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Expect the Unexpected

By: Alejandra Salgado   December 01, 2017 @ 4:39PM

Well, the expected unexpected occurred today.

Not only is it Friday but it’s the first of December. I love first days of the months. The day feels like a new year. It’s a reminder of a new month to make better choices and another reminder of how fast times goes by. I wake up in the morning and I’m automatically in a good mood. That mentality of a new month was setting in already. Not only that, but it was finally the month of December. The month of holidays, spending time with family, lots of food and all the festivities involved. These are some of the things that make this month special. In addition, it is the last month of the year and slowly welcoming in a new year.

Worked proceeded as normal. Gale brought in the “morning bombs,” which is what he calls donuts. He brings us donuts every Friday. It’s become such a habit that we all wait for him in anticipation to have a piece of that fried American typical breakfast.

For lunch my operations (ops) team and I headed out to a Christmas Party. Our partners we make business with called, Camelot, invited us for an “Ugly Sweater Party.” I didn’t participate in the holiday spirit of wearing an ugly sweater. The food was delicious! I had a salad, mac n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, cornbread and coleslaw. For desert I had brownies and a mini cupcake. It was nice and I won a prize from one of their raffles! It consisted of hummus dip, crackers, apple cider, chocolates and other goodies.

We headed back to the office and we had two special guests from the Germany office. They were two gentleman who are the head supervisions of the whole North American region. I immediately felt the tension. We all gave each other worried looks. A look that made you feel that something was going on. Minutes passed and the tension, stress, and confusion started building up slowing. My heart was racing and I was anxious to know why we had these special guests at our office. Then, the director of sales asked us to head over to his office. I walked to his office alongside my three other co-workers. We looked at each-other and our faces read a mix of a little fear and expecting the already bad news.

The regional manager of sales for RNA (Regional North America) started with, “Well I have unfortunate news..” Immediately, we knew what was coming. He mentioned our positions were going to be impacted due to the merger, that this had nothing to do with our job performance, and we would soon be receiving a packet with information on how to proceed and the options we will have. I saw this coming but it was a complete shock. As we walked out I grabbed my phone, walked out of the office and proceeded to call my best friend. I cried and explained to her everything that happened and she listened and offered supportive advice.

I’d be lying if I said  I wasn’t expecting these bad news but I was still in shock. The whole week we heard rumors and a memo from the board of directors left us feeling concerned. As I’m typing this I’ve had some time to process the news, cry and think positive thoughts. I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason and sometimes blessings work in disguise. At the moment I don’t know why or where this will lead me but I’d like to think and have faith that good things will happen. Time will tell and for now I will smile and focus on the things I have control over. I have control over how I spend my time, some of my thoughts and learning. Read and writing is helping me release stress and I want to continue to do more of it. We may fall at times but the important thing is to get right back up.


Hi! My name is Alejandra Salgado and I'm a working professional in the maritime industry. Follow my journalism journey on Instagram @alejandra.salgado.rtv Whether you are incorporating a new element into your career or completely changing careers can be a challenge. The upside is that, on the journey, you get to meet incredible people, be inspired, and grow. Follow my blog to learn, feed your curiosity, and improve different areas of your life through the lens of storytelling.

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