Almost exactly 8 months ago I shared with the universe (well, those bored enough to read this blog) my plans for world domination (aka, what I was planning to do after finishing work later that month). You may recall I suspected the redundancy was coming and, by the end, was very zen about the news.
I’ve caught up with some old friends and family recently and had the inevitable question… “How is everything going?” Or more to the point, “How are you enjoying your new life?”
I must confess that today I’ve been feeling particularly low, but vanilla diet coke consumed, decided that I’d take the time to check-in on how I’m tracking against the plans I made last September.
1. I’m leaving Brisbane
I was worried about being able to sell my old property, and stressed about the idea of having it on the market. Amazingly it sold within a week or so (although I then had the inevitable 2-3 week wait for the buyer’s building and finance approvals).
The verdict: A+
2. I’m literally pursuing a sea change
hoped planned, I bought a lovely seaside apartment and moved to the ‘sleepy beachside town’ of Hervey Bay, about half an hour from my childhood hometown, and about 350km from my former home in Brisbane. I LOVE my apartment. My views are stellar and, after some recent rearranging, it finally it feels like home.
The verdict: A+
3. I’m going to do some writing
I’ve kept up my blogging, although struggled with the concept of sponsored posts (wondering if I’m a sell-out) and felt like just another in an endless supply of those jumping on the blogging bandwagon.
I’ve been fortunate to earn some money from my sponsored posts and have been enjoying some paid ghost-blogging opportunities (writing for someone else’s blog), but… am yet to actually approach people and organisations for business. I’ve registered my business name and am attending local business networking functions where there’s been some interest in ‘what I do’, but I’m yet to follow through or do the ‘hard sell’.
Similarly, I’ve had ideas for magazine articles but not been brave enough to pitch them. And indeed just recently… I struggled with my confidence before finally entering a local writing competition.
The verdict: C
4. I’m going to focus on my health and fitness
Oops. On arriving I attempted to join a local gym. I continued Zumba classes and wanted to step up my exercise, before falling in a big heap.
Naturally that coincided with some less-than-healthy eating habits which all resulted in 10-15kg weight gain in a pretty short time.
I am however, now trying to rein in that behavior and have – as hoped – found that a more contented me means I’m less inclined to overeat, or worse, binge-eat.
The verdict: D-
5. I’ll find something to pay the bills
I’m currently stuck on this one. I’ve started applying for jobs but got TWO rejection emails (in the one bloody day!) yesterday – hence my meh-ness today. Both jobs were at levels significantly lower than that which I used to work. I submitted another two applications this week (also for government jobs) and have put in a few applications for work in the private sector. I’d love something writing / marketing / media-related, but am otherwise happy to do almost anything (and am applying for low-level admin jobs). I only want something for a couple of days a week.
On a positive note, I finished work seven months ago and have managed to support myself since then (without resorting to unemployment benefits or maxing out my credit card). In fact, if some of my expenses weren’t so exhorbitant ($8500/yr Body Corporate bill, I’m looking at you!) I could last quite a bit longer on my meager savings.
The verdict: C-
The biggest challenge about looking for work is that when I’m out-and-about: on one hand I have to sell myself as professional business owner looking for a certain type of work; but on the other I’m also looking for basic part-time work to supplement my business income. I struggle a bit at business networking functions to share this with those I meet.
I figure it’s time to set more goals, but I’ll keep these brief.
1. Tout for business
a) I’m going to draw up a list of potential local clients and endeavour to approach them with business/work proposals.
b) I’m going to write the feature article I have in mind and pitch it to a magazine. *gulp*
2. Start exercising. Properly. (no explanation required!)
3. Allow myself to be vulnerable (in a good way!)
When meeting local business owners – particularly those I’ve met a few times – be up-front about my need for part-time work and ask them to talk to their networks. I hate asking for help or admitting vulnerability, but surely people won’t think worse of me if they discover I am – indeed – a wee bit needy!
So, not exactly world domination, but… while there are some things I’m struggling with, I cannot oversell how happy I am with my new life.
Indeed, I LOVE MY NEW LIFE. I love where I am living and my lifestyle. IF I can find something to help pay the bills I will be blissfully happy (well, supposedly… I’m an ungracious cow sometimes, so you never know?!).
Just today I was feeling very ‘down’. But I had options. I contemplated driving to the nearby town to visit my mother (to bitch and sook about my job rejections), but instead had decided to settle for vanilla diet coke when I drove past my aunt and uncle’s house to discover my cousin visiting from out-of-town. Half an hour (and some vanilla diet coke with ice) later, I left feeling better. Reassured. Comforted.
Any looking-for-work hints?
Any hints for a struggling carpet-bagger? (I’m not good at the cold call!)
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