Contemplating Change…

When is it time to make a change in your life?

Recently I have been feeling more and more as if I want to spend more time with my family and less time worrying about work.

Going back full-time has added a physical 8 extra hours per week at work, which isn’t a massive difference, but to be honest, I feel as if even when I am not at work I am still always dealing with work.

I guess that comes from being the manager of quite a large team… I still feel like I should be helping if there is a problem at work with staff etc, when I am not there ,and despite me telling all the student staff to not contact me on my day off, they still assume that I am always at work…

This year has started well, in terms of revenue for the pub, but this has been physically draining. The days (and nights!) are hard going and with the usual freshers flu’s/ vomiting bugs going around there are never enough bodies around to cope with it, and as the leader you are expected to be the one to run around and sort everything out.

Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved the catering industry -most of the time!- but more and more I am feeling like a bad mum for never being at home, like the house is a total tip (which it is is), like I don’t want to work all the late nights and basically like I need to make a change.

I missed out on the ideal job for me this week, just because I was too late seeing it and missed the application deadline – and wasn’t brave enough to do anything about it.

It was a part-time job, at my current employment, doing stuff I like doing – report writing etc – and would have paid enough for me to cover the bills and left me plenty of time to do my own thing as well. I would have still been with the people I love, in an environment I know. Perfect.

But not meant to be 🙁

However in an effort to take a step towards change, I have signed up to be an independent Phoenix trader.

They produce the most gorgeous cards, stationary and some gift items.

I have my own trader website (so you can all go online and look and buy lots of beautiful things from me!) and also have a load of stock I can sell to people – friends, families, at fairs, boot sales etc.
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This is a perfect way for me to try and make a supplemental income so maybe just maybe, next time that part-time job comes up, I will  have the guts to do something about it. And I will make that change.
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