Wow! already one month into 2020!
Time flies when you are not working. I have been detoxing from my last job, met up with my old work colleague (who also left at the same time as me – says a lot about the place!). We both felt that the weight had been released from our shoulders and feel better for not being there.
I spent last month getting out and about, cycling and walking and basically trying to rid myself of the stresses and anxiety that the last job caused. I am reaping the benefit of more exercise already as my energy levels are returning and I feel healthier and sleeping well. I need to learn some emotional resilience as I shouldn’t have let the role get to me as much as it did. When I review it, it was a bad fit and not the right workplace for me but I achieved my goals. I was stubborn and should have relented but didn’t want to feel like a failure, I wanted to achieve my goals before I left. My inner voice is too harsh on me.
Anyhow, I have a fixed budget to stick to and I have over spent for January – DOH!, mainly because I had to pay my tax bill (expected) and unexpected spend on house repairs. As long as I can recoup this in future months I should be able to stay on budget for the year.
My monthly expenses have gone down too, less travel costs (no work commute) and surprisingly lower food bills. This is because I am being more savvy with my meal planning and not buying lunch items specifically for work. So if these continue in future months I should be able to get back on track. I have been making my own bread too! Yay! something on my wish list. It is working out well as it has saved me money already and I get the enjoyment of know exactly what is going into it.
I have also started other house DIY projects – I plan to re-paint the kitchen and sort a few other parts of the house out and do a BIG declutter. When I was working, I just let things lie, putting stuff off as I was too tired to get cracking on the tasks as they seemed daunting. When I was working, I just wanted to go out and do something different in my leisure time, ignoring the things that needed doing in the house. Now I have the time, I have no excuses and have the time to do these jobs, nothing to get in my way.
I actually ended the month feeling happy! Now, I haven’t said that for a while.
I have a few recruitment agents contacting me about jobs but at the moment none of the roles interest me. I am in no hurry to rejoin the treadmill and am taking the time to be more selective, it would be great to find a job that fits this time. I just wonder if I am seeking something that doesn’t exist….?