Changes

When you get to a certain age, you start to look back over your life. I find myself doing that more and more. I’m not OLD, but I’m not young either. I’m closer to 60 than 50. Of course I’ve been influenced by events and people over the years, but I’ve done most things my way, and I’m proud of it.

Beat the clock

I was born in the fifties…Of course I remember nothing of those years. I was too young. I don’t even have any photographs. For some reason this TV show pricks my memory. Bruce Forsythe and ‘Beat the Clock’

Twiggy

Twiggy

I do remember the sixties…I became a teenager during those exciting years. Looking back the sixties changed everyone’s life. Twiggy, Rock Festivals, oh the music.

Ch ch changes

Ch ch changes

I do remember the seventies…I drove my parents insane during those exciting years. The music was the best I can remember. David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Lou Reid, Motown. David Bowie was my idol. I dyed my hair red, spiked it up and became his biggest fan. I traveled all the way from my home in Brompton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire to see him perform at Earls Court in London. It was one of the highlights of my life. I got married in 1977 too! I’m still married. In the time that getting divorced was the thing to do, we stay married. It wasn’t always a bed of roses, but after 38 years we’re still together.

The eighties

The eighties

In the eighties music, and the world turned weird…hairstyles and fashion were garish and bright. There was some good music, but no one seemed to have any direction. I had a blast during the eighties because I was in my twenties and living in Germany. I also gave birth to a beautiful baby girl so the eighties were special for me.

In the nineties…we moved to the good old US of A. It was an exciting adventure. We made new friends, learned the American language (which is much different to British English), visited San Francisco, rode horses, went to baseball games. It was different and we liked it. We must have liked it a lot, we’re still here!

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And now we’re in the 21st Century…wow!

My daughter is married and living in a different city. She earns more than me! I’ve become a writer, just part-time because I still work. What do I think of the 21st Century? I love it…but I still listen to David Bowie!

I’ve written lots of short stories about the seventies, which are currently being edited, but my first novel is set in Germany in the eighties. Its a ghost story called Dead of July.

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When Opportunity Slaps you in the face!

In February of 1999 I was working in a small law firm with terrible pay and a slightly unbalanced boss. I’d been there for two years. Life was certainly exciting.

One afternoon I got a phone call from a recruiter who wanted to know if I’d thought about working in a Corporate Legal Dept. How she got my number I have no idea. I interviewed and was offered the job within 24 hours. Someone liked me! My pay doubled when I switched jobs. Life was good.

For the next nine years I learned a great deal and got several promotions. In 2009 the economy plummeted and around fifty percent of the company were given their marching orders…..I remained. I missed my friends who were no longer there.

The next five years weren’t so great and now I find myself a casualty of a very unexpected cut in the workforce. I’m not alone, but it still hurts. Sixteen years is a very hard habit to break, but I look at it as an opportunity. It’s nice to work somewhere for a long time, but your job shouldn’t become a habit. It should be something you wake up and get excited about each day.

Now, on the brink of a new opportunity, I’m scared and excited. I look at my exit as a gift. Oh sure, when I got the news I felt bitter, why me? I’m over it now though and honestly, it’s the company’s loss. I’m now ready and willing to put my enthusiasm and energy into something new. It’s exciting.

2015 is almost here and it really will be out with the old and in with the new. It’s an exciting prospect.