A change is as good as a rest
This September I started a new job after working at my previous place for over 12 years. I have never considered myself as someone who particularly enjoys change and related to the Cheers theme "You want to be where everyone knows your name!" One of the main reasons that I stayed at my last job for so long was the relationships I had with the wonderful staff. I knew who to go to if I had a problem and felt comfortable being myself. For years this kept me very happy and motivated in a challenging and never relenting school but over the past two years something changed. I don't know what triggered it, maybe it heading into a new decade of my life, but something didn't feel right. I felt tired all of the time, picked up every bug going and had a lower self esteem than normal. I was snappy with my husband and lacked energy to do much. Luckily I found my creative mojo again and this helped me enormously. I started making, doing craft fairs and discovered the creative folk of Instagram. This all definitely gave me more of a spring in my step but still it wasn't enough. I comfort ate and grew in size which also effected my self esteem. I have always considered myself as a confident person who doesn't really get stressed but I suppose we all have our weaker moments.
So after a good talk to myself and some soul searching I decided I needed a change in my career. I was lucky enough to get a new job that started in September. I was over the moon but also so scared of the unknown. I worked with a wonderful team at my old place and felt really nervous at what I was letting myself in for. Starting my new job has been amazing. I have felt so much more happy and energised. I have worked harder than I have in years and have loved every moment. I have had lack of sleep some nights because I have been so excited for my new job and running through different ideas in my head. It has brought its challenges but even these have only given me fresh problems to solve. I know the saying is that "A change is a good as a rest" but I am truly surprised as how true this is. I was thinking of giving up education altogether in my old job but having new challenges has really given me a new love for the profession. My husband has commented on how much happier I am; I sing when I am cooking dinner rather than snapping; I don't need as much sleep and have even joined the gym to try and feel healthier and shift some of this weight I have gained over the past two years. The day to day change has made me so much happier and excited for the week ahead. It has made me change my mind about fearing change and made me embrace it. Pushing you out of your comfort zone really can make you feel more alive and full of zest. It's amazing how everything in you life effects each other so it is so important that it is all calm and balanced.
If any of you are feeling how I felt about anything in your life I hope that I can inspire you to make that change you are considering. What's the worst that can happen? The only thing that you should regret in life is not taking opportunities given or taking chances. Life is too short to simply plod along, make sure you are making the most out of your days.
I'd love to hear if you have a similar experience. Please comment below or leave me a message.
Thanks for reading, Rebecca xxx