I’m redundant but it’s not all bad

Those aren’t words I ever thought I would be writing. Maybe “I’ve got a new job” but not the business I have worked for for five years is not going to exist.

After the initial shock last week I have been trying to think about the positives:

  1. Change can be good.
  2. In the meantime I can work out more, get outside more. (Thank goodness it’s summer!)
  3. I’ve had a really lovely reference from my director, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with my lovely little team.
  4. Our flat will probably be very tidy over the next few weeks.

I’ve also been trying to think of things to fill my time with, because there is surely only so much sitting at home a person can do before they succumb to madness. My plans currently include:

  1. A daily gym visitScreen Shot 2016-05-31 at 3.22.04 pm
  2. A daily afternoon walkScreen Shot 2016-05-31 at 3.20.42 pm
  3. Seeing if I can temporarily volunteer at one of the charity shops near me, hopefully Shelter or Cancer Research.
  4. Working on this hear blog – get ready for some “living on a tight budget” posts!
  5. And obviously seeking gainful employment.

So that’s my positive outlook for the moment. I’ll let you know how I get on, and what I get up to. If you have any advice for me, it is most welcome!

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Lent as an Atheist

So it’s Mid Feb, and lent began last week. As an Atheist taking part in Lent I take it very seriously and like to challenge myself. I also find it a usual way to re-commit to the good choices I tried to make with my new years resolutions.

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None of this deliciousness for 40 days.

This year I have given up for 40 days:

  • Chocolate in all forms.
  • Spending Money on myself, be it for a t-shirt from H&M or a expense bought lunch on a work day.

And am taking up:

  • Working out at least 5 days a week.

I hope to save the money I would have spent on myself frivolously for the 40 days and donate it to the charity Shelter. I don’t know how much this will equate to, I think around the £100 mark.

I’ll let you know how I get on. Are you giving anything up for Lent? How’s it going?