Welcome to my new life. Today is day one of my redundancy life. Technically, I was made redundant on Thursday. However, Friday is my non-work day so it didn’t feel different. Today it’s Monday, it’s after 9 am, I’m at home and alone. The beginning.
Right now, I am pleased to have a bit of space, I have a huge list of projects to tackle. As a working mother, 4 days a week often left little or no time for catch up, I’m seeing this as an opportunity to get ahead of myself, rather than the usual chasing my tail. The last few weeks have been bewildering and at times toxic, since Thursday my shoulders have slowly unknotted. Today, I feel relaxed and positive. I do have significant concerns about getting another job in the voluntary sector in the current climate, but now it’s about some ‘stepping off’ time. I’m going to let the world whizz pass for a bit and spend more time with my small boy, because that makes life good.
This blog has been a great space of retreat over the last few weeks, a rock in choppy seas. But I don’t feel massively happy with it, I can’t put my finger on why but that may reveal itself or it may not and I may just continuing venting in my usual style.
This is as far as I’ve got with a plan, any further tips, gratefully received.
1. I cannot enter Waitrose
2. Shopping is basics only, anything else is strictly off limits
3. I cannot enter shopping malls or large shopping areas (I may tag myself to prevent this)
4. Walk don’t drive
5. This is an opportunity for exercise (apart from ‘walk don’t drive’)
6. Learn to make curry (see no. 1)
7. Ebay is, once again, my new BF
8. Do not get distracted by day-time jollies (lunches/cupas/cakes)
9. Create a job search plan
10.Redundancy isn’t personal
To be honest, I’m having no issues with no. 10, I was one of a group of 7, other’s will follow, but it’s a good reminder, especially if the job search does not bear fresh fruit. ‘Basics’ is something that I may end up having lengthy conversations with myself as to what constitutes ‘basics’, it’s a goal and a bank statement is a sobering reminder of the relevance of ‘basics’.
Now for some tea, toast and unload the washing machine, ring the job centre. Life goes on.