#214 // Love Mondays

Well look at this, two blog entries in one day. 

This is my first post for Rosalilium's Blog Everyday in November. Each day, she'll provide a topic to post about, and the collective that have signed up to take part will give their take on the day's topic. For me, I'm hoping that it'll help me get more content up, get into a better blogging pattern and be a way for me to get back to the roots of this blog as an online diary. So here goes... I love Mondays.

It's hard not to love Monday when you have the day off work. 

I've enjoyed a long weekend and I'm sure the Tuesday Blues set in on Sunday, and are even worse! I must admit, I've been stuggling a bit on the work side. I know these things ebb and flow, but it seems to be all ebb for the time being. I'm trying to change up my attitude, and remember why I started and all that jazz. But it doesn't help when you remember why you started and the answers no longer marry up. 

I don't really know where I want to go next, but I do know a few things: 

I enjoy the majority of the work that I do

...which makes me extremely lucky.* If I break it down into elements, I enjoy a lot of what makes up my day-to-day routine. Maybe it's that I'm itching for a newness, a new challenge or a complete change.  

*SIDEBAR: Actually, no, I'm not lucky in that respect. I've worked hard to ensure I'm in an environment and a role that suits me and I enjoy. And when that's stopped being the case, I've done something about it.

I'm craving a better work/life balance 

That should read even better work/life balance. I don't have it bad, but now I've moved in with Ben, my new location means that I shouldn't have to get on a tube AT ALL. And for those of you seasoned pros on the tube commute, you will know that if you can avoid it, you should!

I did a training course recently and deliberately picked a location close to home and oh my goodness... I got the train one stop and was door to door in 18 minutes. EIGHTEEN! I don't really know when it became de rigeur not to live and work locally. Yes, I know you have to go where the jobs are, but I'm getting to a point where I'll take the pay cut if I can be home an hour earlier, leave later, cook more, blog more, spend more time with friends and family, and heck, even go to the gym more. I can just about fit it all in now, but the more I think about it, the more I sculpt and craft how I want to live my life and how I define success, more time for those things is becoming increasingly important to me. 

And don't get me started on if I could do a four-day week...

There's more to life

I've been seeing the phrase "portfolio career" bandied around of late. And the more I hear of it, the more it completely speaks to me. Just because you enjoy something, doesn't mean you want or need it to be the be all and end all of your working life. I think I'd appreciate being around different groups of people, doing a few different things of a week. It would keep me on my toes, engaged and serve the varying characteristics that pulse through me and make me, me. 

So, we'll see. For now, I'm just mulling everything over in my mind. When I'm at work, I'm at work. I'm focused, I'm reliable, I'm on it. But, I can sense tides a-changing. So let's see what they bring...

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