The Bloke and I met up with a friend that we haven’t seen in a few years. As we were chatting and catching up, he asked us a question that has been in my head ever since:
‘So, what’s the plan next?’
I suddenly realised that, for the first time in over two years, I didn’t have a plan, or goal, or even a general direction that I wanted to go in. Since 2015 I have changed my job, got engaged, got married and been on our honeymoon, and these large life adventures have predominantly taken up the majority of my headspace. Now that it’s all done and dusted, what do I do now?
It isn’t a negative thing at all – I don’t feel lost or sad in any way, I love what my job role is evolving into and I’m motivated to develop it even further, The Bloke and I are happy, I’m in frequent contact with and regularly see my family and friends… It’s a charmed life and I’m very lucky. However, I do feel like I need to start moving forward with something, I’m just not quite sure what that something is yet.
While I’m figuring that out, the post-honeymoon period has motivated me to become a little more organised and get rid of things around the house that we haven’t used in a long time. We sold nearly 100 DVD’s to a local store, put some items up on eBay for sale and then, on a completely spontaneous whim, found ourselves at a car boot sale at 6.00am the other day. It was freezing cold and pitch dark, and we were a little intimidated by the bargain-hunting men with flashlights who didn’t even give us chance to unpack before they were rummaging around in the boxes to see what we had. However, by the end of the day we had pretty much sold the majority of the items we took with us and I learned some valuable lessons on the sorts of things that people like to buy… EVERYTHING. I had left quite a few things at home thinking that they wouldn’t be of interest to anyone, but I was kicking myself later on as it was obvious that we would have easily been able to sell much more. I also had lots of interesting conversations, including with a lovely woman who made her living from selling at car boots and across eBay, and a random man who came over to tell us extensively about a book he’d been reading about DNA… as you do… It was a surprisingly enjoyable morning, we made far more money than we expected and the experience has inspired me to participate more often in car boot and jumble sales. Good for the wallet, good for the home…
I’m also starting the preparations for Christmas now that it’s nearly December. I wouldn’t do anything normally until a few weeks before (although in previous years I have picked up presents in the sales at various points) but this is our first ever Christmas together at home (and it will be our first as a married couple), so I’m beyond excited! I don’t care if others think that it’s in bad taste – the decorations are going up at the start of the month and I’m determined to enjoy it every minute of it!
What about you guys? What are your plans for the last month of the year?
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My plans mainly involve sleep & eating for the last month of the year. A lot like a hibernating bear. I know what you mean though, after I got married there was definitely a “huh, what now?” moment. There’s only one thing for it Suzie- world domination.
World domination? I like the sound of that haha!
I think school has my month pretty much planned out! But I will be in Brum for one weekend!!!!
Woo! And if it’s the weekend I think it is I will be up in Sheffield with The Bloke’s family! We just can’t get a break can we?
I’m coming on Friday! This week! Planning to visit Shelley at her stall at Hogarths Market in Doritch if you’re free!!!! Xxx
We’re travelling up straight after The Bloke finishes work – what time?
I rented a table for a table-top sale once. Made le zero profit, but the people watching was stellar.
And my Mom will be visiting for Christmas. The first time we’ve spent the holidays together in like, 15 years. Baileys is mah fren.
Bahahaha! You know that’s what I’m going to hear every single time that I see Bailey’s now…
My job is done. 😉
Good for you! I say enjoy your bliss and the next step will come when the time is right. Now that we have had Thanksgiving here in the U.S. I am happy to move on to Christmas. I moved a few weeks ago so I haven’t decorated yet. I don’t think I’ll have a tree, but I will put some things out.
How’s things going with the new house now?
Still no tree – but I am fine with that. I’m starting to get things up on the walls, which makes me feel happier.
How lovely to have your first Christmas together as a married couple. December for me means a new placement at our local hospital, an exam, a couple of essay submissions and extensive dental work, as I need to have 5 teeth out, oh and of course, Christmas! 🙂
Oh my gosh Judy that’s busy haha! How’s your new placement going?
I am back to 12 hour shifts on a hospital ward so pretty knackered. Once I get this exam out of the way on Tuesday I can breathe a bit easier. 🙂
How did your exam go Judy?
Well, it seemed to go ok, but then I don’t want to jinx it, especially after I failed one of the essays which I wasn’t even worried about! I will get results on 15th Jan. x
I like your enthusiasm 🙂 It’s infectious. Although we don’t celebrate Christmas ourselves, I love this time of the year when the spirit of forgiveness hangs in the air and you can let go of so many things that may have seemed hurtful. I look forward to the New Year with gratitude, love and joy and bless 2017 for all the wonderful lessons it’s sent my way. Wishing you well for your Christmas prep, Suzie and a lovely first Christmas as a married couple.
Thanks so much lovely! I absolutely love this time of year but I know that I’m going to be extra excited as I know that I won’t have to travel anywhere this year!
If I had a vote about a future direction now that you’re squarely in utopia (and I don’t 😉 ), I’d recommend extending your reach as a Social Media Manager. I don’t know what I’d do without your help.
Thanks lovely! You’re so brilliant to work with!
Read a little, write a little, but mainly enjoy the season and spending time with the people I love.
That’s lovely! I’m looking forward to that too!
You deserve just to breathe!! you do so much already but I mean if you are looking for something to do then you can always write a book or BOOKS. That should keep you busy for a few months. hahaha.
As for myself, I’m enjoying a chaotic free life and planning for trips in the near future……what better way to spend my settlement from my divorce right? hahaha
I’ve been following your new blog! I’m so pleased that you’re doing well!
Sounds like you can unwind and relax for the holiday season, and then look at what the future could be in the New Year. I think your business is already going well – how to expand it now?
That’s a really exciting and scary thought all at the same time haha!
Well my plan is to celebrate International Volunteer Day on 5 December with all the wonderful volunteers in the organisation I work for. Just mopping up after my daughter’s 21st birthday last week and then will start to think about Christmas 🙂
How did you get on with International Volunteer Day?
Hi Suzie. Thanks for asking – and remembering. We had a celebration evening at the Brisbane Convention Centre for 500 volunteers. Awards and certificates were presented . The longest being 45 years of service to a chap who volunteers on the Lifeline crisis telephone support. (Like the Samaritans). Imagine 45 years of doing that – amazing achievement!
Oh wow! That’s amazing!
I won’t be in Brum until late on Friday as I have to travel after school, but will be in Doritch after lunch some time on Saturday…!
Totally ended up missing you again!
I didn’t even get to Brum with this weather!!!
I bet! What’s it like near you?
We got some today but not much… but I couldn’t risk the drive and the chance of getting stuck there!
And after my Feb accident… nah!!!!!
The kids would love to see snow like Brum but so far we haven’t! Did you risk going up north? X
We did – it was fine once we go out but we came back yesterday, and we’re glad we did haha!
I am rushing to finish painting the life-size Nutcracker my daughter gave me last Christmas. I should not have left it to the last minute, especially since oil paints take so darn long to dry.
Oh wow! It’s been years since I painted anything! Did you get it finished?
It was finished about two days before Christmas, then set in front of the living room window. Hopefully I can do a blog post about it, and other things in the next few days. December was a terrible migraine month for me.
Oh I’m really sorry to hear that! I get migraines when I’ve been staring at a computer screen for too long and that’s not pleasant – I can’t imagine how tough that must be if it goes on all month!
Pretty much screws my day up, lol (looking on the bright side).