I found out a few days back that my time on Furlough would come to an end on Thursday and as of the 1st May I’d be back in the saddle with the job I love so much.
I’d like to start by saying thanks to anyone who has liked or commented on my posts over the last month.
Writing and emptying my head of my thoughts now a regular basis has been very therapeutic and hopefully offered additional benefit for others too.
I know that many of my colleagues will remain in this purgatory state for another month, and my thoughts are with them.
I hope they’re keeping busy, finding positives and remaining sane. I’ve said to a few people today, we’ll hopefully never get a time like this again, so we really must do the most with what we have been given. As ever, I’m here if you want to talk.
You kinda know what I’ve achieved, but here is a quick resume. I’ve finished my garage workbench including hidden DJ booth and faux toolbox cupboard door. The garage is tidy with more shelves built. Connies bike, albeit with no wheels now works (the chain was rusted solid) and I’ve hung a new picture up in there too.
Elsewhere I have painted our hall stairs and landing – Connie did a bit of that, I can’t take all the credit. I’ve built shelves in our shed and outside cupboard, glossed some skirting in the conservatory and cutback an old bush in the garden.
My Porsche now has new speaker wires for the doors, it had it first wash and wax of the year and now sports an upgraded headlamp wiring loom. It’s fair to say this is possibly my most productive month ever on planet earth.
That is before I consider the huge number of bonus hours I have been gifted to spend with my two lovely (and sometimes infuriating) daughters, and my wonderfully supportive wife Connie.
With the clock ticking like a classic tv game show, I guess I should mention my progress with that too. An idea (which for copyright reasons I won’t divulge just yet) has now been played by two different groups and with Connies help and our families input we are making tweaks to prepare a format that could actually be pitched to TV companies – this would never have happened without this time. Crazy!
Having spent the last ten years writing for work I have finally found reason to create my own blog to host my own ramblings. I’d have never have thought it would be about this particular subject, but the time’s have lead me to it.
http://www.newworking.co.uk will be live in a matter of days shining positives on the current world situation and offering words of encouragement to those who are thinking they must make a change to their work / life balance now, and moving forward.
I’ll be hosting all my previous ‘One Man Went’ posts and also adding additional comment on other subjects surrounding new working. I hope you’ll find it interesting or inspiring, I would love to hear from those with stories and comments to share on the subject too – positive stuff only please.
A quick bit of contemplation for those with kids… cast your mind back to when you were young. What did you love to do with your Mum or Dad? For me tinkering with cars, doing DIY, or learning a new ‘grown up’ skill.
Could you offer that to your little people? Get them away from the telly for a while and build some memories and maybe even something tangible they can look back on or use in weeks or months to come.
Love to all
First published on Facebook 27th April 2020