Well it's been a week since I finished up my last day at work. There was the lovely goodbye lunch and a thoughtful gift and BEST BIT OF ALL - my final pay cheque which included all my unused leave paid out and placed into my bank account..... a nice little buffer until I find another job.
The sweetest part of finishing work is having so much time on my hands, not rushing around trying to do all the stuff I need to do before it's time to go back to work again. I have been spending hours just tootling around the house or on my computer or reading a book. I've gone for walks in the lovely Autumn sunshine, I've taken the pushbike out for a spin several times (although there is still a bit of getting off and pushing it up those pesky hills). I've also had coffee with a few friends and with my lovely husband.
But all in all, I have done virtually nothing for a week and I am loving it! I didn't realize how much I needed to just relax and let life flow around me without the constant need to enjoy it before it was over and I was back to the 9-5 treadmill. I know that this is for a limited time, but it's rather nice not knowing what the future holds and just going with the flow.
I've never been the type of person who just lives in the moment - I'm usually too busy planning for the next step to try to avoid any unforeseen disaster - I'm a worst case scenario kinda gal. But this is so pleasant! I am just living day to day and not stressing about what is next on the list. I know that eventually I will have to do something constructive - whether it's finding another job or doing some volunteer work or whatever (even joining those craft groups or ladies' clubs......) but for now I am happy just.doing.nothing.
Sleeping in until 8am is becoming a favourite pastime, and I'm swapping between reading a not-too-awful fantasy series of books and the latest book from good old Nora Roberts (I think I've read just about every book that woman has written - included her JD Robb series). I'm trying not to stuff my face with too many nibblies (the pantry is way too close at times!) and I'm enjoying Dr Phil and all his advice to the people who subject themselves to his show. I know this will end soon, but I am really getting a taste for doing nothing - I just have to hope the holiday pay holds out for a bit longer! But for now I think it's time for a cuppa in the sunshine with the cat.
|a cuppa and a cat - midlife at it's sweetest!|
(This post is part of the #1word challenge with thanks to the ladies from The Golden Spoons, Blogitudes & Confessions of a Mommyholic - the word this week was "sweet")