Happy 2014 Is Over…Welcome 2015!
I had quite the year in 2014, a year packed with much job and career drama, health concerns, health insurance issues, you name it. Fortunately, this was only for just over half of the year, by which point I just said ENOUGH and I poured my heart out to God, and then came the solutions, sometimes almost like magic.
So 2014 began at a time when it was busy season in my last job, but along with the usual busy-ness I was accustomed to, there was a glooming negative energy. At times there was much drama and to compound matters I was temping in a role that I had previously been permanent for three full years. Not good. The good news though, is that I was studying and finally obtained my well needed, high in demand certification, in April.
Back on the downside, silently I also suffered discomfort from a health condition I had been living with since three years prior, but just kept putting off dealing with it. By the time I did decide to deal with it, there was much uncertainty surrounding the health insurance plan I had at the time. However, after much tooth pulling so to speak, I had a successful surgery in July.
August must have been the start of the turning point. Job interviews kept pouring in one after the other. I recall one day I even had two interviews on the same day. It felt nice at first having so many interviews week after week, but I became eager and needed to get a solid offer quickly, as it would have helped with some urgent personal matters that needed to be addressed by September. I called on God and all the heavenly powers for divine help, and to my surprise it came swiftly. I finally got a job offer that had all the ingredients I was looking for – permanent, 8.30 am start, 5pm finish, convenient location, nice working environment, popular company and the EXACT salary that I had been wishing for. Awesome :-).
While all was off to a great new career start, of course the usual “learning curve” was there, so it surely was not all glitter and glam. It required some effort, but at least it was worthwhile.
The year ran off (yes it literally ran) and I continued to get glimpses of happiness with the next favourable moment being the Cayman Islands Book Fair. I had the pleasure of being celebrated as an author, along with other authors in the Cayman Islands. Leading up to the event, I got the opportunity to promote my work on a radio interview. It felt wonderful.
The weekend just before the book fair was quite eventful, but in a rather different way. My young son, in a moment of boredom, decided to take a mad dash towards the road when an SUV was approaching. With no time to waste I dashed after him and found myself lying in the road, in front of the SUV that had stopped. I realized I had ripped off about half my finger nail from one of my fingers. But thank God my son was alright. My husband took me to the hospital, and I had to suffer a few needle pricks as the doctor tried to numb my finger, so he could dress and treat the nail area. I also suffered a painful tetanus injection. Oh what a night…
Well, all is well that ends well. December came to a close at a time when I successfully made it to my initial 90 days of my new job. Booyah! I do not take this for granted at all. It is a challenging role, and I have heard quite a few stories of employers in other jobs elsewhere who do not have good outcomes on their 90 day review, so I am grateful that mine went well.
As I look forward to 2015 I must acknowledge all the soul searching and self cleansing process that I also went through in 2014. In 2014 I decided to finally release whatever no longer served me – negativity, emotional pain, sensitivity, anger, hurt. I decided to let all that go. I do not mean I decided one day to let go of those and all of a sudden they vanished. No, I started a process to clear those traits, beginning firstly with the mindset to do so. This comes with a price I must admit. It does not mean that all of a sudden I am friends with everyone. In fact, it may mean the opposite. It may mean at times letting go of people and relationships that are unhealthy for me, and I determine why they are unhealthy. It may also mean, no longer being too isolated, but finding more time for enjoyment and for the things in my life that bring me true happiness, such as my family, my children, my church, my God, my religion and God’s wonderful earth – sun, land and sea, which essentially means more outdoor time for me.
I look back on 2014 with joy that it is over, but also gratitude for all the lessons I have learnt. I know not what my future holds, but with God’s help, I step out in faith looking forward to an amazing 2015!