I now have pink hair!! Hhahaha I wish! My hair is still dip dyed orange, but sometimes you need a remind yourself not to take life to seriously - hence the choice of photo.
I've decided to do a 'Life update post' because life has handed me a fork in the road, and I'm at the point in life, where the next decision I make will change my life forever.
This is all because I have joined the 'redundancy club'. I'm not sad, gutted, stressed or worried about it; it's actually dare I say it - really good timing. This time last year, I was stuck in a job that I wasn't enjoying, though I was bloody good at it. It wasn't what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing. So, I made the decision, took a £5k paycut and left my working life to start a career. At 23 I'm on the cusp and maybe to old, to start the career game from the bottom again, but I wasn't happy in my current work situation so the decision to me was easy.
'Do you live to work, or work to live?'
My friends and family were really supportive, they were worried about me, starting the game and taking such a paycut at my age, when I soon will be wanting to buy a house, get married, settle down etc. But they could see it was what I wanted to do and held my hand during the transition. So, almost a year to day, I said goodbye to Hong Kong Finance Administrator Hannah and hello Boutique Manger and Assistant Buyer Hanna.
As it was a 'career' changing move I had my life planned out to only stay in the job a year, gain the experience and then move on up the ladder to 'Assistant Buyer'. Because of plan I already had in my head, I started to look around for new job and seeing what was out there. I hadn't applied for anything yet, but I was making checks on the 'buying' world, seeing what was out there, being sure I had all the expirence and expertise I needed and was there anything else I could do, to make myself more attractive to a future employer. This recession means is a dog eat do world out there, and I need to make sure I am the best I can be, to get the job I want and stand out from the crowd.
This why I am not upset or stressed about being made redundant, because it now just confirms what I already had planned, and is making it all happen quicker. - It also means I don't have the horrible task of handing in my notice while my boss is working in Thailand! I would've felt like a right BITCH.
So, being honest I am looking forward to my redundancy. I've been working 9am-6pm, with no lunch break, 5 sometimes 6 days a week for the last 6 months. I work my arse off to get the boutique online, intising new customers, coming up with the idea's for promotions, holding party events, visiting fashion agencies, having meetings with different brands and designers, receiving and placing stock orders. shipping customers orders all while working on the shop floor, serving customers all day, giving style advise, watching for shop lifters and visual merchandising the shop - I'm exhausted!
So what is my plan for the next month? Well, the boutique isn't closing for another 2 weeks, and there is still lots to do there. Then, I'm looking forward to having a rest-bite, re-charge my batteries, watch some daytime tv and drink lots of tea! I'm fortunate to still be living at home with my Ma, I don't have a car (sold that to pay for the new job!), no debts and with a little persuasion with my mom, the only bill I really have is my phone bill. So money isn't really an issue, I'll just have to stop buying clothes for a while, which isn't a bad thing. Of course, I've started looking for a new job straight away. Though my boss says, I'll find a job really quickly, you just don't know how long it will take. And the longer you are out of work the harder it is. If it does take longer than I hope, I'll like to do some volunteering. I think it is important to stay in the routine of work and getting up evey day, even if I have nothing to get up for. But time off will mean I can concentrate other things in life that I don't have time for. I could set up my own online shop, (something I have been thinking off for a while), I can finish the book I started writing, finish the 18502882's of books I have sat unread, watching all the DVD's that I received for Christmas and not watched, and most importantly I can blog more often! haha! of the course that is the best option! haha! Seriously though, blogging - It could swing either way, I could become really annoying and blog constantly or not at all, it will just depend on how much life gets in the way over the next month. while looking for the new job.
So, this is my life right now as you know it.
Until next time....
PS. my brother was made redundant last month and found a new job in 2 days! I need to beat his record :)