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01 January 2014 @ 07:21 pm
Happy New Year.  
I felt funny walking out of work yesterday; in previous years there's been a huge feeling of relief that we'd made it to the end of another year, coupled with a desire to get absolutely plastered. I had none of that yesterday and it took a while to work out why (okay I never said I was the sharpest tool in the shed! *g*) - the 31st December is also the end of the first quarter in the financial year for the bank I used to work for, so you'd have this huge "thank god that's over" feeling for the end of the quarter. And then today of course everything is reset and here-we-go-again.

I am so glad to be off that roundabout. I don't wake up at 3am worrying about my targets, I don't toss and turn wondering how I'm going to make up missing sales, I don't have that constant feeling that if I stop just once to smell the roses I'll get run over. Sure, I work hard in my new job, and it's busy, but it's not the same pressure. I don't ever want to go back to that again.

So this year will be my year of gratitude. I've got hold of a little notebook, and every day I plan to write down at least one thing I'm grateful for - it will be fun to look back at the end of the year.
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Current Music: J S Bach Brandenburg Concerto #6
Merlin Pendragon: CH - Friendsmrlnpndrgn on January 1st, 2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
It's good to be off that merry-go-round!

Happy new year, and lots of happy memories to note down :-)

miwahni: B7 BlakeAvon Watching over youmiwahni on January 2nd, 2014 08:59 am (UTC)
It IS good! I feel a ton lighter.
I hope you have a good one too :-)
clmiles: Snow 02 (cardinal)clmiles on January 1st, 2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
I think a gratitude notebook is a wonderful idea! Since I want this year to be a hear of healing and growth for me, I think I might do something similar as well.

All the best to you for 2014!
miwahni: Cats Gandalf the grey and whitemiwahni on January 2nd, 2014 08:59 am (UTC)
I think it would be really affirming to get to the end of the year, and see how many good things really happened. And it's the little things, not just the whoppers, that make up our daily lives.
clmiles: Snow 02 (cardinal)clmiles on January 3rd, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
Yes, I think so too. I found a pretty little notebook to use, and I yesterday I started adding my blessings.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on January 1st, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)

This was a lovely post to read. :D

My older brother thrives in a high powered, high pressure sales situation and yet for my younger brother and I it would be a bloody nightmare.

Love the gratitude journal too.
miwahni: Cats Gandalf the grey and whitemiwahni on January 2nd, 2014 09:01 am (UTC)
I'm glad it made you smile.
I never enjoyed that situation either, and would never have deliberately sought it out. The job morphed over the years from a pure credit role into the pure sales role it is today. The results were brilliant, but achieving them was hell. SO much better off now.

moonlightmead on January 1st, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
I am not someone who thrives on any pressure at all, so I am doubly impressed. Yes, stop to smell the roses! Enjoy not being run over!

I love your idea of the notebook. I want to adopt it, only I already have too many little notebooks for different things. I think I need to start keeping all the things in one book. I shall put gratitude things in them anyway.

All the best for 2014!
miwahni: Boosh Listen to your heartmiwahni on January 2nd, 2014 09:02 am (UTC)
And you know what? The roses smell GOOD! :-)

I'm using a notebook that I used for other stuff, too, just so it's one less thing.
All the best to you too.