How being made redundant changed my life. A little update.

As I write this, I’m sat on a train heading for Cardiff.  I’ve never been before, so I’m really excited – although the train I’m on resembles an empty tin can, so I’m not actually convinced I’ll make it! And the complete lack of plug sockets/secure wifi is highly unnerving…

7 months ago, I received the news that I was to be made redundant from the post I loved, a post I had worked hard on to build up. In highly uncertain times, it was crushing blow and the thought of leaving my work ‘family’ was enough to break my heart.

I cried a lot. I got angry a lot. Until eventually I had to face it and start to look for other options. I hurriedly applied for anything and everything, even jobs I knew I would hate, just so that I could make a plan.

I wasn’t sure I would bounce back until eventually – I did!

Interview after interview passed until I eventually got offered a post, ironically this was the one I really wanted!!

I said goodbye to my old life and moved on to pastures new, unsure what was coming or how I’d cope.

However two months later here I am, I still have ups and downs and some days its a real struggle to get out of bed. But here are two of the biggest things I’ve achieved since getting my new post, things which when I heard the news of my redundancy seemed miles away!

  • I’ve got myself a part time flat, me – living on my own!! Who would have thought it, but I love it. My own little space to relax at the end of the day. That spectacular sunset featured above is the view from my bedroom and it makes me feel amazing just looking at it.
  • A new found sense of driving confidence – before I moved jobs I never went on the motorway, now I do 3 motorways twice a day with ease! More importantly its opened up a whole new world of adventures for me as I just hop on the motorway to wherever I fancy!

I guess the point behind this post is just to say that, when I heard about my redundancy my whole world felt like it had slowed to a halt. But I can honestly say – even if this job doesn’t work out, which I guess you never know – that being made redundant was one of the best things that happened to me.

Unfortunately bad things happen to all of us, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel, even if it takes a few months to find it.

So for now, I’m going to rattle on down to Cardiff ready for a conference, with a backpack filled with notes, plans and highlighter (Just because its a conference doesn’t mean you don’t wanna slay) and see what the next few months have in store for me.

With a strong belief that everything will be okay.

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