Monday, January 18, 2010

I'm free!

So here I am, it's a Monday afternoon, and I'm free.
No office to cage me in, no computer I don't want to sit behind, no work I have no passion for, no subconscious fear of the dreaded beast (read: ex-boss) to make an appearance and spoil my day.
I'm free, I'm unemployed, but free.  With a million plans to fill my time with!
Things I'm looking forward to in the next few months:

  • Starting classes at the University of Stellenbosch on Tuesday, 26 January 2010.  Post grad diploma in Translation, here I come!  (finally)
  • Finishing up all the little details of our wedding.
  • Getting married on 13 March 2010  :)
  • Going on honeymoon to Mauritius straight after!
  • Settling into my new (our!) home.
  • My 30th birthday on 29 April 2010.
  • My first winter in our home (think loads of cosy evenings around the fireplace...)
  • Starting up my own freelance translation and editing business and working from home from now on.
  • Putting some well-overdue love into our garden!
  • Being creative in our house (read: making a few exciting changes)
  • Being more creative overall (read: making more time for hobbies)
  • Getting my pictures sorted and having quite a few printed for our home and finding the right spots for it.
  • Finding more art for our walls and finding the perfect spots to hang the pieces we already have.
  • Spending quality time with my forever-boyfriend but also husband-to-be in a place I can finally call HOME after a few less-than-stable months of travelling between a few homes and living out of an overnight bag.
All wonderful, exciting, positive things.  I feel so blessed!  This year has definately started off well and I'm determined to continue facing each day with the passion and the energy to make the best of every second! 

Monday, January 4, 2010

wishing time away

Wow, look at this, I'm back again, in record time!

After a tedious day at work and Day 1 of my new year detox plan I have very little energy and I'm barely clinging on to the precious holiday feeling which came so naturally a few hours ago.  I don't even have the energy to put on my running shoes and get moving!

It's hard to stay positive, motivated, disciplined and nice when you're couped up in a small, dark office, doing repetitive, unsatisfying work at a company you have no feeling or passion for.  I can imagine it's almost like being caught in a net - I can picture a spirited, free insect flying into a sticky web or a slippery, shiny fish swimming into a net - you're caught, you can't move, you have to wait, you have no control over the situation.  That's kind of how I feel a the moment!  The next 9 working days are going to take a lot of patients from my side.  Patients, energy to stay positive, to stay NICE, to tolerate whatever comes my way.  I just have to do it.

It's hard not to wish the time away!  And it would be the worst thing to do at this stage, with time being so precious and with everything that needs to be done before I finish my job, before I start at the university, before we get married.

So, I'll just try to make the best of it.  I can do this, I can do this, I can do this  :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

new things

I was lucky enough to start my year off with sandy feet on the bank of the Orange River, under a glowing, full moon. It was the end of a wonderful 4 day river rafting trip, and after a first shower in days, our group of friends was ready to welcome the new year with a big, festive night. I think we missed midnight by a few minutes, but the ultimate freedom of not wearing watches and not being tied down by time was indescribable. The fireworks were beautiful, the champagne a bit warm, but the vibe magical.

Maybe the last few days of 2009 were a sign of what's in store for 2010: Hard work, pushing boundries, conquering the elements, but as reward a fantastic feeling of personal accomplishment, closer relationships and having a lot of fun in the process.

A change is a good as a holiday. So I've made sure that 2010 will be a year of change.
I have ten more working days left before I'm officially unemployed.
At the end of this month I'll be a full-time student again.
In less than three months I'm getting married and in less than four months I'm turning 30 years old.

This is going to be a big year - it doesn't matter how you look at it! Definately a life-changing year.

I feel ready for all the challenges. I know it's going to take hard work, adjustments, patients. I am however blessed to have an amazing support team, and I'm very excited about what's waiting for me!

One thing I'm going to be forced to do more often is WRITE. So watch this space. I don't normally make new year's resolutions.. or no - that is a lie. I do make them and I get very excited about them, but after a few weeks they fade quite abruptly! But if I had to make a few this year, they would look something like this:

1) Eat healthy, exercise, live a balanced life
2) Write more
3) Have fun. All the time.

Let's see if I can keep it up!

Happy New Year, everyone!