A new dawn

The sun rising over a calm lake.
A new dawn over Lake You: yesterday

“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good,” sang someone once. I could find out who on Google, but I can’t be bothered. Muse covered it though, I know that much. Anyway, I’m surprised and pleased to report that those lyrics are resonating with me today. I genuinely thought my soundtrack for the next week was going to be The Smiths’ Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, so this is good news!

Thursday was my last day in a job I’ve really loved. I’ve made some good friends there and also feel like I’ve helped make a difference. It was great, but the contract’s up, the role’s being discontinued and that’s that. I felt horribly sad about the prospect of going in, but it was a nice day and I got a good send off from my awesome colleagues. I didn’t have time to trip over my bottom lip and it was a day characterised by smiles and cake. I’m also now the proud owner of a cool compact keyboard for my tablet so I can blog on the go, as well as several bottles of beer better off. There was a bottle of wine too, but Kate and I may have polished that off already. Haven’t I done well? Thank you, guys!

So a new chapter begins and I’m strangely excited about it. Of course, there’s the prospect of a potentially long, frustrating slog to finding the right job, but I’ve got time on my hands now and it feels amazing. I’m going to spend more time with the family, of course, and am looking forward to the little things like not falling asleep on the sofa the minute Kate and I sit down at the end of the day, collecting Dylan from pre school and enjoying conversations with Xander now he can string sentences together.

I can also get round to doing all the odd jobs I’ve been putting off for ages – we’ve already put down new lino in the kitchen and unblocked a drain, oh yes! – so that’s a result too. There’s going to be more blogging and Xbox time as well and that’s an added bonus. I haven’t had more than a week off in over a year, so I’m going to treat this as a bit of a holiday and really bloody enjoy it. I’m back off to Lake You. So there!

I’d spent the previous two months consumed by stress and anxiety and it turns out that it was the actual act of leaving that I was worried about rather than the uncertainty afterwards. As well as being a great relief, this tells me that I’m not worried about finding a new job. I know I’m going to find one soon enough and we’ll more than survive until then, so I’m relaxed.

How long will this last?!


  1. Sarah Miles

    Glad to hear you are feeling upbeat, even after some drain work!

    Fingers crossed for a new job soon, meanwhile, enjoy the rest x

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      Thanks Sarah – it was anything but draining. Both the drain before we fixed it and the experience of unblocking it!

  2. Tom @Ideas4Dads

    Good to read your in high spirits – all the best with the job hunt 🙂

    Will leave you with some wise words 🙂

    A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;

    an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

    Winston Churchill

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      Cheers Tom – some sage advice there too. Yep, it’s always best to look on the bright side. 🙂

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      Thanks Jonathan – already enjoying the family time and there’s an application in for an absolutely amazing job too. Keeping everything crossed!

  3. Brian

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your time off Tom. It was really lovely working. Work is a joyless void without you. I’m sure you’ll find a job soon so for just take it nice n easy 🙂

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      Thanks Brian – nice of you to say such kind things. Particularly after I called you Billy-Ray every Friday… Enjoying the time off and I’m sure I’ll be back on the 9-5 boat soon. Stay in touch or else! 🙂

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