This week, I have been reflecting on how my life has changed over the last year. This time, last year I was still at very stressful management job working long hours and when I was not working I was either worrying about work or dealing with on-call emergencies. I am not going to go into details of how this changed (that's another story all together !), but fast forward to this summer, I'm sitting down with cup of tea and musing about how things are different now.
So, what is the biggest change ? I still work long hours and worry about my work (no change there, then !) - but that's because I want to (and because I'm a bit of a workoholic). The difference is that I can work until 2 am and not worry too much about getting up early in the morning. I can stop when I want to and get things done as slowly or quickly as I want !
When my mum visited last week, she wanted to watch TV and at that point I realised, that TV did not work and probably has not been working for a while ! I would not know, because I don't watch TV anymore (definite change there !). I catch up on what I want on the i-player, whilst I am baking or sewing.
I'm enjoying my newly found weekend clothes, which before I really didn't get the chance to wear very often. All my suits and posh work clothes are in the box and out of the way. I put them all there the minute I finished with my job and have not taken them out yet.
I have also learned new skills, which before I never needed (you don't tend to be interested in how to create website if you have the whole IT department which just does that). It's still work in process, but I have somehow learned how to put together website (www.bexleybakery.co.uk; www.cocoaandheart.co.uk) by just staring at my laptop into early hours. I got my head around, why Twitter might be useful and enjoy the banter with people I have never met. Facebook is also adictive and somehow I ended up with two pages ! The Bakery (by Cocoa & Heart) and Cocoa & Heart.
I never really spend much money before (feel free to ask my husband !), so now I feel both guilty and exited when I'm placing large order for packaging for my chocolates. It's like Christmas Day every day !
So, life is very different now, but I'm enjoying every day. If you feel like reading more of this week's musings by talented craft's people - pop along to Handmade Harbour.