What is it they say about the best laid plans – they often go awry. Well, in my case that has indeed happened! Hello, avid fans – all 11 of you! 🙂 My daughter has been moaning at me to resurrect my blog even though most of you know what’s going on in my life anyway. But seeing as I am mostly sitting at home twiddling my thumbs these days, there is no harm in putting fingers to keyboard and giving an update to those who may not be totally up to speed.
When I left you 3 months ago, I was pretty certain of my plans for 2018. I would continue working in London until May and then follow my dream of teaching in Mexico and saving turtles in Costa Rica.
That all fell apart when the company I had been working for, for over a year, told me that my services were no longer required and gave me a week’s notice! Considering it was only meant to be a 3-month contract I feel very grateful that it lasted as long as it did! However, I already had a holiday to South Africa booked and because Khaya was coming back from Thailand on a certain date I couldn’t move the trip forward. So I ended up being out of work for a month already before I got back from SA and could actively start looking for a job again. I very quickly realised that this is the wrong time of year to start looking for a job. Also, the process in the UK is SO slow. First of all there is a cut off date for applications and they don’t look at any of them until that date. Thereafter there is a first interview (usually a phone call). Then one or two more interviews before the candidate is chosen. So the whole process can take months, which I do not have. I was literally looking for anything – temp, permanent, contract, even secretarial work. Signed up at various agencies, a couple of bites, but mainly crickets!!
So my thoughts turned to what else I could do and to be quite honest, the thought of continuing in the digital space doing the kind of job I have been doing, was not filling me with great excitement. I knew that the next job I got, I would not be so lucky with regards working so close to home etc. It was then that it dawned on me that I should just push the teaching plan forward. Yes, it changes my plans a bit (Mexico and saving turtles will have to wait) but hey, I’m learning to roll with the punches and not take changes in plans so seriously. To my mind it’s still better to have a plan than none at all.
So this is where I am at the moment. Still jobless and with absolutely no idea what the future holds. I’ve applied for some teaching jobs but because my dates are so specific – I really cannot afford to wait longer than January to get a job – it narrows the teaching jobs down as well. I could still get a job in London but my heart has already packed my bags and left the country. At the moment my strongest leads are in Taiwan and Vietnam. So after never ever believing I would go to that side of the world and teach, it seems that fate is pushing me in that direction.
How am I filling my days you ask? Besides the lack of monetary income, I cannot lie and say that I am not enjoying this forced holiday. First of all the weather is perfect for my current lifestyle. I still wake up early but then I lie in bed and drink loads of coffee and read and catch up on emails etc. before I even think of arising. Once I have arisen I do any errands that I need to – usually food shopping and then I get on my bike (I would say weather permitting but hey you gotta take the bull by the horns in this climate and roll with the punches again!). Luckily, I have figured out the English weather. It very seldom rains in the morning. It looks like it’s about to pour ALL the time, but it usually holds off until the afternoon so you have a fairly good chance of making it home dry. So, my mornings are filled up well. The afternoons are for watching Netflix, reading some more and making dinner. It’s dark by 4 so if nothing else is going on I am often asleep by 9! This is made easier by everyone in SA being 2 hours ahead now so they are all turning in at 9 too (except it’s 11 their time which is far more respectable).
I’m loving having the time to explore my hood on my bicycle. It has taken me many months to build up the courage to go out on the road on my bicycle and I am still so nervous every time I do. But it has allowed me to explore so much more of this awesome place I live. The past 16 months have been a such an awesome journey. I feel very happy that I am getting to spend the last while I am here exploring and being active.
So that’s my life in a nutshell at the moment. Had such an amazing SA holiday and now counting down the days until Dan and then Nick come for possibly their last visit to visit me in London!!!!
It feels weird not knowing what my future holds!
Watch this space … more to follow soon!