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This might just be the most boring week of my life, and you may fall asleep within the first few phrases.

I figured that the effect of the recent stature of the auto business would eventually effect me beyond my drastic pay cuts as of late, and now it has. My position as Business Development and Internet Manager of the Kasper Auto Group was eliminated last week. The position/department that I have built and toiled over for the last several years of my life with my dedicated staff is no longer.

The office is empty.

I'm sure others can relate to the discouragement I feel knowing that this happened despite the fact that my career runs through my veins. What's more frightening, closing the previous chapter or opening up the next. What about that limbo in between, where confidence and self doubt duke it out?

Crossroad.

Some of my former co-workers and competitors are counting on me packing it in and being just 'Mom.' A daunting task...mom. No one will dispute that. It's my job to make sure that my daughter knows how to face adversity and triumph. To stay dedicated to her passion and use it as an outlet to contribute to the betterment of society.

What better platform to lead her by example than this?

If you've made it this far without nodding off, sound off.
I'm not the only one sitting on this launch pad, right now.
Where do we go from here?

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Comment by Silia J. Hatzi on June 14, 2009 at 5:29pm
There exist, in my opinion, immortal words which, regardless of how often we've heard them, never seize to capture -and inspire us through- the timeless strife that all men and women of substance come to live through; here are some, courtesy of Mr. Kipling. All the best to you, Megan:

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!


--Rudyard Kipling
Comment by David T. Gould on June 12, 2009 at 11:46am
Megan, all too familiar of a story... quite a few similarities to the story line... ( http://www.automotivedigitalmarketing.com/profiles/blogs/turned-a-page-starting-a ). Your not alone. "It's my job to make sure that my daughter knows how to face adversity and triumph." shows a bit of your character and why you'll be fine though these unusual times. The car business is a fickle friend that never stays in one direction long... that's what keeps it exciting for me. Good luck with your new day and consider the opportunity afforded (digital marketing experience) from your previous employer... They will likely miss you soon enough if your numbers mirrored the industry! DTG

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Comment by Megan E. Bucher on June 12, 2009 at 10:44am
Thank you for the encouragement! That is exactly why I'm sticking with the auto business, and excited to find my place in it's next chapter. The scary part will be getting there, but it'll be worth it. I just know it.
Comment by Joseph B Antley; JB ANTLEY on June 11, 2009 at 2:30pm
Hey Megan,

Just as your title says "It's a new dawn, it's a new day!" I have so many friends on the 'launch pad' right now but remember that while the car business is changing, it isn't going away!
Wish you all the best,

Joe

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