Joblessness has officially ended. I start next Monday with a local high-tech company as an application support specialist. It's a challenging position with on-call requirements and a steep learning curve for someone whose unix skills just might be a little rusty. I'm so excited!
I have learned much about the elusive work-life balance since my last career job. I understand how important good food, sleep, exercise and play is for my performance. I'll need stamina and a clear mind for this job.
I'm happy that we have simplified our lives to be able to focus on what really matters to us. Having only a tiny apartment with the bare essentials in it means I don't have to spend much time on maintenance. We share a car that neither of us needs to get to work, so it sits quietly waiting to ferry us to the rock gym or the marina on weekends.
I wake early to run and practice yoga, so my body/mind is ready for the day.
My work wardrobe is basic, easy and machine-washable. I wear two rings and the same earrings I've worn for over 20 years. I don't have to comb my hair. I have two pairs of office shoes (boots and clogs).
We eat simple vegetarian stews or stir-fry, so meal prep is straightforward. I use a menu-planning, grocery list, recipe manager that saves much thinking time. Packing my lunch is quick and easy - some combination of apples, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, and leftovers.
All this simplification means I can focus on work during the day and focus on my own life priorities the rest of the time: talking with my kids on the phone, playing with my husband, planning travel adventures for our vacation days and a little reading thrown in for fun.
Bring it on, Monday!