After a two week break from reading and posting I’m back. I hope you all had a great xmas and new year. I’ve started catching up with blog reading – I’m going alphabetically, and am in the D’s at the moment. So if I haven’t visited you yet, I’ll get to you this week sometime.
For my first post this year, I thought I’d look back on 2012 as it saw some big changes in my life.
2012 started off bright and shiny. I’d made the decision that I hated my job and I was going to leave at the end of my contract so I had lots of plans to jump into job hunting in Jan. a few weeks in and my confidence was shaky. I was starting to realise how many doors my last job had closed to me, so I changed my focus on the job applications.
Then I got news that Granny was dying. She was the one person in this world who loves me and whom I love. She’s always been a constant in my life and the thought of losing her really shook me. So I quickly made plans to fly out to NZ to spend a week with her before she got too sick.
Plans made, I got a job interview about a week before I was due to fly out. Luckily I was able to take a day off to go, but I really screwed up the interview. But the group leader was away on business so I had a phone interview with him the morning I was flying out to NZ. He liked me and that helped but I put it out of my head and jumped on a plane.
I had a great week in NZ. It was so good to spend time with my cousins and get to know them as adults. I spent a lot of time with Granny which meant so much, but was heart breaking as she was really sick. Saying goodbye to her at the end of the week almost killed me. A week after I got home I was able to call her and tell her I’d gotten the job. She was so happy, and I’m so grateful I had the chance to tell her. This was the last time I spoke to her, as she went downhill pretty fast.
Just one month after my trip to NZ I was flying back for Granny’s funeral. It was so good to see everyone. All of her children and their partners and all of her grandchildren were there. As well as one of her nieces. We had a great day camping out at a local drinking hole (the casual NZ kind) after her funeral, catching up with people we hadn’t seen in years.
Back to the UK and dealing with finishing up a lot of work before moving to England at the beginning of June. It was hectic!
I quickly settled in to my new job and small town life. The best thing about this move was that I was losing the stupid work hours and finally going to be able to get a life. The second best thing about this move is that a friend of mine lives just half an hour down the road
After a bumpy little start in my new job where I started wondering if maybe I’d done the wrong thing, I was given more freedom at work and started to really enjoy my job. And with the work hours being reduced by an average of 20-30 hours a week, all of a sudden I had lots of time. Time to knit and sew and socialise and generally start trying to get a work-life balance. For the very first time in my adult life.
Then, just as I got to the end of my six months probabtion at work, I was given the job of managing a project. I get to spec it, plan it, work out who I need to do what and what deliverables will be done by when, and then oversee the project to completion. This is a great opportunity for me, I really didn’t think that I would get this chance for another 6-12 months. If I pull it off, this is my career back on track after the backwards step it took during last 4 years.
And as the year was drawing to a close, a very good friend of mine came to London for a few days with her husband before heading off to Scandinavia. This is someone who really knows me and it was so good to see her and spend a day with them. I didn’t realise how much I needed it until after the visit. I’d been feeling down, missing Granny and feeling really alone for the first time. But after a fun day in London catching up, not so much anymore.
So there you have it. For me 2012 was a roller coaster year, and I must admit I was pleased to see the end of it. There was heart break but also new beginnings and some resolutions to change my life. Some which I’ve managed to fulfil, some which are still works in progress. And now I’m looking on this new year, full of hope.