I must confess…one year since I left work
I must confess it’s now been one full year since I last walked out of my workplace.
I know, it feels like yesterday that I embarked on my working from home career, doesn’t it?
On September 26, 2014, I finished up at 12 noon, and like all good public servants, I ended up spending the rest of the day at the pub. You’ll have to read Nathan’s account of what happened next as I still don’t remember much!
It’s also been one year since I was last drunk and a year since my last hangover. And what a hangover it was…
It’s been a huge 12 months. My life is never quiet which is pretty fortuitous for me as a blogger. But it would be nice to live a somewhat less eventful existence, even if only for a little while.
In the last year I’ve:
- accepted a redundancy and walked away from a job that I loved but a job that was not kind to my health
- struggled with the transition to working from home after 20 years in the workplace
- welcomed our beloved pugs, Evie and Mandie, into our home
- supported Mum and Dad through Dad’s cancer diagnosis and surgery
- sad goodbye to my Dad’s voice and learned about stomas, HMEs, cassettes and lary/trachy tubes
- tried camping with the family and survived the great Harrington storm of 2015
- taken the holiday of a lifetime to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida
- enjoyed cruising the Caribbean – very much enjoyed cruising the Caribbean
- learned about the ins and outs of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, oncology specialists and palliative care
- entered my first writing competition (I didn’t get anywhere with it but it’s a start)
- completed a copywriting and professional business writing course through the AWC
- helped my son raise awareness of albinism
- watched my Dad decline and eventually succumb to his cancer
- grieved for his loss as well as for my Mum and my brother’s pain too
- had to comfort my kids through the loss of their first grandparent
- learned to run and completed my first parkrun event
- got back into tennis and re-discovered my love of exercise
- ruptured my ACL – my first ever serious sports-related injury
- turned 40 and managed to celebrate without suffering a hangover
- attended ProBlogger Event on the Gold Coast and enjoyed a weekend away with my husband
- launched my own business, Double Scoop, and started working with clients
- underwent surgery to reconstruct my ACL
- been introduced to physio and have begun rehabilitation for my knee
By anyone’s standards, that’s been a big year.
And I guess that’s why it seems like the year has flown for me. There hasn’t been the opportunity to stop and rest and reflect. There has always been something happening – never any time to have a break between crises or life events.
Looking back, it was right to leave work, on so many levels. I have never been healthier or more content. I do like working from home, despite my struggles with focus and direction. I love being there for the kids and not having to stress about fitting it all in.
It was an amazing experience to take our kids overseas and give them the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World. It was THE best experience of our life and such a special time with our family – that would not have been possible without my redundancy.
Given the impact of my Dad’s illness from December through to June, I would not have been the most attentive or present worker had I still been employed. I will always be grateful for the chance to be there for Mum and Dad during the period they needed me most. It was a privilege to be there for his appointments and treatment and to spend so much time with him during his last months.
I’m looking forward to the future. To the next year. I want to continue to stay at home. I want to build my business. I want to strengthen my knee and get back into driving and exercise. I want to take back control of my house and my family life. I want some continuity. I want to find some peace.
I wonder what things will look like a year from now?
What were you doing one year ago? Have you also had a memorable year?
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