Hello blog, nice to see you again!
It’s been a busy year – which seems a strange thing to say when I’ve technically been out of work since the end of April – and there’s lot’s to catch up on. Here’s a brief summary:
- Left the mountains behind
- Turned down a job offer and left Kent
- Interview, job offer and potential move to a remote part of Scotland
- Reunited with brother after 8 years
- Trip to China – learnt a bit of the language, learnt a lot about the food
- Discovered KTV – it turns out I love Karaoke as long as I can sing Disney songs!
- Desires – both to travel and to learn a language – reignited
- Rediscovered Shanghai after a 12 year absence (yes, had a brief stint living there during the SARS crisis, but that’s another story)
- Joined a new group at church and made a whole new bunch of awesome friends
- First time not working (and looking for work) ever in my lifetime
- First experiences with the benefits system – thank the Lord it exists! (Even though it’s a faff, I’m incredibly grateful it’s there!)
- 12+ CVs, 40+ job applications, 3+ interviews
- Lost a family member far far FAR too young – our own gentle giant
- Date, nothing, date, nothing…
- First paid ski instructor job where I somehow end up losing money rather than earning
- 2 new additions to our household (kittens, not babies)
- Learnt to make bread (flat x2 and wholemeal x1) and learnt to make yoghurt
- Rediscovered my love for the humble bicycle
- Started building a new website (coming soon – very different to this one)
- Hurt my knee while instructing – mystery ligament injury
- Haven’t had an income since last October. 11 months
- Been blown away by miraculous unexpected provision and by the generosity of friends
And here we are.
I write this from Jersey, where I’m currently taking a respite from the pressures of being longish-term unemployed, spending time with family and allowing my creativity to flow a little.
Since arriving 2 days ago, I’ve had a meeting about two potential short term jobs in the corporate sector and come up with 3+ new creative business ideas.
I have no idea what’s next for me. It’s like I’m surrounded by doors at the moment and I don’t even know which one to push, let alone which one to walk through. But what’s clear is that I needed this time, this space. Sometimes the most important thing we can DO is simply to BE.