Falling into place

Friday, July 17, 2015 Permalink

Although part of me is nervous about speaking too soon, I’m relieved to say that things seem to be finally falling into place.

I’ve talked a bit here about my experiences since finishing full time work with the government (three years ago in September) and making my seachange. I have absolutely no regrets about my decision but it’s been a lot harder than I expected to find work.

I didn’t expect (nor did I plan) to find the sort of job here I had before. I was on a good wicket in my old life (though I’m not sure I always realised it)… a good income and using my skills and qualifications in executive liaison and project manager roles in government. I’d done a lot of different things over the previous 20 years, lived in a few different countries and met a lot of great people.

But I wasn’t happy. For a myriad of reasons. Hence the move.

Mortgage-free for the first time in over a decade, I decided to spend my days writing and try to find a job (any job) to pay the bills. I assumed temp jobs would perhaps be an option or something part-time.

However… it’s proved much harder than I expected to earn a living. Mostly I’ve been over-qualified and I’m not saying that in an arrogant, I’m-too-good-for-this-shit way. While there are some things I don’t want to do (I’m really not cut out to be a waitress for eg), I’ve approached my post office about sorting mail and put my name down to be a driver for the home doctor visiting service.

jaymantri beach - give up

Earlier this year finding a job seemed improbably so I decided to try to do some freelancing locally and pimped myself out at a few business drinks and sent unanswered emails to a dozen or so local organisations—suggesting I could write their online / website content or email newsletters. The deafening silence has been depressing. Plus selling myself leaves a nasty taste in my mouth… it’s just not for me.

And out of the blue a company I’d done some work for asked if I’d do (up to) a day per week project management work for them. It’s a type of work I thought I’d left behind, but something I’m more than happy to do because their work is interesting and I enjoy working with the team and appreciate their informal environment.

And, almost at the same time I found out about some administration work going with a local health-related service. It’ll be intermittent for a while, but that’s okay as it might pick up down the track.

I’m not going to be going on any overseas (or even) interstate trips soon, but I’m excited that I’m not going to be dependent on government hand-outs in the long term. It’s demoralising and has been worrying me for some time.

I apologise for the over-share. But I’m excited. And hopeful. For a change.

I hope the good fortune continues and I can again earn enough money to live on and… I look forward to ditching any plans to do paid writing for other companies. I’m going to focus my attention on pitching my own work to magazines and websites; my blogging; and my partially-written novels and hope the work I’m starting takes care of the rest.

Do you find good things happen all at once?

Very belatedly linking up to flog by blog With Some Grace.

Image in post from jaymantri.com (with some added words for extra nourishment). 

44 Comments
  • Vanessa
    July 17, 2015

    I totally get this.

    • Debbish
      July 17, 2015

      Yep… I can imagine Vanessa. It’s hard isn’t it. I guess I’m lucky that I’m older and on the downhill stretch!

  • Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
    July 17, 2015

    That’s great news, congrats!
    Love when everything falls into place 🙂

  • Min (@riteofthemiddle)
    July 17, 2015

    I’m so happy for you Deb! Little things lead to bigger things. You’ll be ok. Things will all come together as they are meant to. I know exactly how you’re feeling but I won’t go into my story!

    • Debbish
      July 17, 2015

      Yes I hope so. Am looking forward to it. I’ve started the project management stuff and I know the guys so that’s great, but am looking forward to starting the other gig tomorrow.

  • Sharmila
    July 17, 2015

    Congrats Deb! Very happy for you!

    • Debbish
      July 17, 2015

      Thanks Sharmila. The admin gig is equivalent to an AO2 rate but that’s fine. I’d much prefer to work in the environment I’ll be in than a government office! 🙂 Plus my boss seems nice and I’m sure I’ll meet some other nice people.

  • Jo
    July 17, 2015

    Reading this brought a big smile to my face.

    • Debbish
      July 17, 2015

      Me too. Had call for the admin thing to come in tomorrow and was hugely excited.

  • Red Iza
    July 17, 2015

    I’m happy for you, congrats, Deb 😀 !

  • Niki @ Wonderfully Women
    July 17, 2015

    Finger crossed things keep getting better and better. xx N

  • Mystery Case
    July 17, 2015

    Super excited for you and hoping it is a sign of things to come.

  • Jess
    July 17, 2015

    Oh yay this is awesome! Glad to hear it is how it is falling into place! Very exciting!

    • Debbish
      July 17, 2015

      Thanks Jess. It’ll take some time, but I’m excited things are slowly changing!

  • Amy Andrews
    July 17, 2015

    Congrats, Deb!
    Great news.

  • Lara at This Charming Mum
    July 17, 2015

    You never have to apologise for over-sharing when you’re talking to other bloggers! It’s great when things fall into place like that. Glad your patience and persistence paid off 🙂

    • Debbish
      July 17, 2015

      Ah yes… I’m always a bit worried that real-life friends may visit as well though! 😉

  • mammarajsays
    July 17, 2015

    You go girl! It is funny how the universal finally decides to give you a break and it all happens. Sounds like just in the nick of time! Great news and exciting things to come!

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    July 17, 2015

    Yes! When you’re on a roll you’re on a roll! Yipeeee!

    • Debbish
      July 17, 2015

      Here’s hoping good things come in fifties! 🙂

  • MyBlissPoint
    July 17, 2015

    Wonderful! I do also find the good sort of all roles in at once. Congratulations!

  • Michelle@myslowlivingadventure
    July 18, 2015

    Sounds like things are really starting to fall into place Deb. That’s fantastic.

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    July 18, 2015

    Such great news, Deb! I love it when a plan comes together. Onwards and upwards x

    • Debbish
      July 18, 2015

      Most definitely onwards and upwards Sammie!

  • Char
    July 18, 2015

    So great to hear. I’m happy for you 🙂

  • Tiff
    July 18, 2015

    Great news Deb, you deserve a break! I look forward to hearing progress reports!!

  • danielaark
    July 19, 2015

    Congrat! Whoooohoooo! Happy for you Debbie. Even happier to hear you will continue to write, especially your novel 🙂

    • Debbish
      July 19, 2015

      And I’ve told you a bit about it in the interview questions I’ve completed for you Daniela. If you ever get to read it I’m sure you’ll be disappointed!

  • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    July 20, 2015

    Congratulations! I can imagine how tough it is with jobs so scarce. I’m glad it looks like things are picking up.

  • Teddyree
    July 20, 2015

    Woohoo I’m so happy for you Deb and yes I think good things invite more good things … you’ll probably be swamped lol

    • Debbish
      July 20, 2015

      I hope so. The amount of time I’ll be in the part-time job is a little uncertain and may only be a half-day a week at this stage, but we’ll see.

  • mamagrace71
    July 21, 2015

    Congratulations, Deb! This is fantastic news. When it rains, it sure does pour. The wheels are certainly in motion now. Can’t wait to hear more x

    • Debbish
      July 21, 2015

      Thanks Grace… I certainly hope so!

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