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Changing Pace

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

My family have hardly noticed that I’ve gone out to work again. It’s quite astonishing really – maybe proof that what we do as mothers is mysteriously invisible to the rest of the family, or maybe I just have terrific organizational skills and as far as they are concerned it’s business as normal.

I generally head out for the train at about the same time as the teenagers and am home around 6 to start cooking dinner as I always have. ย Thanks to my new cleaning fairy, if anything, the house is cleaner than before and so far there haven’t been any issues where my actual physical presence was missed in the hour or hour and a half between the teenagers coming in from school and me coming in from work. If I’m honest, they only ever said hi and then locked themselves away in their rooms, so it wasn’t like we were really having quality time then anyway.

All of which means that I think we can put a big tick next to this working lark – plus I love my job – did I tell you that already?

Although to the outside things don’t look that different, for me it’s hugely different. I’m still at that funny stage where I feel like I’m actually living someone else’s life. Is this businesswoman really me? Whether it’s really me or not, and I suspect it is, it feels really good. I’m on a pretty big learning curve at the moment and it feels great. I feel more alive than I have in a good long while.

The pace of my life has pretty much doubled…I don’t have as many free minutes to play with as I used to, so I have to make really sure that I use them wisely and efficiently. I’m thinking more, organizing more, planning more..but also I’m feeling better about myself, so I’m socializing more too – which has to be a good thing. The troubles and difficulties of the last 6 months are behind me now, things are in a healthy perspective and I feel like I’ve finally come out of hibernation.

The only thing that seems to be getting short-changed is sewing and blogging time, but I guess that goes with the territory. I just have to accept that the chance of me doing much of either on the days I’m at work isn’t very high – I’m too tired and to be honest in the evenings I’m drawn more to peacefully playing the piano rather than stitching much. I’m going with the flow and doing what feels right and what I want to do. I imagine soon a routine will start to fall into place.

And those stubborn pounds that I’ve been trying to get rid of unsuccessfully for years…boy oh boy, they’re dropping off with this change of pace. (This might have something to do with the lack of a biscuit tin at work !!).

So altogether I think we’re looking at a new me….or an old me come back visiting…

And it feels pretty nice!



14 Responses to “Changing Pace”

  1. CarlaHR Says:

    So glad that you are enjoying your new life style. Maybe I should consider going back to work if it results in weight loss – just kidding.

  2. Flying Blind Says:

    Excellent!!! I think I need to take a few years off to make me like going to work again!

  3. Floh Stiche Says:

    Dear Helen, I am glad that you had such a great start in a “new” life! I stayed home ten month and it looks like everybody leaned back and did nt do anything at all at home anymore. Now I started working again and I have to fight a little that they do their work in the household again… ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Julie Says:

    I’m so happy you love your job and how things are going, Helen. I miss your frequent posts, though, as I’m sure your other friends/readers do too. Are you able to take a picture of your workspace at your new job? And you play piano too? Amazing woman you are….

  5. Mary Says:

    Sounds like you are enjoying the change of pace. Work as a diet is a good one – it doesn’t work for me unfortunately!

  6. Dianne Says:

    What a peaceful , happy post! I’m so pleased that it is working out for you. I didn’t realise you played the piano too. Such a talented woman. I too would love a photo of you at your piano. I would love to play a musical instrument, but my one try to play the guitar was thwarted my the old arthritis – oh and my total lack of musicality! I hope when work settles down a bit, you can resume your sewing.

  7. Annabella Says:

    You sound on great form Helen – I think there is definitely something about putting on a suit and going to work and that lovely Friday evening feeling. You definitely appreciate your free time more. However, there is also that Sunday evening feeling and that’s not so great unless you love your job and luckily you do! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Susan Says:

    What a lovely, lovely post to read. So very happy to hear how positively the changes have gone and how happy you sound.

  9. Katy Says:

    Yay for feeling alive, glad it’s all going so well ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS I usually write my posts in my lunch hour, mail them home to myself and then copy and paste in… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Susan Says:

    I agree with the posts above, so great to read that the transition is going well – what a blessing!

  11. diane stanley Says:

    Congratulations. So glad you are loving your new schedule, job and changes that go with them

  12. MelD Says:

    Change is good, they say – you’re the living proof!

  13. Leanne Says:

    You sound so good, I am so glad that you are enjoying all of it. I only blog at most twice a week, and people seem to be happy to stop by when I do. You will find your own pace and it will be fine.

  14. grapes and hearts Says:

    Dear Helen,
    I’m sorry for having been quite for some time!
    I just came back to this post to let you know that I am really really happy for you! You seem to enjoy your “new life” and your post is bursting from energy. So happy to see you so positive aftes some rather thoughtful post in the last six months (Not that I bother in the least to read those posts as well, I’m just glad all came out so good for you eventually)!