blessing in disguise. Now go out there and do what you really want to do!

Bunni said...

Thank you for sharing that. Many people (myself included) are going through it right now, but are too ashamed or scared to let people know. I think you are going to be just fine, though. Just look at as an opportunity to do something new. God bless!

FashionAddict said...

I'm so very sorry, hun!!! Our state slashed education funding as well, so there have been several positions cut at the school where my mother works. She is afraid the next time they cut, it will be her job, since she teaches PE and health. I don't understand why the people who ran our country into the ground for an entire decade by deregulating banks and funding two wars without raising taxes think they can fix this by slashing public jobs for a few years. Anyways, sorry for the rant. As a lawyer who has been unemployed since October, I feel your pain, and I'm here for you! Best wishes!

Anonymous said...

So sorry about the job loss. I wish you the best!

Vivi said...

I am so sorry to hear this. But I like the positivity that you're bringing towards this situation. Like you said, merge your talents (teaching + writing + style) and make a brand out of it. In a way, you're already a brand with this blog. And your followers are your supporters, too. I know it sounds cliche but keep your head up and ask God for guidance. Everything will be cool beans. Take care.

Heather - Inner cupcake said...

That sucks that they cut your funding- from the little that we got a chance to talk about what your job is, it sounded like you were doing something really great with your kids and that your were darn good at it too! But it sounds like you're being really positive about it and I truly believe that good things are on the horizon for you. Thank you for your transparency, it's much appreciated.

Chastity Garner said...

:( It will work out...I know it will. Just stay positive. Call me if you need to chat

C.

caramelnaps25 said...

Reiko I think everyone has said it all! I too feel your pain in this economy! Last year I was sitting in your same position, but God prevailed! Most of the teachers who were cut were rehired, only those with poor evaluations were not rehired. You are very talented and I know that you'll come out of this ON TOP! God provides for HIS children and then Oprah and Stedman will arrive:) When she calls me to invite me to her school I'll be sure to tell her about you!

gigiofca said...

Faith & move your feet! Everything always works out. It sounds like this is a great opportunity for you to explore that Journalism degree. I'm excited for you :-)

OLIVE PAPERIE said...

I won't say that I am sorry to hear this because I know that you will prosper and become stronger from this experience. You have the fashion "gene" so take that and use it to the fullest. You will be fine and I will pray for you!

myedit said...

I thought Kendi and Bryan were adopting you?
Kidding aside, I am sad to know your job has been cut. I know the economic situation is far different in the States and I hope things even out soon. And you could be so right... this could be a chance to do something you have always wanted to do. YEars later you may look back and see God's plan in all this.
xoxox

LCB said...

Sorry to hear your unfortunate news. I am sure you will come up with something brilliant! You seem like a person who can make lemonade out of lemons. I will remember you in my prayers as you weather this storm.

Kyla said...

I'm so sorry, my dear. You have a great attitude about it, though. I'm also of the "everything happens for a reason" school of thought and there's no doubt that you will go on to bigger and better things! If all else fails, you can move to PA and be my friend. The pay's shit, but the benefits are freakin' awesome!

Work With What You've Got said...

I love you girl. And I've been there. You are in my thoughts and prayers and as always, one of the brightest stars that shines in my sky. Much love.

Datruth corner said...

what do you mean adopted by someone else? Girl I thought you knew "You were adopted"..Do they do second adoptions , just wondering! gotta love a girl that is like a cat that will land on her feet...get it feet, God favoite shoes..So glad I adopted you, oops do not tell your dad that you were adopted ( he thinks that you are his)haha

Datruth corner said...

Ophrah adopt me

Kerissa said...

If you aren't uplifted by these comments I most certainly am. Teacher to teacher it ain't easy and no matter how many sciptures we quote, prayers we pray and hugs you receive it is a scary reality. You acknowledged it here now get going on pursuing what you really love. I am. Folks look at me crazy when I say teaching is my final stop. Think back and reach inside your heart. You know teaching wasn't meant to be for a lifetime. You need a nudge and if all else fails start a program teaching what you love (wheels turning). I can always move next door to you and be the model for SFAM :)

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