The job

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Permalink

So anyway,…. I have a job.

Did you notice how I casually I dropped that into the conversation? #ornot!

Nevertheless, it’s true. The job thing.

I decided I should announce it here as I’ve noticed I have a habit of sharing the little things: I can’t sleep; I went to yoga; I ate three separate batches of Halloween chocolate I bought for Trick or Treaters – and so forth; but I often forget to share the big stuff.

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Last week (30 October in case you’re playing at home) marked the one-year anniversary of my seachange and my move to my beachside apartment.

Quite frankly I cannot believe that an entire year has passed since I arrived amidst worry about the zombie apocalypse – unaccustomed as I was to the lack of traffic and general hubbub.

I’ve settled in pretty well and – unsurprisingly – a year later I’m already complaining about the traffic and distance I have to travel when going from one end of town to the other (which I think is about 10km or so!).

I’ve had a year off ‘work’, although I have earned  a little money from blogging/writing over that time.

As per my ‘world domination plan’, I have been looking for part-time work, mostly applying for a range of low-level government jobs (the private sector has been very silent). But as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve struggled as I’m (very-purposely) applying for jobs significantly below my previous level, aspiring to a work/life balance firmly tipped in favour of the latter!

I haven’t been too stressed and have had faith that something would come up on the job front, however I have (I must confess) been a tad disappointed at the lack of local opportunities.

But… you can all relax because I received an offer a couple of weeks ago and am going to be working part-time for a local website design and development company. For those who understand that stuff, the company specialises in WordPress and hosts and supports a myriad of sites. They have lots of exciting clients – nationally and locally – and I’m thrilled to be on board. (And no, I’m not just saying that in case the boss reads this!) 😉

I’ve actually been ghost-blogging for this company all year, so have a pretty good idea of what they’re about and have dealt with all of the team before.

funny-ecards-48Mostly I’m happy that I’ll be in a world which is very different to my old life. I spent some time in the office last week and love the idea that I’ll be involved in something creative.

Naturally – given the industry – my colleagues are all about half of my age and I’m the only female in the office, but… I have to admit, it’s really refreshing and I’m stoked to be the only boring and jaded person in the place!

Plus because we’re mostly dealing with clients online I don’t have to stress about what to wear! Better still, the office is fairly close by and I don’t have to deal with a commute or traffic. Yay for small towns!

I officially start in mid November and will be working three days a week (perhaps eventually two), leaving me heaps of time for writing (or yoga, lunch with friends and nanna naps). So, I’m thinking I have the best of both worlds – interesting and innovative work in a creative but relaxed environment and time for ‘me’.

Do you have work / life balance?
Are you working in an industry you enjoy?

42 Comments
  • Alli @ Ducks on the dam
    November 5, 2013

    Congratulations! The small town thing can be hard for finding employment so well done you. I laughed at your words about travel….. we have “peak hour” for about 15 minutes twice a day. At school drop off and then again school pick up.

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Oh yes. My mother (who lives in a neighbouring small town) used to say she wouldn’t go out during school drop off / pick up time because of traffic and I laughed at her. I mostly get impatient cos I’m in a hurry, but the ‘travelling to the other end of town’ is ridiculous given the distances I travelled in Brisbane to get anywhere!

      Deb

  • Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy
    November 5, 2013

    Congratulations on the job, sounds wonderful and something I’d do myself! I made a complete life change and went from having my own business to being a full time stay at home mum, so yes, I have a good work life balance at the moment because previously I didn’t. But I must admit, blogging keeps my mind turning and I do look forward to the day I work again, who knows, blogging may lead to something.

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Yes Eva… this job is probably a good option as I’d considered doing something really unrelated to my previous life (stacking shelves / sorting mail) OR part-time work back in my old project management world. I was mostly keen for a complete change however. It’s weird to be going back to work after a year off (and working from home all of that time) but it is kinda the best of both worlds!

      Deb

  • Eleise
    November 5, 2013

    How exciting that you have got a part time job, and a balance! Well done, I hope that you love it!!

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Thanks Eleise. Yes, I was starting to worry about finding something ‘appropriate’ or worried I’d have to take something that I really didn’t want!

  • Annaleis from Teapots and Tractors
    November 5, 2013

    Boring and Jaded I think not! Enjoy the change and keep enjoying that gorgeous sea change you have made. Sounds pretty perfect to me 🙂

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Thanks Annaleis! (I initially had something in there about how I’d worked with some very bitchy women over the years, but thought that might have sounded a bit rude!) 😉

  • Jo Tracey
    November 5, 2013

    It sounds like a perfect fit (and balance) for you…

  • ClaireyHewitt
    November 5, 2013

    Well done, I love that your sea change has worked out so well. I am always looking at the sea/tree change idea, but don’t think I have the courage – which is odd because I have no stories of people that every regret it.

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Very true Claire – I actually wish I’d done it sooner – though probably couldn’t have afforded to! It would (however) have made a huge different to decisions I was making in my late 30s and early 40s!

  • Twitchy (@TwitchyCorner)
    November 5, 2013

    Wow, congrats, that sounds like the ideal set up. I’m still full time at home at the moment but hope to start looking for something suitable by mid next year when my boy is settled into his new school and public transport. Yike. #teamIBOT

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Thanks and good luck with finding something when the times comes!!!

      Deb

  • Mel
    November 5, 2013

    Congrats on your new perfect job!!!

  • lisa
    November 5, 2013

    Love it when everything falls into place. Congratulations on your new job-especially the 3 day week. Nanna naps are so important. (I am being sincere here, I can’t make 3pm without a little power nap)xx

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Oh yes. I didn’t go into it in the blog, but I’d agreed to help my cousin out in his business for 2 weeks (which is why I did some work last week and restart in 2 weeks) and I’m working full days five days a week. It’s day 2 today. It’s not as bad as I thought but… I was super tired at about 9am this morning and wasn’t sure if I’d make it through the day. Copious amounts of diet coke are helping!

  • Jess
    November 5, 2013

    I think it sounds awesome! Actually sounds quite interesting and will be a nice balance. I imagine it is rare to find a position like that in a small town!

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Oh absolutely Jess. I had ideas of trying to do some social media management stuff myself here as there are limited services, but I’m just not one to promote myself. My role will be varied but I hope some of the tech-y stuff rubs off on me!

  • Bec @ The Plumbette
    November 5, 2013

    Yay for a part time job that’s close to you! I find it hard to balance work and family. Some areas overlap others. You just do the best you can.

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      True and I suspect some times the balance is more problematic than others!

  • Jackie
    November 5, 2013

    Congrats on the job and even better not having to deal with traffic 🙂

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Oh yes. I still follow a lot of Twitter accounts from my previous life and am constantly reading about train delays, congested traffic and accidents and am very relieved I’m no longer dealing with that!

  • Satu
    November 5, 2013

    Congrats again on your new job, Deb! It’s funny I dabble in the (almost) same industry. I don’t host websites though… Are you going to create content just for the company or do you also create content for their customers?

    I’ve been a bit out of the loop lately. I’ve had two bad migraines within 7 days which means I couldn’t go to the Halloween party I’d been invited on Saturday. *moping*

    What is work/life balance? 😛

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Oh no, sorry to hear about your migraines!

      I’m not entirely sure what my role will be yet – some project management stuff and some admin stuff I think. I’ve been helping do some specs and so forth so far. The company has just taken on a heap of extra clients meaning a lot more work, so…

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 5, 2013

    Congrats on your new job!! How exciting! Looking forward to hearing how it all goes! 🙂

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Thanks Lucy. I’ll have to do a follow up post in a few weeks!

      Deb

  • Amy
    November 5, 2013

    Work / life balance something I struggle with everyday congrats on the job 🙂

    • Debbish
      November 5, 2013

      Yes Amy, that was my old life as well. I think less-hours is a good start for me!

      Deb
      xx

  • Neen
    November 5, 2013

    Sounds perfect Deb! Big congrats!!

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    November 5, 2013

    WHOOP WHOOP that is great news – to have such security!! I do some ghost blogging now so I know a little of what you are speaking, sounds like it’s right up your alley – high five and all the best 🙂 xx

    • Debbish
      November 6, 2013

      Oh yes Emily, people often ask me what ghost blogging is. I don’t know if that’s what it’s actually called, but I figured that’s how ghost writing for blogs would translate.

      And thanks!

  • Char
    November 6, 2013

    That really does sound like the perfect job. And as far as dress code goes – are tracky dacks acceptable? Pyjama pants?

    • Debbish
      November 6, 2013

      Oohhhh… I don’t know about the PJs Char but I like the idea – in winter anyway! I’m not sure I’ll do the shorts thing – with my fat legs; so tracky dacks could be a goer! I actually have quite a few pairs of faux trousers – stretchy yoga type pants which can pass as real trousers – unless someone tugs at them and discovers they’re stretchy! 😉

      Deb

  • Tiff
    November 6, 2013

    Awesome, that’s made my day!!!

  • EssentiallyJess
    November 8, 2013

    Hooray! That’s awesome news! Congrats! Sounds like a fantastic job too. Anything creative appeals to me. 🙂

    • Debbish
      November 8, 2013

      Yes, it’s a lot less money than I used to get, but hopefully far better suited!

  • Lou Lou
    November 11, 2013

    Congratulations! How fantastic!!! sounds really great!

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