The first half of this decade was all about working hard, earning lots of money and spending it all (well a good proportion) on fantastic holidays.
As a result of that mentality, in this decade I visited so many countries and continents. Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest Coast, Florida, Michigan, San Fransisco, Las Vegas, Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Ireland, Ibiza, Multiple trips to Italy and then European City breaks with my friend to Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Italy again (yep it’s my favourite country in case you were wondering).
Throughout the decade my husband and I also travelled within the UK, camping, holiday cottages, hotels, B&Bs. We’ve visited quite a few of the Scottish Isles and spent some time exploring the northern coast of Scotland.
I started the decade working as a Sales Operations Consultant, which I loved and worked for a boss I respected and loved working for, I off-shored my job to India and then managed a large Project Management Office team, then was accepted on an internal training Academy and became an Account Manager on the Metropolitan Police account, working in London 4 days a week. At the end of our contract with them, I then spent 8 weeks travelling around South & Central America and when I returned started working as the Sales Financial Controller for Northern Europe…all these jobs with the same company.
I finish the decade having taken an extended career break from office working and have learned to knit, spin, weave, wet felt, needle felt and incredibly people I’ve never met have bought things I have made!
I have ‘met’ some fantastic bloggers through my blog, who inspire me, make me smile, help me know I’m not alone when I’m feeling blue and who are incredibly supportive. I really feel like I am at last part of a community where I belong and amongst people who ‘get me’ and who ‘I get’.
I said goodbye to my two cats and gained a dog. My husband has been a rock for me on the journey through this decade, despite me making it very bumpy along the way.
I don’t know what the new decade will bring, not the sort of amazing trips we had before, but I have definitely learned that it is better to be happy most of the time than be a slave to earning a big wage and effectively living for a few joyful weeks somewhere abroad.
Oh and our holidays are much now more environmentally friendly and boosting the UK economy these days. 😀
What has this decade taught you? Do you look back or only look forward?
I hope the new year and new decade bring you all that you wish for.