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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