Sunday, 5 January 2020

New Year, New Me...Or Not?

Today is my birthday and what better way to kick off a new year than dusting off my little corner of the internet.

I used to hate my January birthday - the 5th of January, everyone was always too broke and too tired after the festive season to really celebrate etc but in recent years I begun to appreciate it more and find it refreshing to start the new year with a new age followed shortly after. 

I've made one proper resolution for 2020 and that's to simply slow down.

Let me elaborate -  the last few years have been so full on between a hectic family life and the stresses that come with that, feeling stuck in a job I no longer enjoyed, having no proper work / life balance, running for local elections, canvassing for referendums - its just been so full on. 

However, for the first time in a long time, I start the New Year feeling content and quite happy in the fact we have no major plans for 2020 except to slow down and enjoy life a bit more. 

In 2019 I set out to do 2 things - run in the local elections and change my job and I achieved both,  both happened within weeks of each other and for the last 6 months of the year I really felt my life begin to settle.

I had to adjust to a whole new routine for my work life, leaving a Monday - Friday 9-5 job for a 3 day a week job but working 12 hour shifts, both days and nights. It's taken me a good few months to adjust but honestly I love it. The freedom it's given me in my personal life is the main reason I needed to change. 
The work couldn't be more different but it's such a welcome change and instead if being in a working environment of 5 people, I'm now on a line with up to 20 - so many different personalities and opinions but so much to learn from everyone and, most importantly, a lot of laughs and that was something I realised I was missing a lot in my life. 

The change in jobs has impacted my life in such a positive way, I was so worn down in my last job I'd lost myself a bit, having to deal with a manager who abused her position on a daily basis and co workers who had awful attitudes really affected me, I was bringing that stress home, a lot and I cried more tears than I ever should have over a job. 
I do need to give a shout out to my "right wing" though because if it wasn't for her those days would've been a lot harder. 

We spend a lot of time in our jobs so it's vital that we enjoy it in my opinion, I've learned that life is too short to be unhappy about your job or dread going in every day. 
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't easy to leave, in fact it took me 2 years to do it because I had been in my previous job so long I was stuck in my comfort zone and convinced I couldn't do anything else. I needed to find something that suited what I was looking for and that took time. 

So if you're thinking the same for 2020, that you need a change, whatever it is - just go for it! Take that chance and it may just turn out to be the best thing you've ever done!

Back to my resolution though - 2020 I want to just slow down and enjoy life, the simple things and finding the joy in all the things I love again. I've been too busy the last few years to spend time doing the things I enjoy so this year I will change that - I'm hopeful that the camera will be out more and I will get back to documenting our days, the stack of books I've been wanting to read will be started on, the new recipes I want to try will finally be whipped up in the kitchen - the simple things in life. 

So it's not so much New Year, New Me but more New Year, being the Old Me again.

Whatever you are hoping for in 2020, I wish you all the luck in the world for the year ahead 

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