I’m back! It’s been far too long, and I’m glad to be sat typing away in my own little home office again, where I’ve always felt the most comfortable.
These past few weeks have been very strange. They started with me leaving a job I had been comfortably working in for nearly 6 years, to start a new ‘dream’ role elsewhere, and ended in having no official job title at all. It’s a very scary and unfamiliar place to be, ‘unemployment’. Most of your adolescent and adult life is consumed with work in some way. At 14 we are expected to choose which GCSE’s to do so that we bag that perfect job 7 years later, when we’ve already changed our minds about what we want to do with our lives approximately 12 times. And when we do get to adulthood, how many of us are actually ‘living the dream’? Most of us work to live, not the other way around.
I thought I’d found a way out of that mindset. A job that ticked all the boxes on paper. I was wrong. Perhaps I went into the situation wearing rose-tinted glasses, I don’t know. But after two weeks and questioning my own sanity several times, I left. And I’m so glad I did. Nothing is worth forsaking your mental or physical health, and in the long run I felt like that was what I would be doing every day I stepped foot in there.
For now, I’m focusing on getting my own work back on track, which has been neglected due to the life blip above. I’ve given the website a little spruce (I hope you all like it!) and now that I have some time on my hands I can start taking on design clients again, which I’ve really missed.
I guess the point of this post is that work is important, but your health & happiness should take priority, always. Even though you might feel like your world is collapsing, taking a step back might be just what you need to take that step forwards again. And I’m looking forward to taking that step, in my own time, on my own terms.