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Work, life and things in between – Day 70 – A piece of the puzzle!

Work, life and things in between – Day 70 – A piece of the puzzle!

When I sat down to write this, 90 days had gone by since I had stopped working.  This was more time off than I ever had in my entire career with the exception of when my ex-husband and I were both laid off from the same company after it went belly up!  Since we had a house, 3 kids , a dog and more worries than we cared to deal with, it hardly felt like time off.

So, this was a novelty.  At the onset of a sabbatical, 90 days seem like a long stretch during which you will have plenty of time to do all the things on your to do list.

On that morning of the 90th day however it did not feel like such a long time at all and that “To do” list was barely touched. If anything it seemed to have grown longer.

So, what had I accomplished? Well, had I kept my every day “to do” list and reviewed everything I had crossed off, I am sure I would have been impressed.

Just off the top of my head, I could tell that my finances and my house were in order, my Montreal condo was furnished and rented, I had finally established that I would not seek employment in the Corporate arena in the near future, had brought my BMI back within the acceptable target (a nicer way to say that I had lost that extra weight or at least some of it!), became autonomous (almost) with my mobile apparels (laptop, blackberry, e-reader, Internet providers etc..) and renewed my frequent flyer status for another year.

What should also appear on the accomplishments list were numerous walks in the woods, laps at the pool, roller blades or bike spins around the sea wall as well as catching up with most of my friends.  I took a nice vacation to Europe, applied and was accepted to University (again) and attended at least half of the career transition classes (I was not done yet) I had registered for.

But wait there is more, I had also been known on my good days to cook. I had returned to yoga (just barely though) and last but not least, had started writing this blog and discovered how much I liked it.

So, overall, not bad for a girl who just wanted to be on vacation. No wonder it did not always feel like it though!

However, I did not believe I had resolved the core issue..  It still felt like what I would like to do did not tie up with earning an income.  Most of the time that is.

Of course, one of these days I would have to find that piece of the puzzle, but at that moment, it was nowhere to be found. To day 71.

  • Mirko Zgela

    November 1, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    I am glad that you have stop doing the executive things to concentrate on what you are doing best….writing,

    Good luck in the world of consultants….

    • Gisele

      November 1, 2011 at 8:50 PM

      Thank you for your kind words. I do enjoy it very much and I hope to get better and better at it. I also hope that you continue to read me and enjoy the blog.