A New Exciting Chapter

The one thing I’ve craved all my life is certainty.

Knowing where my next payslip is coming from, knowing that I’m financially secure should the worst happen, knowing that my children are safe and happy. Things a lot of us take for granted.

Growing up I was a worrier. I worried about the silliest of things. Will I be able to afford to buy a house, a car and even retire one day?

Not the normal things your typical teenager would worry about.

I’ve always worked for as long as I can remember. I got my first job was when I was 16 years old and I’ve worked ever since. From being a checkout operator in a supermarket, a housekeeper in a hotel, a shop assistant and finally onto the company that I’ve worked for, for 11 years.

When I first started there I only ever intended it to be a temporary job, but 11 years later I was still there.

I started when I was 18 and I enjoyed the job. As the years passed by my career within the company changed a number of times and with each new role I faced new challenges that I thrived off.

Sadly, I’ve had to make the tough decision to take redundancy. As such I no longer work there anymore. I have real mixed emotions about this.

Initially I was emotional. It was a very hard decision to make. I mean I’ve always worked so knowing that taking redundancy without another job to go into is a pretty scary thought.

Now that I’ve got used to the idea, my mindset has changed somewhat. I’m excited about what the future holds.

I’m really looking forward to a change of direction, in that I want to get out of the office job and find something more meaningful.

I’m under no illusions that this may take some time, but knowing that my husband is 100% fully behind me, supporting me all the way really helps. I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to make such a big decision without him.

At the moment I’m enjoying the time off as it means I can spend everyday with my children before they go back to school.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous, but I’m also pretty excited about this new chapter in my life.

Have you ever faced redundancy? If so, I’d love to hear your experiences.

28 thoughts on “A New Exciting Chapter

  1. Think you have just written my story too! I’ve just been made redundant from a primary school because of budget cuts. I’ve worked for 38 years since my 16th birthday-Saturday girl up to office supervisor for BHS, private nanny for a new born and then into 3 schools. One school I spent 22 years I never intended to be there that long but life/ family required it.

    Redundancy un-expectantly at 54 has devastated me. Its robbed me of my confidence and I was a chatty confident person. I hate what its done to me. All the job alerts I get (because I have to apply for 3 jobs a week to job seekers allowance!) are back in classrooms again as support or kitchen assistants.

    I’m looking for that different opportunity which will light my fire again but yet use the skills I’ve acquired during my career.

    I’ve started up again a little business I had to pay for extra’s for the kids but its just not happening. Things have moved on too far in IT and so many people selling I’ve lost the plot.

    I look forward to seeing what your new adventures are.

    1. You sound so similar to me. I always craved financial security. But I got forced into redundancy as I wanted part time work and my role just didn’t work part time. It was scary but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I already had my own business and now I get to focus on that, and spend loads of time with my kids, being there to collect my daughter from school every day is such a privilege. I have given up my old ‘safe’ career now, I’ll never go back to that. I only want to do work that makes my heart sing, and I want to do something that really adds value to people’s lives. I am very lucky in that my husband has progressed in his career and that has taken some of the pressure off me having to have a steady paycheck. Hope you continue to enjoy spending time with the kids and find something rewarding to do when you’re ready to get back to it.

  2. I haven’t faced redundancy… yet… I know that with ever changing technology I need to continue to increase my skills. We need to work smarter and continue to add value to ourselves.

  3. Sorry to hear about the redundancy. Hopefully there is a silver lining and you are able to find something that you really want to do. #ThatFridayLinky

  4. my hubby had this happen right before we signed the contract on the home we are now in. We knew it would come eventually as the company had been moving everything offshore for years trying to save money. It was a stressful time, but luckily he was head hunted by a company very quickly and it has turned out to be the best thing for us as a family. Good luck, I really hope it goes well for you, enjoy that special time with your littles ones #ThatFridayLinky

  5. Congratulations on this exciting new chapter in your life! Sometimes the scariest decisions or the biggest changes can be the most rewarding ones. Wishing you lots of luck xxx #That FridayLinky

  6. I think it’s wonderful that your husband is so loving and supportive of you. Mine is too and it gives me courage to give blogging a go. I also think that the blogging world is incredibly supportive and I truly believe we can lift each other up as well. Thanks for hosting #ThatFridayLinky

  7. We’very always struggled for money and I’ve been out of work here and there, though not since I had my son. Definitely think of this as an opportunity and enjoy your time with your kiddies xx

  8. I’ve not been in that specific situation but circumstances meant that working after my son was born just wasn’t going to happen.

    I hate not working, so I’ve just started my own business from home. It’s scary but exciting too!

    Good on you for finding the positive in a difficult situation. I’m sure something much better will come along soon.

    #ThatFridayLinky

  9. I’ve faced it a couple of times. The first time we were told it ‘might happen’, it was bought out by another company and then a year on that company said that it was on the cards. I found another job in time fortunately. It is such a worrying thing to go through. Good luck in what you do #ThatFridayLinky

  10. I’ve never faced redundancy myself, but I know a few people who have. Most have used it as a positive opportunity to reconsider their career and either retrain/go to uni, or to take a chance and do the thing that has always been their “one day” plan (travelling for one, starting her own business for another). I hope you can turn it into a positive too.
    #thatfridaylinky

  11. Hi, sorry to hear about your redundancy no doubt you’ve made the most of those summer holidays. Fingers crossed a new exciting opportunity will be round the corner #ThatFridayLinky

  12. It’s exciting. I know when Corben had his accident and I decided I was going to be the main at home parent it was scary and exciting all at once. I grabbed onto the excitement and that’s when I started the blog. It’s led to many other things that make a couple of quid here and there. But you’re right, it’s vital to have that support from the other half. Without Donetta I wouldn’t be able to have created anything.

    Exciting times ahead.

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