Them Retrenchment Blue

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[Edit: I started this blog in mid-March, I’m gainfully employed again, but why the hell not post this]

Why hello, unemployment. We meet again! I know some people like to jazz you up and call you ‘Funemployment’ but honestly there’s nothing fun about a future of looming debit orders, lack of medical aid and zero inflow of cash. But times are tough and shit happens and I know it’s been less than 18 months since we last met, but, you gotta get down on Frid – oh, no wait. That’s not it. You gotta DOWN the Mainstay*

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Beginning Again

365 days ago, around this time, I was sitting in a meeting that would change my life. I should have known, but I guess I was in denial up until I walked in and saw our HR manager sitting there with A4 brown envelopes. Envelopes of that size and that colour never, ever have good news inside them. My team and I were told that the December issue of seventeen would be our last and at the end of 2013, seventeen would be no more. My dream job was over, my relationship was on the brink of breaking up and I came unmoored from life as I knew it.

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The Week That Was

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Whoops, should have put this together and posted yesterday but I was OUT LIVING. So, here’s a late Week That Was post filled with the wonders of my last few days of leave and the beginning of the 2014 work year. And a whole lot of living thrown in as well.

Also, I know my pic up there aint all that. Blame my phone. I’m upgrading to something more awesome come the end of this year.

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The Week That Was

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Naturally this week for South Africans, as well as the world, has been overshadowed by the passing of our former president, Nelson Mandela. Much has been said, much more will be, but I’ll add only this to the conversation: Rest in peace, Tata. Without you, I’d never had been able to date Dean, I’d never have had the amazing bosses I’ve had, I wouldn’t be able to have my Uncle John or my (second) godfather Mbongeni or worked with the amazing team I had at seventeen. Our nation is forever in your debt for all you did.

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What Now?

let goPeople keep asking me ‘What now? What’s your plan? What are you doing next?’October saw the end of two huge parts of my life: my relationship and my job. Now, the future is scary and big and wide open and 2014 is going to look nothing like I planned. I’m kinda scared, I’m a lot of nervous and loads of excited. I’ve cried a lot in the past few weeks (a lot, I swear, probably solely supported the tissue industry for a while). I still feel down a lot, but I’ve made the decision to stop being sad.

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