A New Job and Work/Life Balance

It’s now official – I have a new job. For the first time in 25 years I’m going to be employed instead of self-employed, so it’s a time of mixed emotions.

It’s true to say that it’s close to being a job in a million. For one thing, you don’t get too many job offers when you’re my age and have no proper qualifications. For another, there aren’t too many jobs going in the antiques trade. And finally, a job that allows you Wednesdays off (that’s Julia’s main day off) and regular time off for blood tests is also hard to find.

I’ve also been offered a job as a consultant with the jerk seasoning project. There’s no money attached to that yet but I’ve always wanted to be a consultant so I accepted.

In one way it’s a failure, as my original self-employment plan was to make a lot of money, become a well-respected figure in the trade and go into semi-retirement around the age of sixty.

The reality is that I scraped a living, enjoyed myself and have just accepted a job as a shop assistant in a collectors’ shop. However, I spent plenty of time with my kids and will be in the fortunate position of making a job out of my hobby, it’s hard to see it as a failure. Let’s call it a flawed success.

Watch this space…


Past Mayoress’s Jewel – Collectors’ World, Nottingham


31 thoughts on “A New Job and Work/Life Balance

  1. jaggh53163

    quercuscommunity, I don’t see any flaw in this success. Life changes us so we have to change out expectations. It sounds like you are in the place you are supposed to be in.Enjoy the blessing.

  2. arlingwoman

    Congratulations. I hope you enjoy this greatly. I’ve done self-employment, consulting, and freelance–whatever term you like–and it’s lovely and stimulating, but a bit stressful. The right job should be pretty easy to adapt to. Off course, it may be stressful in different ways. I always remind myself that I don’t have to make calls every month asking “Did you get my invoice?”

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