I feel a lot like the Universe has been having a giant cosmic laugh at my expense.
I landed a job this morning, and in the greatest of all ironies, it's back in my old team at the bank. The very same team I left twice to go and do winter seasons. And it's on a contracting basis, which I'd just about given up on. Oh - and it's the same preferred rate I was going for in London, but in Bristol which is, y'know, cheaper, and the bank gave it to me without blinking when I named my price. Oh (one more time) and they approved my Vietnam trip leave without hesitation, because even though it's over month end, it just so happens that that month end isn't happening for one reason or another this reporting cycle.
Yeah. I'm struggling to get my head round it too.
For extra cosmic belly laughs, the Universe had my text announcing the job to a friend answered by a phone call a bare 5 minutes later saying that, yes, she was still looking for a flatmate and would be delighted to move in with me. Same budget and area I'm looking, flexible moving date, and since we lived together a couple of years ago, I know she's someone I can cohabit with, not kill and have fun with.
In the space of about an hour this morning, I'd gone from a tentative chat with a manager in my old team, to an agreed contract, a start date and a new flatmate.
It seems Fate just wanted me to wait 3 months for it all.
It's been a crazy morning, as I also had calls from my agents in London wanting to set up an interview for an interesting looking job on Monday, and a new agent who had received my CV from a friend and wanted to talk seriously big money jobs. I had to make my decisions about the job quickly and decisively, but as I realised when I told my existing Bristol agent about accepting the job and he asked if I was sure I was making the right decision given everything else on the table at the moment, I am sure.
I think this is the right thing for now - it feels right. It gives me time to recoup my security blanket of money that has dwindled over the last couple of months, whilst not needing to worry about my trip in November. It means I can start my next round of job-hunting during my last weeks in this role and from a position of financial stability, rather than the faintly desperate position I now find myself in. It's with a team I know I get on with, working for people I've worked alongside for the last 4 years - I know their foibles, strengths and weaknesses, and they know mine.
So life's taken another twist and I'm going with it, seeing where it takes me.
In the meantime, I have two weeks before I start back. For the last 3 months, I've not dared to stray far from my phone or home, in case I'm needed for interviews, etc. The next 2 weeks are finally free time. Everything is set now and I can breathe a sigh of relief and step away if I want to. I'm thinking I might check the weather and the surf report and wander off down to Devon or Cornwall for a few days - just take off and step away from the subtle tensions I've felt for the last few months. Take some books and uncouple from tech for a while.
Weigh in this week - 0.5lb off. Not a lot, but I'm happy with that. It's been a busy week with meetings and interviews, so lots of time in the car driving, and I still don't have a regular exercise routine, so I'm happy with this sort of maintenance I've been going through. I'm still lower than when I started back after my winter season, and as I said before I have no deadline - I just want to find a healthy relationship with food.
Happy weekend, y'all - I'm off to sit in the sun and marvel at how life changes in 24 hours.
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