I lost my job in the middle of January and it took a while to find something else. It wasn’t a surprise – it’s hard to keep people employed when the oil and gas clients keep going bankrupt. I was actually excited to not have to go back to the office. This was the first real job and spending all day at a boring office was not working out for me.
Now that I have found some things to take up my time and put money into my bank account and after some self-reflection, there were a few things that I have learned over the past couple months:
- Free time is actually not all it’s cracked up to be. The first few weeks were amazing – I got so much done but after those initial weeks I started running out of things to do all day. And I even was spending 2 hours a day in the gym.
- It’s the little things that add up. Money is a funny thing, everything revolves around it. I really noticed it the most for things like parking, buying water, a fitness class here and there.
- Savings is a real thing. It’s one thing to say you’re saving every pay cheque, but you only notice how much you’ve really saved when that is your only source of money. Let’s just say mine ran out real quick. Lesson learned.
- It’s a new opportunity. Take the time to figure out what you really want to do. I know this is probably a luxury for some people, I had my parents to help me out with money until I found something new.
- I need a flexible schedule. I’m not cut out for a 9-5 – some people are and that’s great. But I prefer a work space that allows me to work hard and get what needs to be done, done and then do something else productive like go to the gym or work on my own blog. Pretending to work is the biggest waste of everyone’s time.
- EI takes a damn long time so you better have a backup (savings or parents). I don’t even know what you would do otherwise, companies don’t like when bills go unpaid for that long.
I guess I am just saying that I am excited about the doors that opened after one closed (turns out the cliche is a real thing).