Hello February

When January began, I had everything all planned out. I wrote in my diary the time table for getting fit. I planned out my first novel and wrote down when it would be completed. I was waiting eagerly for the start of my Introduction to Counselling course. I was exceptionally nervous and full of doubts, but ready to go for it.

And then I went back to work at the office.

I've been at Insight for over 4 years. It is the longest I've ever worked anywhere. Ever. It's been absolutely brilliant. No two days have ever been the same and the people are brilliant (if slightly bonkers, which is probably why I got on there so well).

After the first couple of weeks and the start of my counselling course, I realised it was time. Those two weeks I was distracted and grumpy and tired because my heart wasn't in my work. Neither was my head. The counselling was course was everything I'd hoped it would be and more.

I took stock of everything I want to do this year and where I want to be at the end of it. I realised there was only one thing for it: I had to go for it. 

I have to put my energy 100% behind the training and the professional development that will put me on the path to becoming a fully qualified counsellor. I have to put my energy 100% behind the three creative projects that have been rumbling around my head for years, to move them from my imagination and into the world. 

A couple of weeks ago I handed in my notice. Last Thursday was my last day. In between me handing in my notice and my leaving working, I hardly slept. During the day, I've been focused on making sure I left work in as tidy a fashion as I could. But at night...well, that's when everything hiding in the crevasses all day, came out to play. Plans, hopes, fears. Everything.

I only started sleeping properly again a couple of nights ago...

The last few days have been busy as well. There's the small matter of my tax return that needed to be filled in. And then, there was my Yuletide present from Dave...a gin making afternoon at the Adnams Distillery in Southwold.

But that's a blog post for another day...

In the meantime, I've be rearranging my working space. Dave being his usual lovely self, gave me a new desk. I'm now working in my front room as it's more comfortable. My study space is now being turned into my exercise area. I've got a lot of catching up to do. I'm more than aware that if I am to achieve everything I hope I can this year, I've got to be healthy and well. 

I am going to be 45 this year. The clock is a-ticking. There is no "safe" choice in life. Everything comes with a price and safety is the most expensive choice of all; one, I have never been very good at paying. It may make my life look a bit bizarre and haphazard from the outside, but I can't face the slow, living death of un-fulfilled dreams. Far better to take the leap into the unknown and face the consequences.

Comments

  1. Never regret what you did, only regret what you didn't do. Go you!

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    1. Thank you Rog. It's certainly fun so far!

      xxx

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  2. What Rog said!

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    1. Thanks lovely! I'm certainly going for it!

      You know you'll hear all about it.

      :)
      xx

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  3. Yowzah ! Good luck and all.

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  4. How excellent! I'm proud of you, Roses, for making that huge leap that so many find too daunting to even consider. xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you honey. I'm finding it very daunting right now, but I figure if I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, it'll all come right. Or I'll do something else.

      xx

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  5. I'm impressed at the planning. I've always sort of made it up as I went along. I echo the wise words of Rog, the trick is to rock up at the Pearly Gates* WITHOUT a long list of "if onlys".

    *Insert preferred final destination here.

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    1. It's difficult not to do planning if there are mortgages involved. I also recognise that Life will be throwing various spanners in the works, but if I worry about everything that could possibly go wrong, I'd sit in a corner, rocking and drooling.

      I have no idea about my final destination. I only hope it's fun and full of people I love and adore.

      xx

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