Retirement and the Sleep Factor.

You must all have noticed how great you feel when you wake up after a really good night’s sleep. As slumber drifts from your body and mind, you feel good, ready to handle anything the day throws at you. You’re rested and in control.

So why is sleep so elusive? This past week has been awful! Much too stressful, long hours at work, followed by coming home and worrying if I’d got everything done. Each night after going to bed, I’d remember something important I’d missed. That paid to my sleep.

Last night was the first night in almost a week that I slept long and hard, and woke up feeling refreshed. If only I felt like this every day. I think my massage and reflexology helped, but that’s a luxury I can only occasionally afford. How do I manage to sleep on a regular basis? I sleep well on vacation, because there’s nothing to worry about.

I’m wondering if perhaps its time to retire.

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Look a little on the Sunny Side – The Monday Blues

I had the Monday Blues today! Oh everything went wrong. I shook my jar of green juice this morning, you guessed it, the top wasn’t on right. Green slime all over me, the coffee machine and the counter top.

I set off to work (late) and every car on the road was going at least ten miles less than the speed limit!

Got a cracked windscreen!

When I switched on my computer every email I opened presented a new issue to deal with.

My packed lunch was tasteless (no one but me to blame for that).

Rushed home for an appointment with someone at my house, got the day wrong, the appointment is set for Wednesday.

Missed delivery of a package I was waiting for…..and so it goes on.

So here I sit with a glass of crisp Italian wine, listening to a good old tune from my teens (now that was a LONG time ago). Its been playing in my head all day. It helped me back in the seventies, and it’s helping me today.

I thought I’d share it with you.

Weekend chores and wine!

It’s the weekend so why,

Do I cook, clean, shop, iron, wash, work in the yard………..yea, I know, because it’s the weekend.

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Maybe it’s time for a glass of wine!

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Rome, Milan, Lake Garda, Siena and Ravello – not long now.

It isn’t difficult to tell I started a new job. This is my first post since March 22nd. After over three months at home its hard to get back into the swing of working again. Last week I was WIPED OUT and could barely stay awake when I got home. This week is a little easier, but I’m still tired. Hard to believe a three-month break can change so much, I’ve worked all of my life.

Now my daughter, who has always lived close by is starting a new job too, in Dallas. I’m very happy for her, and sad that I’ll have to get on a plane to see her now. It’s a fantastic opportunity that she can’t refuse. She’s a smart cookie. Nothing stays the same for long. It is going to  make our summer trip to Italy very special because I’ll have her with me for two whole weeks. Italy and family, what could be better?

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Rome 2010 – Restaurant 35

Pretty soon I’ll be able to add more photos from Italy. Rome, Milan, Lake Garda, Siena and Ravello in July 2015. Can’t wait! I know Rome well, but if anyone has any suggestions or tips for the rest of my trip I’d love to hear them.

 

Last Day of Freedom!

I haven’t worked since Thanksgiving! Yes, it’s almost four months since I was laid off from my job of sixteen years. I’m going to be absolutely truthful, I haven’t missed it one bit! I really miss some of the people I worked with, but not all of them. The good thing about not being there anymore is I can choose who I see now. I can get together for a glass of wine with those people I enjoyed working with. It’s a good thing.

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Tomorrow I start a new job. Am I nervous? A little. However my excitement at meeting new people outweighs my nerves. We work to earn money to pay the bills and maintain our life style, but we need to enjoy the way we earn that money. Eight hours of misery is not the way to do it. I’m pretty sure that isn’t going to happen to me anymore. I was very careful at picking the positions I wanted to interview for. When I interviewed, it wasn’t just about that position. When I made my final decision it was 70% based on the people I’d interviewed with. Could I work with them? Did we have things in common? Would they like me?

Yes, today is my last day of freedom. I start work tomorrow, and I’m nervous, but happy!

Greed!

Only one more Friday of being at home before I start my new job. A new adventure I never expected. I look forward to starting a fresh with new friends and colleges and learning new skills in a large International Company. I’ve heard the culture is fantastic. So excited!

For sixteen years I worked at a small private company. The early years were good. We were heavily involved in charities and gave back to the community. I felt I was part of an organization that cared. I was proud to tell people where I worked. Then greed set in!

Greed is an awful thing. There is a huge difference between running a successful business, and greed. Once greed takes hold it’s hard to shake off. Promises were broken, trust lost, loyalty cast aside. When they laid me off, I was hurt and confused, but also a little relieved. It gave me the push I needed to try something new.

Take heed all you entrepreneurs who are starting businesses and tempting employees to come onboard with promises of greatness. Keep your promises! Your company is only as good as those people who work for you. If they believe in you, they’ll do whatever it takes to make you and your venture succeed.

If you betray them and make promises you don’t intent to keep, your business will fail because they won’t believe in you anymore. Loyalty is something you must earn. A great company is built by great people from the bottom up. Lead by example, it’s the only thing that works.

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Monday Morning Reflection

It’s Monday morning.

For most of my adult life I’ve risen early and fought the morning rush hour. My last two Monday mornings have been spent scouring job openings, worried I can’t find a position. This morning is different. I don’t have a new job yet, but I’m a little more choosy and relaxed in my search. I’m dwelling on whats important to me. I don’t just want a job!  

Instead, I want to spend my days doing something I enjoy, with good people who want to do the same.  At the end of each day I want to leave work and think…..Yes, that was a good day. 

This morning, instead of rushing to my laptop and trying to weed out the right position, I slung my camera around my neck and captured the world around me. It was worth it!

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Maybe today I’ll do a little marketing on my book, or work on my new novel, the day is mine. 

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A Word of Advice – Make Time for Yourself

I’ve been irritated all week with my crazy work schedule. My irritation kept me awake at night and made me grumpy in the morning. I was out of sorts, annoyed and just plain miserable. Now it’s the weekend! Yes, I have a lot to do at home, but in my own time, so I am prioritizing. I’m making time to do what I like best, writing. I’ve blogged another installment of my ‘Dark Angel’ story on my other blog Words From Beyond and now I’m going work on the final edit of ‘Fire and Darkness’, my next short story.

Guess what…….I’m not irritated anymore. The cure for irritation…….make time to do the things you love to do! Have a lovely weekend.

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My Journey through the Week. TGISaturday

crazy-computer-womanDid you ever have a week where every day was worse than the one before? I just did.

I started the week tired after a weekend long fiction writers conference. A great conference, but exhausting none the less. Busy time at work with a large deal closing. I’m also remodelling my bathroom, which meant running around in my lunch times, as well as after work to choose and match tile, granite, cabinets etc. I’m not quite as young as I used to be, and it’s catching up with me. Yesterday I could barely get out of bed, but it was Friday, I made it.

At last the weekend is here, all be it crammed full with things that have to get done, but I can do them in MY OWN TIME. Who knows, I may even find time to write.

 

My work week was a little wild

I made it though to my surprise

The weekends here and I’m alive

For now anyway!

Check out my first novel Dead of July – a German Ghost Story

Maybe I’ll find time today to work on my second one.

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Deep Breaths, Weddings and Dreams of Italy

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I’m planning a wedding and writing a book

I’m also a housekeeper, wife and cook

My full-time job keeps my busy all day

In a Legal Department the Corporate way

The wedding in June will be a lovely affair

A beautiful party for the happy pair

Next year Italy, three weeks for a rest

Will I make it that long?

I’m doing my best.

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