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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.