So, 2017 has been “interesting” to say the least ..
Things were ticking along, we (James and I) were coming up to our 10 anniversary and decided to
test celebrate our marriage by finding a project that we would work on together (that project would eventually be a van named Colin). We managed to not kill each other and put a lot of time, money and effort into making Colin into the cutest wee day camper you ever did see.
And then I lost my job ..
And we’d just about cleaned out our entire savings by purchasing and refurbishing Colin ..
Like I said, earlier, these have been very “interesting” times.
After a day of wallowing and wondering “wtf am I going to do?!?”
We sat the kids down and explained that because Mum didn’t have a job we’d all have to give up the things we “want”, so that we could continue to provide the things that they need. They were both OK forgoing treats and their usual after school activities and both would bring me piles of things from their bedrooms that I could sell to earn money.
From day one my “new job” became selling off anything that I didn’t want, no longer fit or just didn’t use anymore (to bring in some cash) and job hunting. I’d get up at stupid o’clock (as per normal), work out (as per normal) and then settle in for the day, listing items on trade me and sending my CV to prospective employers before picking up the kids from school.
I managed to sell off enough things (thanks Trade Me) to set aside enough money to see us through 7 weeks of unemployment but I’m not going to lie, I was worried, but more importantly I had faith. I’ve always held the belief that everything happens for a reason and when one door closes it’s because it’s time to go through a new one, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I hadn’t been to a job interview in over a decade, I had no idea how long it would take to find a new role.
As it turns out – 8 days!
That’s all it took to find not only the PERFECT job but perhaps more importantly to realise;
- Family ALWAYS have your back.
- You probably have WAY more shit in your house than you use/need.
- Always be grateful for what you have because someday you may have less.
Till next time