I was just going to call this post, What Comes Next, but a vague sense of deja-vu niggled at me and sure enough, I’d written a post called exactly that in November 2011.
It wasn’t – as this post is – about work, my professional life and the ‘direction’ I take, rather it was written almost a month after my father passed away so instead pondered on the melancholy enveloping me at the time.
But, here I’m talking less traumatic events. Like my impending unemployment and life on the streets.
I’ve talked recently about the fact that I’d delayed my long-planned overseas holiday (and cancelled part of it) because of delays in a work project; and the fact that current project gig would soon end.
I won’t go over old ground, but it’s interesting… work has been so busy and stressful (and will continue to be so until I leave on my overseas holiday) that I’ve not had time to think about the fact that my contract essentially finishes while I’m away – meaning I finish this job in about a month.
I am conscious of the looming lack of employment and diligently prepaying a heap of big bills I know will be due in coming months. Happily I only entertained the idea of cancelling my Italy holiday very briefly – given I’ve been looking forward to it for a decade or two!
However, I can’t really remain in denial about money-earning options as my work colleagues and others often ask if I’ve got anything organised yet.
Ahhh… “No,” I tell them.
And in reality I suspect it’s partially because I’m not entirely sure what I want to pursue on the job / work front. Should I be scouting project management opportunities; or should I follow that creative desire to write (ideally via freelancing or paid in some way)?
In a perfect world I’d get a choice. However, as I live in a small regional town with minimal opportunities I suspect I’ll keep my eye out for suitable project management type gigs, while trying to work out if I can summon the confidence to pitch my writing to sources who will pay.
Either way, it’s scary and exciting at the same time.
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