When One Door Closes Another One Opens…

Most of the people inclined to read this blog are interested in my love of craft beer and my genuine love for the people associated with it.  I have developed some amazing new friends over the past year related to my activity on Twitter and truthfully, it has changed my life.  No matter how stressed out I am about my job, my finances or my life in general, talking about beer makes it all better.  In some ways I think it has even made me feel young again.

This morning I had to face the fact that I am no longer employed and I would be lying if I said I am not devastated.  I love what I do and I am good at it but that is not always enough at the end of the day.  I will not bore anyone the details but the past year of work has been pretty difficult.  A bad economy often brings out the worst in an organization and that was certainly the case in my humble opinion.  Two people I loved and admired were casualties close to a year ago.  The writing was on the wall then.   My only regret is not looking for other opportunities during the past year.  I was being eternally optimistic and convincing myself that things would get better and I never stopped giving my job everything I had.  Lesson learned…

My mother always told me everything happens for a reason and remembering her words today is what is keeping me from falling apart.  It’s been years since my parents passed away but boy am I thankful to have the strong memories of their wisdom.  I have spent the past few hours thinking about all the things they would say to help me through difficult events.  Both parents told me countless times that when one door closes, another one opens.  Be it a boyfriend breaking up with me or having to give up a sport because of injury; my parents prompted me to buck up and move forward by uttering those words.

With every year of age, the closing doors seem to slam a little more harshly and recovering can sometimes take a while.  I am a person who always maps out worst case scenarios and while doing that today I realized that most of the “stuff” I have is nothing more than just that.  I don’t need stuff and maybe this is my wake-up call to adjust my priorities.  I have longed for something more meaningful in my life for a long time and maybe this is that time.

Suffice it to say I will be going through a tough period for a little while but hopefully that new door will open very soon.  Maybe it will even be an opportunity to do something in the craft beer industry.  Just writing that sentence brought a smile to my face.  I think I will write it one million times on paper so that I believe it to be true 🙂

To those that follow me on Twitter and have taken the time to read this post, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Please send good thoughts my way.


12 responses to “When One Door Closes Another One Opens…

  1. Aww Taylor! I’ve only known you .. like 2 weeks. But in that short amount of time, it’s painstakingly apparent that you are absolutely amazing! And everything does happen for a reason. One step in front of the other, keep your head up, and break out something special to sip tonight, if you don’t have anything special I’ll send ya something special! If there is anything I or Mutineer can do for you, don’t hesitate to ask.


  2. I’m really sorry to hear this. I have been in this boat since March now. I am thankful that I have been able to freelance and somewhat get by and yet have some small moments of happiness when I’m able to save enough to get tix for a show or festival.
    Please let me know if there is something I can do. I too am hoping to get involved in the industry myself. I don’t know how but I do have hopes to.

    Warm thoughts,

  3. I’ll keep my eyes open for you! My company is more IT but I share your thoughts in seeking out the craft beer industry. Stone has 2 assistant brewer positions open!

  4. You are one person I know will percevere through all this. You are too confident, too intelligent and too crafty not to bounce back.

    You have become so much apart of my beer experience and an incredible friend too. You need only ask me for something and it is yours. What ever I can do to help.

  5. Best of luck and please keep us updated.

  6. Taylor –

    So sorry to hear about this. In the short time that we have gotten to know each other over twitter, I have seen how great you are, and you will forever be a friend of New Brew Thursday, and one of the key components of its success. For that I am eternally grateful.

    I know you are destined to do great things, and I know you will come out of this, but we are here for you during this hard time.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear this. THe timing is awful not that these things ever happen conveniently. You are an intelligent, caring person, who WILL land on their feet. Any company would be stupid not to hire you. I’m glad you’ve already decided to take a zen like positive view of the situation. Good Luck

  8. My thoughts are with you…I do hope it’s possible for you to look at it as an opportunity to follow your passions…

  9. I went through the very same thing earlier this year. At the time I was pissed and upset and felt betrayed. But, the time off gave me time to think about what my position is in this life and what I want to do with it. I had an epiphany which led me to the path I am on now of opening up my own brewery. With the time I had off I took a look around and found an incredible opportunity for an emerging brewery in my home town. All I can say is enjoy the time you have off the best you can. Opportunities are always out there, just keep your eyes open.

  10. Hey Taylor,

    I just want to wish you the best of luck. Keep up the great Tweets and blog posts. I haven’t been following your blog long, but I have really enjoyed what I have read. You can tell by your writing that you are truly passionate about good beer.

    Good things happen to good people.


  11. I got canned twice in two years. In retrospect I spend the time in an Alfred E. Neuman haze. I didn’t worry and things worked out nicely. Now I’m in business for myself and good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise I’ll continue to make the mortgage.

    You seem to have what it takes to be just fine. Your folks were right, things go a certain way for a reason, you didn’t look for a reason. The new door that opens will be amazing.

  12. Good blogpost, amazing looking website, added it to my favs!

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