Welcome To My Life Plan

Long breaks between blog entries – I’m sorry!

A lot is going on, but you see, most of it is happening on the inside and it’s not always easy to explain – or interesting to read, for that matter. I’m going through some major shifts and dealing with very old baggage, clearing my energy and gaining insights that are profound not because I didn’t know these things before, but because I’m understanding them on a deeper, almost physical level. Do you know what I mean?

And really, it’s the best time of the year to understand and be en-lightened. I’m relishing the long, bright evenings. The Solstice this year has been extraordinary for me. I always love this time of the year, but I get to enjoy it more this time because a) my hayfever is not as bad (I think my cleaner eating habits are having an effect) and b) the weather has been spectacular, with a few days’ exception. When I went to bed on the night of the Solstice, after my usual walk and ritual, I left the blinds open and just sat there in bed watching the sky slowly turn from light grey to medium grey. It didn’t even go any darker than that until almost midnight. Magical.

It’s such a beautiful time of the year, and I’m always awake more, sleep less, and think more during these weeks. This year is no exception, and here’s what’s going on.

It looks more and more as if I’ll have to look for a new job. Is that a catastrophe? No. I’ll never regret taking this job, it’s reminded me of my priorities and what I’m looking for, as well as the things I’m not willing to compromise on in a job. There’s nothing new on the horizon yet but once there is, I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, I’m dealing with working “late shift” to eight thirty every night. It does not suit me, in fact it’s dragging me down a lot. But it’s necessary for us to be able to work on the US market, which is our only option at the moment. It does mean that my already limited social life goes to zero during the week, including the online part – World of Warcraft raids happen on weekday nights with my group, because the others all work regular jobs. I miss them, and I hope I’ll soon be on normal hours again.

The inner changes I’ve been talking about concern the whole subject of working on my own terms. You know my story, my financial troubles of the past. I’m not willing to take financial risks any more, I did it once and got burned. Then again, at the time I liked what I was doing but it wasn’t my life’s dream. It’s different with Coaching and having a Bird Sanctuary – these are things I identify with 100%.

As you also know, part of the dream is having my own little hag cottage somewhere quiet, and that requires having a “regular” job to get the mortgage. So it looks like I’m going to work an office job for at least the next year or two. Once I have the mortgage, I’ll look at work-at-home options, which companies like Apple offer here in Ireland (I’ve worked for them before and would do so again at the drop of a hat), not paid as well but probably enough to live on and pay the mortgage rates.

I can see myself working from home and doing the Coaching and my Bird Sanctuary on the side. Travel to and from work takes up so much time and energy, not to mention money! I’ve worked from home before and know what it entails, so no problems there with discipline etc. And if and when my business evolves to the point that I can live on it, I might one day be able to give up the steady job altogether. I’m just not in a terrible rush to do it.

Here’s the plan:

  • Get a new job with a good work-life balance (overtime every now and then is fine, but not all the time).
  • Keep saving. In about a year’s time, apply for a mortgage.
  • Get hag cottage, move hag + budgies in.
  • Get work-at-home job when I can afford the lower income.
  • All the while, keep Coaching and being happy.
  • Set up Bird Sanctuary.
  • Be even happier.

How’s that sound?

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Don’t Try This At Home

So, I fell down a number of stairs.
The short version? I don’t recommend it. The slightly longer version is, I slipped for no reason on the stairs I run up and down 20 times a day at least. I was in socks as usual and there’s carpet on the stairs, but really they are very even and safe, and nothing’s ever happened in the over 1 ½ years I’ve been living in my flat. Crazy! I tumbled down all the way to the bottom and landed in front of the window, on my left side and my back, and also banged my head.
I was incredibly lucky as usual. People break their necks falling down the stairs; I had no broken bones, not even a concussion (turns out my head is harder than that). Now don’t get me wrong, I was in a lot of pain for most of the last two weeks, I had contusions on my left elbow and shoulder and the blackest knee you’ve ever seen, apart from deep muscle bruises on my lower back and legs. Absolutely everything hurt. My arm was in a sling for a week and I couldn’t use it for several days, but you know what? Painful as it was, none of my injuries will take more than a few weeks to heal. I have every reason to be grateful – and as usual, I found a light at the end of the tunnel and enjoyed two quiet, comfortable weekends with my budgies, reading and watching movies.
In short, I’m fine so don’t worry! It could have been a lot worse.
Things have been a little more quiet than usual because of my injuries but I’ve still got news to share. For one thing, I wrote down the story of my journey to coming to terms with being highly sensitive, and it was published on the lovely Renee Leverington’s blog. Let me know what you think, and if you leave a comment there, you’ll make both Renee and me happy.
My job continues to be lovely, although we are facing some challenges. The client we were supposed to work for has pulled the plug on the EMEA project, so now we’re starting later and working later and phoning US hospitals instead. It’s a lot of fun but we’re really too expensive to work on a different continent, so we’re going to have to find business in Europe soon. I appreciate this company so much – other companies would have kicked us out the minute the main client’s project was pulled. It’s really all about the people in this place, but at the same time we need to become profitable at some point, or they won’t be able to afford us any longer. Exciting times, if slightly scary as well!
The changed working hours mean that I’m more flexible in my Coaching as well. I can now offer morning sessions on some days, as well as evening. If you or anyone you know is looking for a Coach, please direct them to my website and the free initial consultation I offer. It comes with absolutely no strings attached and serves to explore what the potential client would like to work on and whether or not Coaching is a good option for them. 
I also keep my eyes open for property. Sure, it’ll be another year or so until I can afford the mortgage, but dreaming is fun and keeps me motivated. Sometimes it can be a little heartbreaking too: last week I saw the perfect house for sale. No, not a log house but otherwise just what I’d need, in great condition on a sizeable plot of land and a garage with a large window which would be perfect to start my bird sanctuary in! It was even affordable – but also in Arklow, which is miles from anywhere and would be far too much of a commute to Dublin. Rats! Then again, by the time I have the deposit together it’ll probably be sold anyway.
Still, these things keep me dreaming and remind me of the reason why I’m saving so hard right now. I love sitting on the couch and telling the budgies about the lovely places I’ve seen, and how we’re going to buy our own next spring and how wonderful it’s all going to be. They are listening very attentively and I have a feeling they’ll hold me to the promise!
Right, I’m off to work now. I’ve just been grocery shopping and bought a metric ton of asparagus, which is my current addiction. I just LOVE asparagus, it’s one of those vegetables that I prefer not in a fancy meal, but simply steamed and with a few potatoes, salt, herbs, and maybe some soft cheese. Yum. I’m looking forward to dinner.
Have a lovely week, and I promise I’ll write again sooner this time, provided I don’t find another flight of stairs to fall down…!

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