Note: This is a life update. I’ll also share some lessons learned.
How are you doing? It’s been ages since I’ve been posting; it’s because I’ve gone through a few drastic changes.
Firstly, we tried potty training with my two-year-old daughter from Friday and it went well. She’s been doing potty training at the crèche (nursery school) since December I think and I wasn’t ready to do my part yet.
I also kept in mind that we do road trips (did one in December and end of February this year) and our drives are mostly over two days (about a 12 hour drive a day). It’s convenient to have nappies when you are driving or walking about at a festival (like we did during our February trip).
Anyway, potty training went well. We had one pee (urine) in the pants moment and one “Mommy I made a kaka” (did a number 2) in the pants moment. Both these moments took place on Saturday. Friday and Sunday were a breeze.
Well, I got retrenched and my last day was early March 2018. It is weird to not do work because I’m someone who enjoys the office environment.
The good thing is I have an interview away – thanks to a friend I met within the blogging world. As I did my preparation for the interview, I was reminded of what my skill set is.
Hold thumbs for me – some days I’m really optimistic and other days negative thoughts come. When the negative thoughts happen, I start watching motivational videos on YouTube.
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LOSING A FRIEND
During the retrenchments process, one of my close friends died in a car accident. This was a huge blow for me. The weird thing is, every time I think about her not being here, it’s so unreal. I can’t believe I’m never going to see her again.
You are the five people you hang out with most they say. || @leo_lives_here was fearless, to me at least. I knew she had stuff she worried about, I knew she had doubts just like the rest of us, but she was a "let's just do it" girl. Her fearlessness was a bit contagious too. Really we would drive up and down in dangerous areas for stories. I was a bit scared but I tried not to think about it. I've heard that you are who your friends are, and really, Leolynn was one of those inspiring friends who made you want to be a better you. Her eagerness to do a job was contagious. The drive she had definitely rubbed off on me. She's the type of person who'll tell you what she's learned from you, but then you feel like you've learned a lot from her. Anyway. #JustThoughts #Honesty #hminstachallenge #RIPLeolynn #friendsforever
I took a break from blogging because of the overwhelming things that took place in my life. Like Jessie J’s lyrics go: “It’s okay not to be okay… Just be true to who you are.” Also, it’s okay to take a break sometimes.
Obviously, the number one lesson is that life is unpredictable and that you’re never guaranteed your job – no matter how loyal or hardworking you are. I’ve always been someone who felt guilty when I job searched for something else, but hey, the thing is, life is unpredictable.
Plus, one needs to continuously grow – if you’re not growing within a position, it’s okay to look for greener grass.
I’m also volunteering for a non-profitable organisation in the meantime. This reminds me of the importance of teamwork. There’s a quote I like: “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson
It takes me back to a school camp I went on, where we chanted: “It’s not about me, it’s about the team!”
Lastly, just because you’re not working, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a routine. I write down a list of things daily of what should be done, and I tick it off. It’s something I learned beack when I was an intern at a newspaper in Cape Town in 2008. I’ve been doing lists since then.
For those of you who are busy job-hunting, check out Cherralle’s blog posts:
- 10 Job Hunting Tips You May Not Have Heard About Until Now
- 8 Tricky Interview Questions and How to Knock Them Out the Park
Have a good day everyone! If you’ve gone through a change or two, let me know in the comments below. Thank you!