Well, it’s that time again, time to say goodbye to yet another month. I know I say this every month, but I seriously can’t believe we’re already in April. Where is the time going?
Most months, I’m not really sure where the time has gone, but this last month I know exactly where I spent it: At work.
At the very end of February, I was offered a short-term contract to do some clerical work up at the University and I jumped on it.
After months of looking for, applying to and unsuccessfully interviewing for jobs in my field, I was starting to get a little down. Maybe it just wasn’t in the cards for me here in Leeds, I thought, which sucked big time after gaining seven years in an industry. I was still working my part-time job at the Theatre, so I wasn’t completely without an income, but I wanted something more, plus I had a lot of hours during the day to fill. So, I decided to cast my net a little wider, and I threw my name in the ring for this short-term contract. I wasn’t feeling particularly upbeat about my chances, but I figured I had to at least try.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky
I was having a particularly bad day when the email came in saying I’d been selected. It was such a small thing to hear I’d been chosen, but it was exactly what I needed that day, and after all those weeks of disappointment. I was elated.
The next few days were a whirlwind of getting organised and trying to remember what office life was like. And before I knew it, I was in the thick of things.
For the past four weeks, I’ve literally been running across town (which sound so much more impressive than it is, in reality, it’s a 15-minute walk) from the University to the Theatre. My days have been filled with data, numbers and requests, and my nights have been filled with musicals, customer service and chatting with little old ladies about how much they enjoyed the performance. It’s been a busy four weeks, but it’s been worth it.
Now, I have had to forgo a few things like going to the gym, socialising and updating this lil’blog, but it’s been exactly what I needed.
Taking this contract helped me finally get past the negative comments that had been thrown my way. It’s reminded me that I am a really good, organised and dedicated worker, and it’s provided me with just the boost that I needed. I feel like the career fog that’s been shrouding me these last few weeks is finally lifting, and I’m back to feeling more positive and much more creative.
Which means I will hopefully be updating this blog more than once a month! As I embark on the second month of this contract, I hope to find more of a balance and carve out a little more time for writing and blogging. I have lots of ideas for content and I’m feeling very excited for the weeks to come.
And, I hope you are too!
Here’s to a fantastic April!
- Leeds, UK
Distance Travelled: Zero. Zilch. Nada. Pretty boring for a travel blog right?
HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH
Going back to work, and not just because the extra boost in income will help facilitate future travels, adventures, plans, etc. although, I won’t lie, that has been quite nice.
In all honestly, it’s been really nice to excel at something, get positive feedback and, even though my role is small, it’s been really nice to know that I’m making an impact on a project.
LOWLIGHT OF THE MONTH
I was running from job to job, spending very few hours resting, so it was inevitable that I’d get sick. In fact, it took just a week and a half for the germs to take hold of me and take me down.
And then I passed it on to Dave.
For the last two weeks of the month, we were both been battling colds that we just couldn’t shake. It made for some very restful weekend full of soup, sleep and TV (thankfully we had more than enough Broadchurch to catch up on).
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In no way am I trying to subscribe to the cult of busy with this next statement, but I just didn’t have the time to read this month. At the end of each day, I was just too tired to even think about reading (also, I knew I’d fall asleep immediately and didn’t need to repeatedly crack myself in the face with a hardcover book) so I just chose to watch TV instead #noregrets. This means that I’ve been stuck on the same page of Helen Russell’s Leap Year for the past five weeks. Fingers crossed that I can find a little more time this month and finally, finally finish this one off.
In so many ways, April will be a carbon copy of March. At the end of the month, I was invited to extend my contract and jumped on the opportunity, so I’ll continue to run back and forth for the next few weeks. While tiring, it’s totally worth it!
Thankfully, I’ll get a bit of a break over Easter as one of the jobs will close for six. full. days! Although I’ll still be working a few of those evenings, I’m very much looking forward to almost a week of lie-ins, no alarm clocks, and coffee-filled mornings.
Also during this time, we’ll be hosting a Canadian friend who lives just outside of London. She’s never been to the North, so we’re looking forward to showing her around Leeds and some of the surrounding villages, hamlets, dales and moors.
That’s it for me. Tell me, what does APRIL have in store for you?
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