Thursday, August 14, 2008

Out of the Race

Hey Blogville! It's been a while, and things move so fast on blogs these days. I've been quite busy in the last week. I've had a few posts stored up in my head, I just didn't have the time to come and update my blog. Now it's very early on Thursday morning, I'm very awake, so I decided to come and check up the updates on blogville. I was already having withdrawal symptoms all throughout the week, lol. I feel like I'm already out of the loop with gists on my favourite blogs.

Some things have changed since I last updated. My contract at work came to an end last Friday and I didn't renew it. So I've left my job (again) yay! My boss and colleagues gave me a nice send off with cards, flowers, champagne and some other nice stuff, which was great. I was actually not expecting them to give me anything since I had left the job before so it was a nice surprise. They really are a great company to work for with a nice culture. The only problem was the job itself! I heaved a huge sigh of relief when I walked out of the building and handed in my security pass. I don't think I can fully explain the feeling of a massive weight being lifted off my shoulders. Everyone was asking me what I'm going to do next and if I was ever going to come back (again!) but I didn't really want to say. I did tell two of my close friends over lunch and I promised to keep in touch and update them on my progress once in a while. I got home after leaving London on Friday afternoon and promptly crashed on my bed. Hubby came home much later and later he told me he had been talking to me but I didn't hear a thing. I was sleeping off the stress of commuting for six months!

Life seems a bit weird now, but in a good way. It feels good to be out of the 9 - 5! It felt good on Monday to ignore my 6.00am alarm clock and turn it off. It felt good not having to rush out of my house and dash to the station to catch the train into London. And it felt good to wake up not worrying about how on earth I'm going to survive another long, boring day at the office. I'm now looking forward to what the future holds. I have my goals for the rest of the year and many more ambitions I want to fulfil in the future so I'm asking God to hold my hand all the way. And already God is showing me things I might have missed because I had no time previously to consider.

I have to be very organised with my work though, because it is easy to get distracted with all the other stuff at home. I'm setting my daily and weekly targets and asking hubby to supervise, lol. I'm asking God for wisdom to balance my work with my other responsibilities. Especially when people expect you to be at their beck and call because you are at home, not at the office. Like yesterday, my neighbour popped round and asked if I would babysit her two kids while she went to the shops. I said it was okay because I wasn't working at that very moment. She came back in about three hours just as I was getting bored but it wasn't too bad. But she came in today again, wanting me to watch the kids again! I'm going to have to find a way to explain that I may be at home but I'm not idle and in need of something to do to fill up my time.

Well a few things are happening over the next two weeks; my cousin is getting married so there's a lot of excitement in the family. My sister is coming over from the US and I'm so looking forward to seeing her again. I haven't seen her since early 2007 so we have a lot of catching up to do. We're going to have a fun time together, even though she has also promised to clear out my closet. Sisters! Then we are going to have an engagement ceremony this weekend and the wedding next weekend so it's going to be a busy time! I'm going to be really disciplined with my time so I don't fall behind.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your week and the weekend!

PS: Has anybody been watching the Olympics? I feel as if it's been happening on another planet!

16 comments:

  1. Great to read an update from you and hooray for throwing off the shackles of your 9-5 so you can concentrate on your true calling!

    I hope you'll update us too as you update your close friends on your progress.

    And yes, do tell your neighbour exactly what you told us you'd tell her! You have important work to do at home, and babysitting isn't it! :)

    I have been watching the Olympics a tiny bit, still waiting for Canada to win one medal! I haven't seen any of Naija's football games though...

    Take care!

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  2. good for u girl...can't wait for my turn jare..lol..we can't do this 9-5 forever!!

    as for your neighbour..i think u shld use this opportunity to practice your assertiveness skills..or what do u think??? if not u might just become baby sitter ni yen o with no pay..lol

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  3. good for you to be away from the London commute stress!!and good luck with everything!!
    As for the Olympics - i have been thanks to Sky+ and happy that my lil depressing Zimbabwe has 3 silver medals thanx to 1 Kirsty Coventry!!

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  4. Yay yay yay! FG is back to being her own boss! lol...
    It needs a lot of discipline to be honest, that's what i've founs out in the last few months. And like aloted said, please practise your assertiveness tips with your neighbour, you're not home to be a baby sitter!

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  5. Hi FG,
    Welcome back, my comment on your blog!  I can totally relate with you leaving your job, my husband did the same in May to pursue his true calling and I can tell you that it is challenging, but God’s grace and favor is truly amazing! Here are a few tips that might help you:

    - Waking up and getting dressed like you are going to work, it puts you in the mind set

    - Establish your work space and keep yourself organized, not having your work (in your case, writing) documents around the house, make sure it is not in front of the TV!

    - Setting goals and having someone you can be accountable to (You are already doing this). Also remember you bigger boss (GOD!) is watching you 

    - Since you are not longer 9-5, it might seem more like a 24 hour job, so give yourself some breaks, don’t feel like you have to work 24hours everyday (sometimes I have to tell my husband that we need some “we” time!)

    - Set your work schedule, my husband is a little non-conventional, for example his spends most of Mondays seeking God, studying the Word, listening to messages etc. His Tuesday’s are to learn, so he is doing research, reading books, learning from other sources. His Weds and other days are to meet with clients, go out on the field etc. He also goes to a lot of networking events, imagine his flexibility!

    - As for the people that might ask you to do random tasks like babysit, go pick up a package etc, make sure you establish to yourself when you are available and when you are not, so that you know how to respond to those sorts of request.

    - And this should be first, surround yourself with God’s word and confess it daily, keep the vision alive!

    Be blessed and I pray for much success in your endeavors, I apologize for the lengthy comment!

    -A

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  6. yeah,,all has been said about that neighbour..been watching bits and pieces, i hav not seen nigeria anywhere apart from soccer..i know we'll be in for the sprint races..
    all the best as u set out to write your heart out..peace

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  7. Me and the Olympics are like two different people. I only saw the commercial on youtube.

    NB: I am happy for you concerning the job thing. Tell your neighbour next time that you are not going to be home. That way she will stop bugging you. If you say it the first time, second time. She will definately get the message.

    Try to keep yourself busy and read business magazines or start a craft in order to think of your own business to start up. Stay at home mama or chic can be a very boring experience and make one gain weight. Seriously!

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  8. Nice to have you back. I must say am a tad jealous of you. I wish it was that easy for me not to renew a contract.

    So jollification for you now. E good sha.

    And ehn ehn...me no get interest for Olympics.

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  9. Pink-Satin1:49 AM

    men this is the 1st olympics i havent followed!!u so lucky to ignore ur alarm 6am i wish i could do the same

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  10. Wow! I am so happy for you.
    All the best in your future endeavours...I know that this time around...you will make make yourself proud...no doubt! I'm praying along with you!

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  11. LOL @ the olympics. I have not watched one single bit of it. I don't know why.

    COngrats on quitting the 9-5. You go babe!

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  12. don't know a thing of what is going on n d Olympics. crazy, isn't it. i hear abt it, but have never watched it.

    daz a brave thing u did abt ur job! wow. but yeah, if u r a stay @ home wife/mother, most pple will assume u r jobless.

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  13. Same Thing is happening to moi

    i dunno a thing about the olympics.

    its like olym??

    so they still do it???

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  14. I am addicted to the olympics. Unfortunately, my favourite competitor crashed out of the BMX finals-

    I can't believe you quit your job. I will be so afraid to give up the security of my monthly cheque! Well done and I am sure you will be very well, in whatever you decide.

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  15. Congratulations on taking that step so many of us are afraid to take and all the very best in this venture!

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  16. Well the gal was not calm at all, in any case you really can,t ascertain from the poor picture quality and distance.
    so many details are lost in this footage.

    http://psanctuary.blogspot.com/

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