Hello… can you believe it's been a year?
It’s been a year since my devastating news that Canvas Corp terminated my three -year employment contract, 2 years early. A full year of growth and perspective. Moving forward and attaining happiness has been my goal the past year since my shocking news. I started by moving my kids and myself closer to Denver last summer, hoping to increase my chances of finding a good stable job, starting a new life in a new town and being closer to my family. I continue to search for a job on a daily basis however putting my kids and my life inspirations first.
To bring everyone up to speed in the life of being an Ex Tattered Angel… my post starts with looking back and remembering the shock and pain that caused me to withdraw from the industry. I sought out advice from friends and multiple attorneys, about my situation. Time after time I was informed I had a great chance of winning a lawsuit against Canvas Corp for wrongful termination of my contract. But in the end it was going to be too costly to move forward and not knowing if I would ever see any money from a company that was, what I believe, financially struggling. With this unfortunate advice I decided I would move forward and cut the umbilical cord to my life’s work and a company that I had such a close personal connection to. It was a crushing task but at the same time refreshing to declare my defeat and move forward in hopes of finding a good stable job.
As many people in the current economy today know already, looking for a job is no easy task. After being a business owner most of my adult life I was in shock with how the process has changed when looking for a new career. Gone are the days of walk in hand written applications, lol showing my age in that statement? I started my search, as many have, and countless hours online submitting applications, cover letters and opening statements, all this work and time staring at a computer screen to rarely get any kind of response.
I truly believe in helping small business’ thrive and get started off on the right foot, and finally took a job as a business consultant working with a firm out of Chicago. Wow, did I drink in a ton of information and was shocked at all the mistakes I made with Tattered Angels. Many business owners today are on the same path and are making the same mistakes. As this position was amazingly educational, it ended up not being the right company for my current needs financially.
When I hit my one-year anniversary of being officially removed from my own company, I decided I needed to get back to my roots as a woman in the crafting industry and my love for throwing paint on an art project. I have not actually created one project or anything crafty since that horrible day. I’ve realized now I need paint to be creative. In all my realizations, I once again needed to get out from underneath the Canvas Corp black cloud. It’s called a non-compete black cloud. Yes! As many have already asked, how can this be? As it turned out, my contract was drafted for the benefit of Canvas Corps needs, not mine. Even though my contract was terminated I am still liable to up hold the non-compete part of my contract, Sigh!!!
So next step… Plead my case with Canvas Corp and hope they will find my request reasonable to seek employment with in the industry and with other paint manufacturers. I sent an email and I waited 4 long weeks to get a response from Canvas Corp and their “council.” Only to be told that I am welcome to seek employment in the industry as long as I uphold the non-compete part of my contract. In other words, if the company sells paint I cannot approach them.
LOL… in today’s art market, who is not selling a competitive paint?
So… my adventure continues, searching for my happy place. I am looking forward to getting my blog up and running again, making new friends and reconnecting with old friends in the creative industry. I have the very large task to get my craft room set up in my new home.
Time to find some paint and splash it on a canvas.
STAY TUNED... this year is going to be great!