End of an era and the start of something new….

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Well this week has been an interesting one to say the least. Not only is it the end of another year approaching, for me, it is the end of an era. It has been a time, that I never thought would come, but then I never thought I would ever get to work for the company of my dreams, doing a job that I love.

Thursday saw me spending the last day in my office, as I prepared to finish my current role before moving onto pastures new in January. Decisions made purely on the basis of career wants and needs. My new step will take me into bigger and tougher challenges. I will be drawn into more complex and demanding situations but I will be pushed to become better than I ever thought possible.

At times over the last month, I have questioned if I am ready for the role? If I can do the role? and if this is right? Part of that comes from my earlier statement but also leaving a monumental company with a world renowned reputation and brand. I think the real challenge for me, was did I want to leave my ideal company? or did I want to push my career another few steps further forward?

Naturally my innate ambition won out – why because I am naturally competitive, I want to be the best. I love to be challenged and this new role will certainly be that. Moving back from a global company to a more local and European perspective will be only one of the many challenges I am facing. Nonetheless, like everything else in my life I will stare down the barrel, look over the edge and blindly step into the unknown, and hope my skills, wit, sense of humour, integrity, professionalism and tenacity to succeed will hold me in good stead.

So for me it is out with the past, in with the new. And all I can think to say is “hello future”, what do you have in store for me today?

Ramp up

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So things have started to ramp up for the holiday.  With less than three weeks to now go and the delivery of all tickets excluding our Orlando Flex Pass – we are already to go.    Just printed off details for the booked show, and the travel insurance details, need to go and do some pre-booking and alterations for the car hire in a while and then we are done.  Packing still needing to be done, and dig out Driving Licences, but we are then already to go.

Given this weekend I chose not to study given that is all I have done for the last 6 months, I choose to take a weekend off, so I have transplanted some overcrowded tomatoes, in our little balcony forest.  Discovered a pepper plant hiding both amongst my tomatoes and lettuces – very  surprised as I thought I had managed to kill them all off – wonders will never cease.  Although choosing to do all this dirty work in a white gypsy style skirt probably was not the brightest idea I have every had! oh well!  The shower was good to cool down in  Mr M finishes work in a bit so will go collect and we will wander over to Harris & Hoole and grab a coffee or cooler and some goodies to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.  On top of that  I have now pre-ordered my new Robin Hobb book for the kindle and downloaded the Joe Abercrombie  Half a King.  Having not read any Joe Abercrombie books, interested to see how it turns out, although it comes recommended by Mrs Hobb herself so I am sure it can’t be that bad!

Have fun everyone, enjoy your weekend and chat soon

22 days and counting

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With now nearly just over 3 weeks to go to our annual holiday, the 2nd in 2 years, a first for both my  partner and I. I must admit I am getting a little excited; especially given that today I had my first exam for my professional qualification for CIPS today too.  My priority has always been exam and then holiday, although I am sure work colleagues and people who know me will tell you that this has not always Ben the case. In fact at times when I have found the going tough,knowing tat the holiday is just around the corner had just keep me going, especially when I have just wanted to throw in the towel.  However having one out of the way and feeling that it went  quite well, especially having for getting home and checked a couple of points that I had felt I had got back to front, I cannot help feel that unless something has gone disastrously wrong then all should be well when the results are issued on then 8th of October.

So why all the excitement over the holiday well we are off to Disney Florida of course.  Having never been and always wanted to go, I am slowly reverting back to an even smaller child then what I already am.  However between now then I have several big tasks to complete at work including account transitions as I move into my new role and all the challenges that brings. Preparing and finalising my presentation for our women in technology event , which is a 6 week paid internship to A-level students looking to work in the IT and finance sectors.

Despite this I know Disney is calling and with days also  planned for universal – with the new wizarding world of harry potter & diagon alley, sea world, NASA and Busch gardens whilst we are put that, I am not sure how much of a restful vacation this will be.  I am also concerned that since it has been a life long dream I am not convinced I won’t blub the moment we get to the resort, see cinders castle for the first time or Downtown Disney, either which way I expect it to be a holiday we  won’t forget.  In addition to this it is our first real holiday as a family as my step-daughter is also coming along, which makes the event even more exciting for myself and my husband too.  As she commented on a recent post by her father you are never too old for Disney and I thought excellent may Disney holidays to come woo hoo, which is great once my niece and nephew have expressed a wish for us to take to them yo see mickey and Minnie too.