Friday, December 18, 2009

A huge sigh of relief

I've just about worked the last few days of my current job. A job which has, for the past two years, taken over most of my life, driven me nuts, given me huge lows and (one or two) wonderful highs.

Instead, I get a new job, three days a week. No weekends, no evenings, no 12 hour days. No managing, no budgets, no income targets. Same employer. It's only a 13 month contract, so at the end of Jan 2011, I may well be out of a job, but I will be (relatively) sane, having had a year or so of a 'breather'. More time to blog, to garden, to be what I want to be, rather than see myself becoming something I don't like, something hard. A weight is slipping off my shoulders.

So here's to 2010.

I might now even have a chance to visit other people's blogs again.

17 comments:

Clare Dudman said...

Sounds good! Life's too short to give it all away. I did something similar a while ago and never regretted it.

Arabella Sock said...

Sounds good to me too! If I could live life again I would not waste time on things I hated no matter what the consequences.

Julia said...

Good luck! Glad this change of job is giving you time to do the things you enjoy. :)

easygardener said...

It sounds like you have a new lease of life. Good luck with that!

Carol said...

Time is a precious thing ... sounds great that you have figured out a way to have more time for yourself. Best of luck with your new job.

HappyMouffetard said...

Thank you. Yes, it feels like a new life.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Congratulations! Your timing is perfect: into the new year with a new job!

fairegarden said...

We welcome you back with open arms, Happy! Life is too short to spend a minute doing something you hate so much, especially if it was turning you into someone who you are not! We look forward to reading more posts more frequently authored by your happy fingers.
Frances

patientgardener said...

That sounds great it is really important to enjoy your work, we spend so much time doing it!

Joanne said...

Thats so important to find a good balance in your life with gardening and blogging your top priorities.

Hope your new job works out well for you.

VP said...

That sounds like the best Christmas present you could wish for :)

You'll be amazed at what can still be achieved in fewer hours because you're more focused on what has to be done and you have plenty of breathing space in between.

Looking forward to seeing more of you on here in the New Year!

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Such wonderful news and here's hoping that your contract will be renewed new year.

Enjoy your new and more relaxed life!

chaiselongue said...

Sounds like a great idea - a better work-life balance. We moved to the Languedoc for this and I can definitely recommend a 3-day week. Looking forward to your having more time to blog! Beautiful frosty seedhead.

Anna said...

A great way to start a new year HM :)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Work to live, not live to work. I wish you well on your new venture.

Lucy Corrander said...

Best wishes in your new phase.

You have found a star to start you off. Isn't it lovely!

Lucy

elizabethm said...

So much good luck to you! I had a job like that, perhaps more incredible highs but at a huge cost in terms of eating all my time and energy. I turned my back on it in April. What sort of fool puts their notice in during a recession. So far I have had several glorious months of doing just what I want and not being paid. Not sure how long the money will hold out and still get the occasional attack of panic, but this is utterly the right decision for me. Yours sounds the perfect answer.