Today I have been paid the full amount I was owed--April, May, June, and even July.
It took more emails and texts than was necessary, and I even contacted an attorney to find out what my legal options were. But before I made that move, I decided I had nothing to lose and emailed the head honcho of the company directly. It led to a not totally comfortable Zoom meeting with the head honcho and the office manager (who I had emailed a ton and who had been unable to get anything done until this point).
I'm not sure what the problem was or why it took so long to get resolved, but it stressed me the heck out and made me feel devalued.
I don't wish them ill, but I don't want to be part of their chaos.
And so now, I'm reshuffling and reevaluating and maybe this is good even though nobody likes to feel like the carpet has been pulled out from under them. I just figured out that this part-time work I did made up about 24% of my total income so it's not nothing.
Maybe this empty spot will fill with something I hadn't planned but that ends up being something great.
I don't believe that humans are puppets on a god string or that god moves things in certain ways. But I do think that humans are very good at making meaning.
And so I will make meaning from this.