This week, the kids finally went back to school. I had a few days respite from roasting chickens to sustain Son 1 and Son 2 and I had the house to myself for a few days, but motivation has been lacking and it has been a tough time for this Career Changer.
Reader, I had a birthday….
It came hurtling by last weekend when I wasn’t looking, knocked me off my feet and left me feeling very wobbly indeed. I was clearly unprepared for this particular birthday and have been left with an uneasy feeling that time is running out. I am shocked by the realisation that it is now a year since I returned from a fantastic trip to Costa Rica – significant because it was this trip that was partly to blame for my reevaluation of my life. Costa Rica is the happiest nation on the planet and visiting this Garden of Eden when your own life is a misery obviously has life-changing implications….
In an effort to keep the focus, here are the good bits.
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Nothing like a school holiday to slow down a Career Changer. The last week has been a bit of a struggle and at times I have questioned my decision to give up my old life and start again. Time for a bit of Monday Motivation to help remember why I am doing this!
So, the kids have two weeks off. My older kids are fettered to their desks supposedly doing revision, but frankly how would I know if they are? A teenager’s bedroom has so many electronic gadgets and communication tools that it is perfectly feasible that they are spending 8 hours a day Snapchatting their mates or watching pointless You Tube videos. I have been de-friended from their Facebook profiles (nothing personal they tell me, just that now I won’t be able to see when they are online…oh that’s OK then). Son 3 is the opposite, needing constant entertainment and interaction with other kids. Any gaps in this entertainment-fest result in him repeatedly wailing ‘Who is going to plaaay with meeeee?!’
For a freelancer this is bad news all round. I managed a few blocks of time last week to do some work – Son 3 at a play date, cup of coffee on my desk, switch on my laptop only to have Son 1 appear for one of his meals or snacks (when he is not Snapchatting he is eating). Slamming around in my office (err kitchen) and trying to squeeze a whole roast chicken between two slices of bread.
BUT, the sun is shining, I still don’t use an alarm clock and here is my wrap up of all the good things that have been going on. Continue Reading →
During this career change project of mine, I sometimes find Mondays a little strange. In my previous life in the Corporate world, I suffered badly from The Sunday Night Blues – which often started as early as breakfast on a Sunday, I rarely managed to get to sleep on a Sunday night and when I did finally drift off it was a restless series of duvet-thrashing naps. Lists running through my head of all the things I hadn’t managed to get done over the weekend, and the overwhelming feeling that yet another long, miserable week was just beginning.
In my new life, the impending arrival of Monday is less traumatic, but also less significant. I have chosen Monday to be one of my freelance work days, but I want to avoid Monday becoming just another work day. I have found some great blogs recently and have been inspired by Workerbeefree’s inspiring Friday Fess-up reflecting on her week as a Career Pioneer, and also by the lovely 3childrenandit’s Friday Favourites, so I am choosing Monday to be my Motivation Day – the day that I reflect on the highlights of the previous week, to spur me on to keep trying new things and meeting new people.
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