This time last year I was unemployed, having been made redundant at the start of the year. January had been tough - I was at the lowest point I’d been since my counselling finished at the end of 2017.
It wasn’t the way I’d planned on starting the year. I’m the kind of person that needs a routine, something to get up for, otherwise I can get lost inside my own head and spiral into a depressive state.
I decided I needed to take a step back from my new routine of getting up and searching all day for jobs and applying to them. So my boyfriend and I took a trip to visit my Dad in Norway, and then went on to explore Iceland. It was the best decision we could have made at that time.
I came back refreshed and with a new attitude to my situation. Although it still took a lot of mental strength (for every application I never heard back from, for every interview I didn’t succeed in) I no longer positioned myself as a (self-proclaimed) ‘hopeless victim’.
I saw this as the perfect opportunity to start over; to do the things I really wanted to do which working hadn’t allowed me to make time for. I knew that so long as I kept my head up and kept moving forward with job applications, the right opportunity would come up.
I got through 4 months of unemployment, succeeded in getting the job I really, really wanted, and a year on I can finally see that redundancy was a major blessing in disguise.
If your year hasn’t started the way you’d planned or thought it would start, please remember that everything really does work out for the best. Life can be a test; a constant learning curve - so take each moment as it comes, embrace it and ask yourself what you can do next to get you where you want to be.
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