Tuesday, February 26, 2019

6 Weeks of No Active Income

Mid-January, I quit my job.

And then, I did these:
- Cleared up our wardrobe, thanks to MarieKondo Tidying Up series.
 - Bought a wardrobe (been delaying this for over a year).
- On rainy days, watched Netflix series.
- On sunny days, went for a walk by the beach side.
- Read 2-3 books.
- Signed up for a volunteer work to read for an hour with kids in school to enhance their literacy.
- Prune the garden.
- Caught up with ex-colleagues and friends for lunch.
- My husband and I are "low-maintenance" and it surprised me that we still got stuffs we haven't used for years. So I packed my corporate dresses I haven't used for awhile and gave them away. My husband gave away his 26-inch smart TV we haven't used since we moved to our home.
- Looked after my friend's kids.
- Baby-making (*blushed)
- Visited my family-in-laws. I called them up on Saturday morning and told them I got a week off before I start a new job, then plan to spend it with them. I booked my flights right after our call (after agreeing with my husband) and flew the following day. Talk about living for the moment. Be spontaneous.

I applied for jobs:
> for an internal non-client-facing role for a small office (I did not make it for the shortlist). The recruitment agent said that it's difficult to make the move from an operational to internal function. (Part of me did not believe her and wished I applied directly. I guess there's a reason why this application did not push through.)
> for a listed corporation. I made it for the shortlist, but it did not push through because their budget for this role was way lower than my asking salary. I thought to negotiate, but I sent a "thank-you" email instead. (This made me realised that I could not sell myself short and know my compensated value based on my years of experiences.)
- for a global corporation on a contractual basis. This was a project-based role and I expect this to be fulfilling. I am starting on this role by Monday.
- for another global corporation wherein the role was similar to my experiences. Within 5 days since I applied for this role, I was called for 2 interviews and offered the role, but I informed them I already accepted another offer. This made me realise that I have a market out there. Always.

The impact financially? I "borrowed" from "my" savings account for the big amounts like our monthly mortgage. I am thankful we are financial savvy and have allotted funds for "rainy" days. We are still on track with our plan to pay off a chunk of the principal amount of our mortgage this year.

This downtime for 6 weeks gave me so much time and I realised... I could never be a "full-time" housewife (though I keep on joking this to my husband!) 😂 I get bored. I love socialising, networking and talking to people. My husband joked me the other day by giving me a mathematical equation to solve - he said to test if my brain is still working. 😄

Other than actively seeking for a new job, my very core went back to my entrepreneurial spirit. The past 5 years became my comfortable "privacy" zone and I was content, with living life, privately. My downtime ignited the spark. I can see better days ahead.

Keep learning and keep on moving forward!

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