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Back to reality

7 Apr

Sorry for the recent radio silence. This week I have been pushed into the deep end and I am fully immersed in the world of work and life back at home. This week has been business as usual: I’m back in German lessons twice a week, I skipped the writing club this week to meet up with some friends and, suddenly, it is the weekend again.

My first day in work I was absolutely dreading. For the record, a six week break is not a good preparation for starting another job. On the train into work, I was thinking about all the things that I would be missing out on doing at home: reading, drinking tea, having a nap and watching Judge Rinder in the afternoon. But it wasn’t long before these thoughts were a distant memory and I had Excel spreadsheets back on my mind.

The bad thing about working in Finance (and there are a lot to choose from so it is a tough decision to make) is that the beginning of the month is the busiest time. It is also the time when you normally start your job. I have had so much information thrown at me that, by the end of the day, my head has been spinning.

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It’s always interesting to see how things are versus what you were actually told in the interview. Interestingly, this is where our travels in South America have been very useful – nothing shocks me anymore. It is clear that this job will keep me busy and I will not be able to say that I am bored at any point. The best thing is that I know that I can make a contribution in this job, in a way that I wasn’t able to in my last job. I think it will be rewarding and hectic at the same time.

I have enjoyed being in the centre of the city and being able to go out for lunchtime or going for a walk along the river, when the weather has been good. It’s also nice that the company is a lot smaller and there are mini-perks, like fresh fruit is delivered twice a week to the office and tea and coffee is free. It is a different feel to the company but one which reminds me of the first big company that I worked for.

It’s now the weekend and I am taking time to recover from getting back to work. I was beginning to think that next week would be easier because I have already adjusted to working life, until I realised that this week was only a four day week. Oh well, perhaps next week will be even worse. Who knows? For now, I will enjoy the weekend. I hope your weekend is as relaxing as I am hoping mine will be!

New Year’s Resolution

1 Jan

As I am still very much trying to tick off all of the items on my #40Before40 list, I don’t think that I have any need to have very serious New Year’s Resolution because quite a lot of the items on the list will keep me going for the next four New Years.

I have, however, decided to make a conscious effort to get more sleep. I wrote an article about this towards the end of last year, especially how modern technology is having an adverse effect on my sleeping habits.

There is also research to suggest that lack of sleep can make you put on weight because when you feel tired, your body thinks that this is because you have a lack of sugar in your system and so you crave food. This can lead to overeating and weight gain. I thought at first that this was just a rumour with no truth to it. But I have found myself on a few occasions wondering why I feel so hungry. I then realise that this is purely due to the fact that I am tired rather than hungry.

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So, to help reduce my weight and to tell me get more rest at time, I will be trying to get to bed before 10pm, without laptop, phone or other electronic sleep-stealing device at least 3 nights during the week. This should mean that I get at least 8 hours sleep for 3 nights in the week, which would be a big step forward.

Over the past few months, I think that I have had as little as 5.5 hours per night on some weeks. I know that if I get into a good routine at the start of the year that I will be on track to carry it on in the following months. In no time, I should be getting my 40 winks.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions this year? Are you also resolving to get more sleep? Quit smoking? Get fit? Or do you have something more interesting that you are going to try to achieve in 2018?

A Time to Reflect

1 Jan

People always reflect on their lives at this time of year and look forward to the oncoming new year and the possibilities that may lie ahead.

Collectively, people say that 2016 was a bad year. Of course, there were horrible things happening all throughout the year from celebrities dropping left, right and centre and horrendous terrorist attacks. For me personally, my year was ok.

I say ok because nothing completely out of the ordinary and utterly amazing happened (like a lottery win*) but it wasn’t a disaster either. I moved apartments, I travelled to some fantastic places and ticked some more things off my bucket list but 2016 was business as usual.

For me, I hope that 2017 brings more of the same. Of course, there are things that I want to do and achieve during the new year but it is impossible to tell what life would will throw at you. This year could be exactly the same as last year: not so much stress, no disasters, just trundling along. However, I know from experience that life doesn’t always end up how you plan it to. I don’t want to ride my luck too much.

A friend of mine creates a MindMap of a One Year Plan every year which documents what he will do in all sorts of areas of his life from professional, to holidays, to charity donations and things that need to be done around the house. The idea is that you periodically review what you have done so far and then at the end of the year you should have ticked everything off.

I thought it was a good idea and tried it out one year. It turns out it wasn’t for me. I didn’t get to finish all of the documenting of what I wanted to do. I completely forgot about it and discovered it a few years later when I was preparing to move to Switzerland. And, before you ask, no, moving to Switzerland was not on the One Year Plan.

Next year I hope to improve some things that are on most people’s list: lose weight, eat healthier, read more. I already have some holidays planned and some more bucket list items are all ready to be ticked off. But more importantly, I hope for nothing more than health and happiness for me and my family and for the whole world to live in harmony and people. That’s not too much to ask for, is it?new-1872736__340

*The lottery win would be even more remarkable because I can’t remember the last time I bought a ticket. “You’ve got to be in it to win it!”